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Defective Exercise Equipment May Result in a New Hampshire Product Liability Claim

March 25, 2021

The last year has brought significant changes to the daily lives of most people throughout the country. One of the major changes involved the rising sales of home exercise equipment. Despite the various benefits of home exercise equipment, these devices can be dangerous when they are defective or not used properly. New Hampshire personal injury accidents involving home, public, or private exercise equipment can result in severe injuries and even death. Gym equipment accidents may involve defective treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, and resistance bands. Moreover, gym accidents can occur because of the negligence of personal trainers, gym staff, unhygienic gym equipment, and unsafe fitness centers. Those that have suffered injuries because of potentially defective or unreasonably dangerous exercise equipment should contact an attorney to discuss their rights and remedies.

Although people of any age can suffer injuries on home exercise equipment, data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System indicates that around 12,174 children visit the emergency room for home exercise-related injuries every year. Over 70% of these individuals were under ten years old. The overwhelming majority of the injuries involved lacerations. About 30% of the injuries involved the child’s head, 22% involved fingers and hands, and over 10% involved foot injuries. Stationary bikes, treadmills, and jump ropes accounted for the majority of the injuries. The rising number of injuries highlights the importance of additional safety measures to prevent these devastating incidents.

Recently, a national news report described a harrowing incident involving a child’s death on a Peloton treadmill. Although details surrounding the incident are unclear, Peloton’s CEO expressed sadness about receiving the news of the child’s death. A company spokesperson explained that the treadmill comes with safety warnings that advise consumers that the machine should only be used by individuals who are at least 16-years-old and weigh more than 105 pounds.

After a home or public gym exercise equipment injury, victims should seek medical treatment and contact an attorney. The majority of New Hampshire home exercise equipment complaints involve design defects, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn claims. The appropriate defendants in these cases may include the device manufacturer, retailer, health and fitness center, or a combination of these entities. An attorney can assist injury victims in navigating these complicated lawsuits.

Have You Suffered Injuries on Defective Gym Equipment?

If you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries or died in a home gym accident, contact Peter Thompson & Associates for assistance. Our law firm’s attorneys understand the unique and complex issues that New Hampshire product liability lawsuits entail. We possess the skills, resources, and tools to handle these challenges and effectively pursue full and fair damages on behalf of our clients. Our law firm handles injury claims involving defective products, slip and falls, instances of medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, and more. We have a long history of providing clients with compassion, respect, and fierce advocacy. Contact our office at 800-804-2008 to schedule a free initial consultation with a New Hampshire injury attorney. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.