There has been reports recently of accidents happening on home treadmills, causing injuries and even death. It has caused Peloton to announce that it was recalling all its treadmills with immediate effect in the USA and the UK. With reports of injuries and even deaths surrounding the equipment, there is likely to be plenty of discussion around accidents on home treadmills and their safety risks.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) more than 2.7 million people attend A&E seeking treatment after having accidents at home.
You may think that if you have an accident on a home treadmill that you may not be able to make a claim. There are a few instances where there are grounds to make a claim. This includes if the treadmill is faulty.
There are many reasons that an accident may happen on a home treadmill, however, if the accident happens because the product is faulty, then it may be the fault of the manufacturer and you may be able to make a claim.
Faulty Product Claims
We know no one expects products to cause injury, but if a product is faulty or malfunctions, then you may be able to make a claim. You may be able to make a claim for a faulty product if there is a fault in the design or manufacture of the product. You may also be able to make a claim if the product was not maintained correctly. This includes accidents on home treadmills that are defective.
All product manufacturers must follow The Consumer Protection Act 1987. It states that people who buy a product may recover any losses caused if it was defective and caused injury. Manufacturers must also make the consumer aware of any risks of the products.
If you have had an accident involving a faulty product, then you may be able to claim compensation. We recommend that you keep the product, or at least a photo of it, and the receipt if you still have it.
Claiming on Behalf of a Child
It is a fact that children are the most likely to have accidents in the home. In fact, the death that caused Peloton to recall it’s treadmills was a child. If your child is under the age of 18, you can make a claim on their behalf for any accidents they may have had. The general rule for making claims for compensation states that you have three years in which to make a claim. However, if the claim is on behalf of a child, you have until the child is 18 to make a claim on their behalf. Following that, they then have until they are 21 to make a claim for themselves.
How We Can Help with Accidents on Home Treadmills
Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with all manner of personal injury claims. This includes accidents on home treadmills. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.