Fitness resistance bands exercise implements that usually consist of a rubber tube with a handle on one end that is then fixed to a wall, post, or other stationary object. The bands come in different thicknesses to provide a different range of resistance for the user. The bands can be used to simulate weight-bearing exercises and to perform a variety of resistance training methods.
Some fitness resistance bands have been associated with a number of injury risks and dangers. Some examples of fitness resistance band injuries and accidents include:
- Injuries caused by the tube snapping back in striking the user
- Injuries resulting from a break in the tube, handle, or other part of the product
- Accidents where the user falls while using the band (this can occur if the band breaks while the user is putting their weight onto the band)
- Accidents where the band pulls an object which falls onto the user (for instance, if the band is attached to an object that is not well-anchored)
Resistance bands can also lead to sports and training-type injuries, such as muscle strains, sprains, muscle pain, and other similar injuries.
Who Can be Held Liable for a Fitness Resistance Band Injury?
Depending on the circumstances involved in the accident, different parties can be held liable for injuries caused by a fitness resistance band. For instance, a gym owner or operator may be held liable for injuries caused to patrons of the gym. An example of this is where they have negligently installed a resistance band station, which then causes injury to a gym patron. Another example is where the gym owner or operator fails to replace resistance band items that are worn, dangerous, or in need of repair.
In other cases, the manufacturer of a resistance band product can be held liable for injuries that are caused by defective resistance bands. For instance, if the manufacturer uses cheap materials that do not meet industry safety standards, and the band breaks and causes an injury, they may be held liable for damages under a product liability theory of law.
Are there any Legal Damages Available for Resistance Band Injury Cases?
Resistance band injuries can cause serious impairment and injury. Legal action can sometimes be needed to compensate the injured party for costs associated with their injury. In these types of lawsuits, a monetary damages award can be issued to the injured party for costs such as medical bills, hospital costs, lost wages (due to missing work during rehabilitation), pain and suffering, and other losses.
In cases where a particular fitness resistance band product causes injury to many people, a class action lawsuit can arise, and a product recall can often be issued.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Fitness Resistance Band Injury Claim?
Resistance band injury lawsuits can involve some complex legal concepts. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a lawsuit. Your attorney can provide you with guidance and help during the process.