As a result of the Coronavirus lockdown throughout the state of New York, many businesses were forced to close. This included gyms. In response, many people turned to purchasing at home gym equipment in order to stay active. However, it is important to be careful, as defective or faulty equipment can result in malfunctions that cause severe injuries. Those who become injured in these situations can pursue legal action. Continue reading below to learn more about how this is done and contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance.
What is Product Liability?
Under product liability law, all manufacturers in New York are required to produce items that are safe and do not cause harm during use. This can be done by following the proper standard of care during the production of items at all times. Failing to do so can cause a product to become defective, resulting in an accident and serious injuries. That is why manufacturers can be held liable for injuries that happen due to their behavior.
What are Examples of Defects?
The three types of defect cases that are seen in New York courts include:
- Design defects: The product designer does not consider user safety when creating the item and it’s design causes injuries when it is used.
- Manufacturer defects: The creator of the product does not follow the usual protocol during production and the item becomes defective.
- Failure to warn: Manufacturers do not provide a warning label on products so that people know how to use them safely and avoid injuries.
How Can I Recover Compensation?
When a defective product malfunctions, it can cause life-changing harm to the person using it. These situations often lead to emotional and financial burdens as well. It is because of this that when a person becomes injured by a piece of faulty gym equipment, they can pursue legal action to recover compensation for these damages. While this is true, it is important to know that compensation can only be sought when the equipment was defective. Legal action cannot be pursued for just any workout related injury. To recover compensation, the injured party must prove negligence with evidence. If successful, the manufacturer may owe them the compensation.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.