Exercise Equipment Accident LawyersLast updated on: April 30, 2021
IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED WHILE USING EXERCISE EQUIPMENT, CALL A ZINDA LAW GROUP INJURY LAWYER AT (800) 863-5312 TODAY
Exercise equipment makes staying healthy easier and more enjoyable; however, defective or inherently unsafe fitness equipment may cause an accident, resulting in serious injury. If you have been injured as a result of using exercise equipment, whether at home or at a gym, you may be entitled to compensation.
If you have been injured on a treadmill, fallen due to a torn gym mat, or hurt on any other piece of exercise equipment, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Zinda Law Group attorneys have the knowledge and resources necessary to investigate your case, negotiate on your behalf, or fight for you in court to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call (800) 863-5312 to speak with a Zinda Law Group injury attorney today for your 100% free consultation.
Causes of exercise equipment accidents
People use and trust many different kinds of exercise equipment, but most don’t know that some pieces of exercise equipment are inherently dangerous. For example, you may slip on a treadmill and hit your head, causing a concussion, serious brain injury, or even death. On March 18, 2021, for instance, ABC News reported the unfortunate news that a child died in an accident involving a Peloton treadmill. Although this news is tragic, accidents involving exercise equipment are not uncommon.
There are many different causes of exercise equipment accidents, including:
- Collapse of an exercise bike
- Missing or broken pedal straps on exercise bikes
- Broken resistant bands
- Defective or damaged weight racks
- Improperly installed stair climbers
- Improperly tightened belts on treadmills
No matter the cause, if you have been injured from defective or inherently unsafe exercise equipment, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to begin your unique case. This includes any injury sustained while working out at home. Zinda Law Group is nationwide and always available to discuss your case. We have the experience and ability necessary to investigate your accident, determine whether the product manufacturer could be at fault, and negotiate on your behalf to get you any compensation you may deserve.
injuries caused by defective exercise equipment
Exercise equipment defects and mishaps cause many different kinds of injuries every year, ranging from relatively minor, to catastrophic. According to the National Safety Council, there were 468,000 injuries associated with exercise in 2019, with or without the use of exercise equipment. Of this number, 6,266 individuals were younger than 5 years old. The majority of injuries, however, were sustained by those 25 to 64 years old.
Examples of injuries that you may sustain as a result of defective or unsafe gym equipment include, but are not limited to:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and scrapes
- Eye injuries
- Head injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Neck and spinal injuries
- Nervous system damage
- Severe abrasions
If you have been injured due to defective exercise equipment, you should seek immediate medical treatment. A medical professional may be able to properly diagnose your injuries and create a medical report. This report may serve as crucial evidence in your lawsuit when determining the amount of compensation that you may be entitled to. After seeking medical attention, contact an experienced Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney to discuss your claim.
who can be held liable for my injuries?
If you have been injured due to exercise equipment, you may be wondering who is liable for your damages. Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys can help to investigate your case and determine what party has breached their legal duty of care. There are many different parties whom you may sue for your damages. These parties potentially include: the manufacturer of the exercise equipment, the gym’s employees and trainers, or the gym owner.
Equipment manufacturers of exercise equipment have a legal obligation to guarantee the safety of the products they market, sell, and distribute. Manufacturers also have an obligation to warn potential consumers of any known hazards. Further, equipment manufacturers must issue safety recalls if necessary. If you have been injured due to a safety flaw or defect in the gym equipment, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer.
Trainer or Gym Instructor
In certain instances, your trainer or instructor may be held liable for your workout injuries. The trainer may be found negligent if he or she told a customer to do something that would be considered unreasonable. An example may be telling the customer to lift weights that are far too heavy based on their limited fitness levels, resulting in the customer pulling or spraining a muscle.
Property owners have a duty to provide reasonable care and maintenance of their property. If you were injured due to the failure of the gym owner to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition, you may be able to bring a claim against him or her. For example, if the gym owner is aware that the gym floor mats are a tripping hazard but fails to repair or properly warn customers of the danger, he or she may be liable for your injuries if you were to slip and fall on the mat.
In order to receive compensation for your workout equipment injuries, you must be able to show four factors:
1. Another individual, company, or entity owed you a duty of care.
2. The other party subsequently breached their duty of care.
3. The breach of duty was the direct or proximate cause of your injuries, and
4. Your injuries resulted in measurable damages.
Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to determine which individual, company, or manufacturer may be responsible for your injuries. Our attorneys may be able to help guide you through each step of the legal process to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. If you have sustained damages while using exercise equipment and find yourself asking: “Is there a personal injury lawyer near me?” contact Zinda Law Group today. Since we have dozens of offices throughout the nation, there is likely to be one near you who is able to discuss your potential case.
What damages may i be entitled to?
After a gym equipment accident, you may be left with physical and emotional trauma and confused as to your legal rights. Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys understand that you may be going through a difficult time. That is why we are here to explain your options and discuss what compensation you may be entitled to. To start, there are two main types of compensation, or damages, that you may be eligible to receive. These are referred to as “economic” and “non-economic” damages.
Economic damages are those damages that can easily be given a monetary value. These include your hospital bills, pharmaceutical costs, physical therapy expenses, and more. Economic damages are added by combining receipts, invoices, and other out-of-pocket expenses.
Non-economic damages are more difficult to determine when compared to economic damages. These damages are not easily combined by adding out of pocket expenses but are determined on a case-by-case basis. Examples of non-economic damages include loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and disfigurement.
Statute of limitations
The statute of limitations is the legal time limit you have to file any kind of lawsuit. This time limit is extremely important, as you may be barred from receiving any kind of compensation if you fail to file your case on time. The statute of limitations is different for each type of claim and will vary from state to state, so it is important to contact a skilled exercise equipment accident lawyer near you before beginning your unique lawsuit.
Zinda Law Group has teams across the United States and may help to explain the different legal time limits in your state. Examples of the statute of limitations for different states include:
- Colorado: You have 2 years to file a personal injury lawsuit. If your claim involves a motor vehicle, however, you will have 3 years to file.
- Texas: You have 2 years to file a personal injury claim.
- Arizona: You will have 2 years to file a personal injury lawsuit.
It is important to note that the time limit begins on the date of the accident. For example, if you were injured on a spin bike on January 1, 2021, in Colorado, you will have until January 1, 2023, to file your claim. Failure to meet this deadline may result in you being prohibited from receiving any kind of compensation for your injuries.
Contact one of our knowledgeable and experienced zinda law group personal injury attorneys today to discuss your exercise equipment injury case
If you were injured due to defective or unsafe exercise equipment, you may be entitled to compensation. Zinda Law Group injury lawyers have helped countless individuals receive the compensation they deserve for their hospital bills, therapy costs, and more. Further, our team has offices across the nation and are available to our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Zinda Law Group exercise equipment accident lawyers are here to discuss your case. Our team believes that accident victims should not have to worry about being able to afford top quality legal representation on top of medical bills, physical therapy costs, and other related expenses. That is why our clients do not pay us anything unless we are successful in winning their case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee. Contact a Zinda Law Group accident lawyer today at (800) 863-5312 for your 100% free consultation, and let’s get you on the road to recovery in more ways than one.
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