Cincinnati product liability lawyer and Ohio catastrophic injury attorney investigates defective gym equipment and resulting preventable accidents and injuries
Gym and fitness center accidents are on the rise in America, resulting in serious injuries that may include concussions, neck and back injuries, lacerations, infections or bone fractures. Thousands of emergency room visits each year are associated with gym and fitness accidents, including home fitness equipment.
Accidents may involve defective gym equipment—treadmills, free weights, stationary bicycles, weight machines—as well as negligent trainers and staff, unsafe gym design, and unsanitary conditions.
If you have suffered an injury or illness linked to defective gym equipment or gym and trainer negligence, you may have a legitimate personal injury case and may be able to recover compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages. Gyms and fitness companies must be held accountable for injuries in order to protect consumers in the future.
Treadmill Accidents & Equipment Injuries
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 30 treadmill-associated deaths were reported in a ten-year period ending in 2012. Over 24,000 treadmill injuries occurred in 2014, accounting for two-thirds of home gym equipment injuries.
Between 2005 and 2008 over 40,000 treadmills were recalled due to various malfunctions. Children have reportedly suffered an inordinate number of injuries on treadmills, due to a lack of safety restriction. Other defective gym equipment that has caused injury includes:
- Medicine balls
- Resistance bands
- Home pull up bars
- Jump Ropes
- Stability Balls
Common Causes of Gym Injuries
Defective Gym Equipment—machine malfunction regularly occurs when a machine is older, components are worn and constructed with cheap materials. Weight lifting machines account for over thousands of accidents each year, many with design flaws.
Improper maintenance—machines used hundreds or thousands of times must be inspected by gym staff to ensure the parts are not loose or worn. A gym may be held liable if they fail to prevent foreseeable accidents.
Negligent Trainers—injuries may be caused by an overzealous trainer designing an unsafe or inappropriate fitness program for young or aging clients. Some trainers at gyms may be unqualified or inexperienced.
Fitness classes—CrossFit and spinning (intense cycling) classes can be beneficial, though also hazardous when conducted improperly and for an inappropriate client base. For many people, a risk for injury is likely foreseeable.
Infections—bacteria breeds in gyms—on mats, equipment, locker room surfaces and weights. Aggressive skin infections like ringworm can be serious injuries.
Tripping and falling hazards—if a gym is poorly designed and particularly cluttered with weights and loose objects, injury risk increases significantly.
Defective Gym Equipment Injuries
Legal Action: Defective Gym Equipment Lawsuits
If you have been injured at a fitness center or working out at home with equipment, due to staff negligence or defective equipment, it is important to preserve evidence with photographs, testimony of witnesses and contact a sports injury and product liability attorney to review.
In product liability cases, it must be proven that a defect in the design or assembly of the machine directly caused an injury, or that the manufacturer was aware of a flaw and did not warn consumers.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to defective gym equipment, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.