Injured by Defective Home Gym Equipment? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Throughout the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic thus far, many businesses had to remain closed. In the state of New Jersey, this included gyms. As a result, many people have taken it upon themselves to purchase home gym equipment in order to stay active during this time. While there are many ways a person can be injured while working out due to their own fault, it is also possible for the gear they purchased to be defective. This can cause severe injuries, leading the individual to want to seek justice for their suffering. It is important to know that this can be done through product liability law. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for further assistance.

What is Product Liability?

Product liability law exists in order to hold a manufacturer liable for the products they make. By law, these must be safe for people to purchase and use. If a manufacturer is negligent during production and does not follow the rightful standard of care that is owed to consumers, they can be held liable if the product is malfunctions and causes harm. 

What are Examples of Defects?

There are three different types of defects that are usually seen in product liability cases:

  • Design defects: If the product designer did not account for user safety when creating it and the design causes an injury to those who use it.
  • Manufacturer defects: When the creator of the product did not follow protocol during production, causing the item to become defective. 
  • Failure to warn: Manufacturers are required to put a warning label on their products so that people who use them know how to do so safely in order to avoid injuries. This is especially important with home gym equipment, as the misuse of these items can cause serious harm as a result. 

How Can I Recover Compensation? 

When a consumer item such as a piece of gym equipment malfunctions, it can cause detrimental injuries to those involved. This does not only cause physical burdens, but emotional and financial burdens as well. It is because of this that legal action can be pursued to receive compensation. However, it is important to note that this can only be done if the piece of equipment was defective. Compensation cannot be sought simply due to a workout related injury. This exists as coverage for damages that stem from the accident, such as medical bills and lost wages. Manufacturers who are responsible for these injuries may owe the injured party compensation to cover these payments.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured as a result of a defective product and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.