Sitting back and enjoying the warmth and kneading sensations of a massage chair is a popular form of relaxation. Many people also use massage chairs to relieve back aches other pains that are associated with an injury. Thus, it’s not surprising that these chairs are readily available at salons, health spas, shopping malls, and even in people’s homes. However, a massage chair must be properly constructed and cared for in order to prevent serious injuries to the user.
A defective or broken massage chair can lead to crushing injuries, especially among small children and babies. This can cause severe health complications, and even death in the worst case scenario. That’s why reasonable care must be exercised by both the product maker and owner of the chair. When these entities are negligent in their duty of care, it’s more than likely that someone will be injured from a malfunctioning massage chair.
As the victim of another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation from the manufacturer or owner of the property where the massage chair is located. A massage chair injury attorney at our office can help you understand your rights and legal options during a free initial consultation.
The Hidden Dangers of a Massage Chair
In all fairness, massage chairs are generally safe to use, as proven by the millions of people who enjoy sitting in them. However, there are certain issues that can cause the chair to be unsafe. These include lack of maintenance and repair by the owner, which may be the owner of a home or a business that offers the chair to their customers. Alternatively, problems may be caused by the company that designed and/or manufactured the chair, which means that the consumer was sold a defective product.
Either of these situations can lead to an accident, like the 2022 incident involving a woman in Naples, Florida. The victim was forced to call 911 when the rollers in her massage chair locked around her foot, causing her severe pain and distress. Firefighter were forced to break the chair apart and cut through the steel rods that held the rollers in place.
Children and babies are also at risk of accidents involving massage chairs. For example, a 4-year-old boy was tragically crushed to death in 2013 while he was playing under a massage chair. The child’s head got caught in the chair when he turned it on with the remote control, which caused him to die from blunt force trauma. These accidents are not uncommon, especially with infants, who can get stuck in the chair if there are spaces and gaps that they can fall through. If someone turns on the chair or it turns on by itself, it’s more than likely that the baby will be crushed to death.
Other Injuries that can be Caused by Massage Chairs
Without a doubt, crushing incidents are the most likely source of injury when there is a defect or malfunction with a massage chair. However, users can also sustain burn and electric shock injuries due to wiring issues or issues with the heat settings. Problems with internal settings can also lead to excessive pressure from the rollers, which can leave you with bruises and significant pain.
The worst injuries, however, are associated with electric shocks, which can cause severe muscle spasms, breathing problems, burn injuries, and even cardiac arrest. This can happen from wiring malfunctions or failure by the manufacturer to include clear instructions on how to operate and maintain the chair. But these injuries can also be attributed to lack of maintenance, like failure by a business to make necessary repairs, even when there are clear signs that something is wrong with the chair.
Who Can I Sue if I was Injured by a Massage Chair?
Negligence, or the failure to take reasonable care, is the foundation of all personal injury and wrongful death claims. However, it can be difficult to figure out who the negligent party is when it comes to an accident that was caused by a dangerous product. Quite possibly, the source of your injuries is the manufacturer, as they have a duty to ensure that their products are as safe as possible before they are released on the market. For example, all massage chairs should have an auto default that sets the chair back to its original settings when it’s turned off. This is crucial in cases where someone is stuck in the chair and needs the rollers to release so that they can get out.
The other entity that may be liable for your injuries is the property owner, whether you were harmed in someone’s home or at a commercial setting. Once the massage chair leaves the manufacturer’s possession, it’s up to the owner to take care of it and ensure that it’s safe when used as intended. This is their legal responsibility under the law of premises liability, which is another principle that may provide you with grounds for a lawsuit.
We can help you determine the right party to go after and ensure that you receive every penny you are entitled to as a victim of someone else’s negligence.
What is the Compensation that’s Available to Victims?
Your settlement from a massage chair injury case includes compensation for numerous expenses, such as medical bills, wages lost from your job, and damage to your possessions. In addition, you may qualify for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress. These payments compensate you for the physical and emotional ordeal of suffering an injury, including long-term or lifelong trauma.
What if I’ve lost a loved one to a defective massage chair accident? In that case, we may be able to assist you with a wrongful death compensation claim, which is a lawsuit filed by the spouse or family member of an accident victim. This type of legal action will provide you with a variety of payments, such as funeral expenses, loss of consortium, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.
For a detailed explanation on the compensation you are eligible to receive, contact our law firm as soon as possible.
What are These Lawsuits Worth on Average?
It’s difficult to say with any certainty what the average massage chair injury accident claim is worth. Based on the severity of your injuries and other important factors, payments can range from $15,000 to $1,000,000 or more if you are the victim of an injury. If you are suing for wrongful death compensation, case values can start at around $500,000 and go all the way into the several million dollar range. Our product accident injury lawyers are here for you if you would like to learn the approximate value of your case. Simply contact us at our office and schedule a free case review.
How Long it takes to Settle a Massage Chair Accident Case
These cases are extremely complex, whether you have a lawsuit against the product maker or the property owner. Due to the technicalities that are involved, the process of preparing an injury claim, determining your case value, and negotiating the payment you deserve can take one or more years. On average, we would say that 6 to 12 months is a reasonable amount of time to reach a settlement. However, the need for additional actions, like requesting mediation or going to trial, can extend your case timeline by two or more years.
Statute of Limitations for a Defective Product Injury Claim
The law provides two years for the filing of a lawsuit if you’ve been injured by an unsafe product. In the event you are seeking wrongful death benefits, your statute of limitations is two years from the date of your loved one’s passing. Keep in mind that you will most likely be barred from suing the responsible party if you are more than two years from the accident date or date of death. To ensure that you can receive compensation from a successful lawsuit, contact us right away.
Free Second Opinion Consultation
If you’re feeling dissatisfaction with your current law firm and need advice from another attorney, contact us for a free second opinion. We know how frustrating it can be when your case is stuck in limbo, and there’s a lack of communication or satisfactory answers from your legal representative. We are happy to discuss the issues you are having and provide suggestions on how to get your case back on track. If you would like to schedule a free second opinion, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
The Product Injury Lawyers of DTLA Law Group
Our accident injury lawyers are ready to guide you through the legal process if a broken or defective massage chair caused harm to you or your family member. These incidents can have a devastating impact on your health and finances, which is why it’s essential to fight for the settlement you deserve by law.
We know how confused you may be right now, and ultimately, pursuing a lawsuit is completely up to you. But there’s no harm in taking some time to talk to a lawyer with experience in massage chair accident injury cases. If you are interested in filing a claim, you will not be charged for any of our services under the Zero Fee Guarantee. We get paid at the same time you receive compensation from the defendant. If we fail to secure your settlement award, you won’t be billed for any legal fees.
Please take a moment to give us a call and schedule a free, confidential meeting with one of our legal experts.