West Palm Beach Residents at Risk of Exercise Accidents

At the start of a new year, many people in West Palm Beach, CityPlace, Flamingo Park and Wellington resolve that they will do something to improve their health or to improve their life. One of the most common resolutions is to start working out or getting in shape. Exercising is great for your body, but there are also risks with physical activity. A personal injury lawyer knows that these risks are exacerbated if exercise equipment is faulty or if the owners and operators of a gym fail to maintain their space and make it safe for customers. 

Exercise injuries are common and have been increasing. Victims injured in accidents involving exercise equipment or those who hurt themselves due to unsafe conditions at the gym need to take legal action to recover compensation.

Exercise Accidents Can Cause Serious Injury

Exercise accidents happen every day. Just recently, the LA Times reported on a very serious accident involving U.S. Sen. Harry Reid. He was reportedly working out in his home when a resistance band broke on the piece of exercise equipment that he was using. The band struck him in the face and caused him to fall, hitting other gym equipment on his way down.

The injuries were relatively serious and included a broken rib as well as several broken bones in the face. It is not clear whether there was a defect or a problem with the equipment that caused the band to break and led to the injuries.

Although this exercise mishap made headlines because Harry Reid is the minority leader of the U.S. Senate, there are many other people who get hurt every year on exercise equipment and whose injuries don’t make front page news. The Health I Team reports that the number of injuries that have resulted from the use of exercise equipment has actually increased by 45 percent just between 2007 and 2010.

Many exercise accidents occur due to problems with gym equipment that people are using, like broken exercise bands. Treadmills appear to be a particularly problematic piece of gym equipment. In 2005, a total of 16,700 treadmills were recalled as a result of the fact that machines were malfunctioning and shocking users. One company had to recall treadmills both in 2007 and in 2008. The first recall involved 4,600 treadmills due to a malfunction that caused overheating and resulted in the treadmills starting on fire. The second involved the recall of around 20,000 treadmills because the machines had a defect that would cause them to speed up unexpectedly when people were using them.

If a treadmill or other exercise equipment malfunctions due to a problem with the machine, the manufacturer of the machine can be held legally liable for damages. Gym owners and operators who do not follow basic safety rules to protect their premises could also be sued by those who hurt themselves while working out at the gym.

Accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can help injury victims in CityPlace, Flamingo Park and Wellington and surrounding areas. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today at 800-608-2965 or visit www.gonzalezcartwright.com to schedule a free consultation. 

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