Most people make New Year’s resolutions around this time of year as they look forward to what they hope will be a great future. One of the most common resolutions that people make is to start exercising or to be better about their exercise routine.
While working out should be good for you, sometimes it presents unexpected risks to your safety. This is true both if a gym fails to adequately maintain its premises and if gym equipment has design flaws. If you suffer an injury as a result of a failure of a gym or equipment manufacturer to live up to basic safety obligations, you should contact an Atlanta injury lawyer for help understanding your legal options.
Exercise Injuries Could Cause Atlanta Personal Injuries
Recently, the LA Times reported on injuries that were sustained by Senator Harry Reid. Reid was exercising in his home when a resistance band on the equipment he was using broke. The band hit him and caused him to suffer a fall. He struck other pieces of gym equipment on the way down.
The incident left him with several broken ribs and several broken facial bones. It made the newspaper because of the fact that it happened to a Senator.
While this incident was a high-profile one, the reality is that exercise injuries are very common and most victims do not end up getting their pictures in the papers.
The Health-I-Team reports that there has been a 45 percent increase in the number of injuries that result from the use of exercise equipment between the years 2007 and 2010.
Exercise injuries can happen anywhere, at both home gyms and public gyms. Public gyms have certain responsibilities to their patrons to keep workout spaces clean and in safe condition. If a gym fails to fulfill its obligations under premises liability laws, then customers are put at risk of getting hurt. When this negligence leads to an actual injury, victims can file a lawsuit to recover compensation for damages.
Often, however, it is not the conditions of the workout space that cause problems but is instead issues with the machines. This is likely what happened with Reid, and it is what happens with many others. Treadmills, in particular, have had problems in recent years.
In 2005, there were 16,700 recalls of treadmills that could cause their users to experience an electric shock. In 2007, there were 4,700 recalls of treadmills due to the fact the machines were starting on fire after getting over-heated. In 2008, there were 20,000 treadmills recalled when they began to speed up unexpectedly.
If exercise equipment is faulty and victims get hurt, the manufacturer should be held accountable.
The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. have extensive experience with defective product cases. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation if you believe you or a loved one is a victim of an Atlanta accident.