Treadmill Accidents | Defective Gym Equipment Injuries
Treadmills are a staple at most health clubs across the U.S. and are integrated into the fitness routines of many of the health clubs members. However, at times injuries occur from the use or miss-use of such equipment and health clubs can be liable for your treadmill injuries. According the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2,600 children were hospitalized from treadmill injuries in the last two years. Health club operators have a duty to inspect machines and notify their members if the treadmill is out of order, or not in a properly working condition. Often times such health club operators fail to notify member of the defective product. When a health club operator fails to notify of a defective treadmill or product within their facilities they can be held liable and responsible for the harm suffered. Common injuries associated with defective or poorly maintained treadmills include back and spinal cord injuries, torn ligament, fractured bones, knee injuries, traumatic brain damage, electric shock, broken nose and facial fractures and lacerations.
If you were injured in a treadmill accident or any incident involving defective gym equipment, it is important that you seek legal assistance with one of our experts as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to file your lawsuit and win. Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims – including treadmill injury claims and defective gym equipment injury claims. You can trust that our lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to successfully sue and recover what you are owed.
Most Common Injuries
Some of the most common injuries that could occur due to treadmill accidents and gym accidents, in general, include the following:
- Head injuries, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Facial damage, including injuries like broken nose, broken teeth, broken eye socket, etc.
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones in general
- Spine injuries
- Nerve injuries, nerve injuries, ligament injuries, etc.
- Crushing injuries
These injuries can all potentially be devastating. Some injuries can cause extensive damage that can result require long-term medical care, including surgeries, prescription medication for pain management, physical therapy, etc. Some injuries can also be permanently disabling. Of course, these injuries can also potentially be fatal.
Regardless of the specific injuries that you or a member of your family suffered in a treadmill incident, you might have grounds to sue. For more information about the legal options available to you, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately.
Who is at fault for a Treadmill Accident
When considering fault for treadmill accidents it is important to understand all the facts associated with your injury. If you have been injured it is necessary to understand the degree of fault which you may be liable for, against the liability of the health club for failing to notify their members. If the health club acts in a manner inconsistent with the well being of its member’s then liability can be imposed upon them. However, such liability can be reduced depending on whether the injured party was acting in a contributory negligent manner. Contributory negligence can be implied when you fail to take proper measures or fail to pay attention to your surroundings, or improperly programming the treadmill. Often time health club members fail to set proper settings when they start their work out routine. Such incidents can occur when they set the running sped above recommended levels or adjust the incline to levels which are not safe. In such instances the health club may not be liable for the injuries sustained. In other instances when the health club had knowledge of the defective condition or was aware that the member was not aware as to how to operate the equipment then liability can be found. Our office will aggressively defend those injured in health club treadmill accident and our Los Angeles treadmill accident lawyers are here to help. Below is a list of other common defective gym equipment
- StairMaster: other step equipment
- Nautilus Machines
- Bench Press machines and fly machines
- Leg Press machines
Treadmill accidents, including sudden stops and sudden starts, specifically, are usually caused by treadmills that are not working correctly (normally because of a lack of maintenance but sometimes also because of a manufacturing defect). Regardless of the specific type of incident that you suffered, you should explore your legal options as soon as possible.
Top Treadmill Manufacturers
The leading treadmill manufacturers are listed below:
- Icon Health & Fitness
- Life Fitness
- Nautilus International
- Cybex International
- True Fitness
- StairMaster Health & Fitness Products
- Woodway Incorporated
Treadmills Purchased through Amazon
Can I sue Amazon for the harm caused by a product that I purchased with them? Can I sue Amazon for a defective treadmill I purchased on their website? Until recently, Amazon was able to get away with liability for defective product claims because they claimed that they were just connecting buyers with sellers. However, a court order stated that Amazon can be, in fact, liable for any harm resulting from a defective product sold and purchased through their site.
The best-selling treadmills on Amazon include the following:
- XTERRA Fitness TR150 Folding Treadmill
- NordicTrack T Series Treadmills
- Goplus 2 in 1 Folding Treadmill
- Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T1407M Foldable Manual Walking Treadmill
- WalkingPad Folding Treadmill
For more information about Amazon liability for harm resulting from defective products, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm today.
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Treadmill and Gym Incidents in Airbnbs, Hotels, Motels, Apartment Buildings, and Private Gyms
Many hotels, motels, Airbnb rentals, and apartment buildings have on-site gyms or at least some gym equipment that is available for guests to use. Of course, it is possible for the equipment on these properties to be dangerous or defective in some way, which could lead to incidents and injuries to innocent parties. Based on the concept of premise liability, all property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe for their guests. If these property owners choose to make gym equipment available to their guests, then they must also ensure that all the equipment available is safe for their guests to use.
Unfortunately, treadmill incidents and gym incidents in apartment buildings, private gyms (including underground gyms), hotel gyms, Airbnb gyms, etc., are caused by a lack of maintenance and improper upkeep, in general. These property owners simply do not take the care necessary to keep their premises safe for their guests.
In case of a gym incident in any of these properties, you could definitely file an injury lawsuit against the property owner.
What should I do if I have been involved in a Gym Equipment Treadmill Accident?
If you have been injured it is important to take down the names of as many people you can as well as notating the condition of the machine at the time. The names of other members who witnessed the incident as well as any trainers, managers or others who were present at the time of the injury. When detailed information can be provided this will strengthen your case and allow us to better proceed to recover for you damages. If you have been injured our office can do a free case evaluation of to see if you have a cause of action. Our attorneys will help you decide what to do. Contact our treadmill accident attorneys of Los Angeles today for a free case evaluation.
A quick summary of the steps to take if you are hurt due to a damaged, defective, or broken treadmill is listed below:
- Take photos of all your visible injuries
- Take photos of the scene of the incident
- Seek medical care as soon as possible
- Speak to witnesses and collect their contact information
- File a report with the property owner – request a copy of the report for your records
- Gather any video footage that might have captured your accident
- Gather all medical records
- Gather records of lost income
- Seek legal assistance with an experienced gym injury attorney as soon as possible
For more information about what to do after a treadmill or gym incident, do not hesitate to contact our experts at your earliest convenience.
Average Case Value
If your treadmill accident or gym accident lawsuit is successful, you could be eligible to recover monetary compensation. Some of the categories of compensation that might be available for recovery could include the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
How much could you be eligible to receive? What is the average case value of treadmill and gym accident claims? The value of these claims can vary significantly based on the details of the claim, specifically the severity of the injuries. In general, the more severe the injuries, the higher the value of the claim. Claims with minor injuries can be worth up to $150,000. Claims with more moderate injuries can be worth up to $350,000. Claims with more severe injuries can be worth up to $750,000. Some injury claims can be worth up to $1 million.
For more information about the possible value of your lawsuit, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm as soon as possible.
Wrongful Death Claims
If a member of your family died in a treadmill or gym accident, then you could have grounds to file a lawsuit for wrongful death. In addition to the compensation listed above, you could also be entitled to recover compensation for funeral and burial costs as well as loss of consortium (the lost ability to have a normal family relationship with the victim). If you are unsure of whether you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts immediately. Our lawyers can help you understand your right to pursue a wrongful death claim for the death of your loved one.
How Long Does It Take to Settle a Gym Accident Claim?
In perfect scenarios, claims can be settled in as little as six months. However, more complicated cases can take up to two years to settle. Of course, it can be frustrating to have to wait to settle your treadmill accident lawsuit. However, with the appropriate representation, your claim can settle within a reasonable length of time for a fair value.
If you have already started your claim elsewhere but you are unhappy with how long things are taking, then you can actually switch lawyers and get better representation. Here at our law firm, we can help you even if you have already started your claim elsewhere.
Contact Us Today
Here at our law firm, we are dedicated to making things as simple as possible. We offer free legal services – including both free consultations and free 2nd opinions. Whether you are just starting out your claim or are looking to switch lawyers, our lawyers can provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim and win what you are owed. If you are ready to discuss your lawsuit with our experts, contact us immediately – we are ready to help you.
We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee – you will not have to pay upfront legal costs for our legal services. We also work on contingency; therefore, you will actually not have to pay anything unless you win. If your lawsuit is not successful, you will not be responsible for paying any legal fees.
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