Exercise Equipment Accident Lawyers in Boulder
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People exercise for different reasons, whether to lose weight, develop more muscle, to improve their health, to relieve stress, or other motivations. Unfortunately, the equipment we depend on to help us get healthier and better ourselves, may actually harm us, causing injuries, when that exercise equipment does not function as intended. Even worse, most of these accidents can be prevented if the equipment manufacturer or property owner had taken proper care to protect against faulty equipment, and ensure the equipment was properly maintained and was not defective.
If you have been injured on a treadmill or other exercise equipment, you should contact the Boulder personal injury lawyers from Zinda Law Group by calling (800) 863-5312 as soon as possible. If we are not able to win your case, you will not owe us anything.
WHAT TO DO AFTER BEING INJURED ON EXERCISE EQUIPMENT
While exercise is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, exercising using equipment can still be hazardous. Indeed, according to the National Safety Council and reported by the Insurance Information Institute (III), there were about 468,000 exercise-related injuries in 2019, which was the highest reported injuries for any category of sports and recreation. Most of these injuries were suffered by adults aged 25 to 64; over 50,000 of the injuries occurred to children hurt by exercise equipment or who were otherwise exercising.
Even if the equipment is being used properly, there are a number of risks associated with the use of exercise equipment. If you or someone you know were injured while using exercise equipment, you should follow these steps:
1. Immediately Stop Using the Equipment
You should immediately stop using any equipment if you suffer any injury. Continuing to use the equipment, even if you just want to finish your exercise routine or program, can cause your injuries to worsen. Further, in some cases, continuing to use the equipment may make it more difficult for your attorney to prove your case.
2. Seek Immediate Medical Attention
As with any accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you suspect you have been injured at all. Even if your injuries appear to be relatively minor at first, you should still have your doctor examine you to make sure you did not suffer any serious injuries requiring treatment and that any minor injuries will not worsen. Finally, failing to seek medical attention may make it harder to pursue compensation later for any medical bills incurred to treat your injuries.
3. Document Everything
After seeing to any injuries requiring immediate medical attention, you should document as much as possible. Take pictures and videos if possible, of the equipment, capturing as much as possible of any broken or malfunctioning parts or features. You should also collect contact information for any witnesses who may have seen or heard your accident. All of this documentation may be crucial in helping your attorney prove your case and help you pursue the maximum compensation you may be entitled to.
4. Contact An Experienced Boulder Personal Injury Lawyer Near You
As soon as you are able to, you should contact an experienced Boulder personal injury attorney to handle your case. Your attorney can help you better understand your legal options and discuss whether you may have a case. Further, your attorney may help you determine who may be liable for your injuries, such as the manufacturer or retailer of any defective equipment for designing, manufacturing, or selling defective equipment without proper warning labels.
The gym owner may also be liable for failing to properly maintain the machinery or neglecting to place a warning on any equipment that was not properly functioning. Providing your attorney with any documentation you have from your accident may help him or her build the strongest case possible so you can seek the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. By contacting an injury attorney in Boulder as soon as possible after your accident, you are making it possible for them to begin their investigation quickly while evidence may still be readily available.
COMMON TYPES OF EXERCISE EQUIPMENT INJURIES
Workout accidents can occur anywhere you are exercising, whether you are working out at a gym or at home, as all exercise equipment has some risks. However, beyond some general risks or risks posed by any horseplay activity, exercise equipment may also be defective or break, causing serious injuries to anyone using the equipment. If you or a loved one were injured on a spin bike or while using other exercise equipment at home or in a gym, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries.
Exercise Accidents at Home
Many individuals want to maintain healthy habits by working out but prefer to do so in the comfort of their own homes. While exercising at home may be more convenient, there are a number of risks associated with using at-home work out equipment such as elliptical machines, treadmills, stair steppers, and stationary bikes. Many times, the use of at-home workout equipment may result in an accident due to a manufacturing error.
For example, a weight machine may contain a defective pulley system so that a cable could snap while you are lifting weights, causing an injury from the cable itself or the sudden change in resistance. If you were injured while exercising using improperly manufactured at-home workout equipment such as a treadmill or spin bike, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer who designed or manufactured the faulty equipment or the retailer who sold you the equipment.
Exercise Accidents in a Gym
Meanwhile, exercise equipment can cause injuries even in a gym environment where gym owners or others responsible for the property are expected to make sure that any equipment made available for your use is in safe working condition and has been properly maintained. Poor gym maintenance may lead to injuries as equipment breaks down, breaks, or is otherwise damaged. Further, you may also suffer an injury at the gym as a result of gym clutter, such as when free weights are left scattered along the ground and gym employees fail to keep public areas free of any hazards.
who may be liable for injuries caused by exercise equipment?
If you or your child have been hurt by exercise equipment, you should not feel embarrassed or like it was your fault. In many cases, exercise equipment injuries suffered on treadmills, spin bikes, and other equipment are caused by malfunctions with the equipment or other design problems. As a result, the manufacturer or retailer who sold the equipment may be liable for any injuries caused by the defective equipment. Meanwhile, the gym owner or property owner responsible for the equipment may be liable if your injuries were caused by their failure to properly maintain or repair the machine or equipment.
how our boulder personal injury lawyers can help
The skilled team at Zinda Law Group has years of experience helping victims of personal injury accidents of all types, including exercise equipment accidents. If your injuries were caused by defective exercise equipment, your lawyer may help you file a products liability case against the manufacturer or retailer of the equipment. To win your case, your attorney may use evidence gathered during the investigation to prove:
- The other party designed, manufactured, distributed, or otherwise marketed or sold defective exercise equipment.
- The exercise equipment was defective when it left the other party’s possession.
- The victim used the exercise equipment as intended or otherwise in a manner that was reasonably foreseeable.
- The victim suffered injuries or damages because of the defective product.
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If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident caused by exercise equipment, you should contact a Boulder personal injury lawyer near you to help you pursue the maximum compensation you may be entitled to for you or your loved one’s injuries. We use exercise equipment to improve our health, and manufacturers, retailers, and gym owners have a duty to make sure that the exercise equipment they manufacture or sell does not contain defects or hidden dangers that can cause injuries even while being used as intended. Similarly, gym owners and other property owners who provide exercise equipment must also ensure that any such equipment is properly maintained and will cause injuries. However, if one of these parties fails to live up to their duty of care, you should schedule a free consultation with one of our Boulder injury lawyers.
Whether you have been injured on a treadmill, injured on a spin bike, or otherwise suffered an injury while using exercise equipment, Zinda Law Group can help you pursue the maximum compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries. Our skilled team of attorneys has years of experience helping other victims recover from accidents caused by exercise equipment in Colorado, and our injury attorneys in Boulder can use this experience to help you pursue your claim. To start, your attorney will help you better understand your legal options and who may be liable for your injuries.
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