Home Gyms & Product Liability Lawsuits | What You Need to Know

Due to gyms across the country closing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals have resorted to creating their own home gyms. This includes buying bench presses, dumbbells, and more. Fortunately, due to American resourcefulness, dedication to well-being, and the availability of a wide array of workout equipment, many individuals have been able to stay in shape throughout the duration of the pandemic. Of course, taking various precautions is always necessary when exercising, however, sometimes this is not enough to avoid injury. Unfortunately, gym equipment can be defective, and if you were injured due to what you believe was a defective gym product, you most likely have a valid product liability claim. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorneys to learn more about product liability lawsuits and how we can help you through the claims process ahead.

What constitutes a valid product liability lawsuit?

There are three primary types of product liability lawsuits. They are as follows:

  • Negligent Product Design: This is when a product designer does not consider consumer safety when creating the product in question. Essentially, if you can prove that there was a safer, more economically feasible design that would not have hindered the product’s functionality, you should be able to hold that designer liable for your injuries. 
  • Negligent Manufacturers: When a product has a safe design and is ready for public use, though the product manufacturer diverts from the product’s initially-safe blueprint, either to cut costs, save time, or out of sheer carelessness, the otherwise-safe product can quickly become very unsafe and injure unsuspecting consumers. If this has happened to you, you may sue the manufacturer for negligence. 
  • Failure to Warn: When a product is safe when used correctly, though there is a chance that with incorrect use, it can become unsafe, those who produce the product must include a warning label that clearly details both how and how not to use the product. This is something that is especially true when it comes to power tools, such as chainsaws, or workout equipment. When these products do not include clear warning labels, consumers may unknowingly incorrectly use the product and sustain serious injuries as a result. 

If you believe you were injured due to a defective product, you must ensure that you do not throw the product away, as we can use it as evidence supporting your claim. Furthermore, you should seek immediate medical treatment and call the police for an ambulance, if necessary. You should also take pictures of the product defect, as well as your injuries, and retain the services of an experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorney who can gather and present all additional evidence needed to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. We are always here to help–all you have to do is give us a call. 

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Ansbacher Law is comprised of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.