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Man injured on treadmill sues Sports Authority

Pennsylvania residents who like to work out at home may be interested to know that a man in nearby New Jersey was injured when using a treadmill that he purchased in Philadelphia. He bought the treadmill at a Sports Authority store. It's a chain that is based out of Colorado, and for which the Denver Broncos' Sports Authority Field is named.

The man took the treadmill back home and began using it, but everything took a turn for the worse in February of 2013, when the machine threw him off. Exactly how this happened was not reported. However, the man suffered from a number of injuries as a result, including those to his neck, his head, his back, his hip and his right shoulder.

The financial damages stemming from the incident are significant. For one thing, the man has needed care as he undergoes rehabilitation. On top of that, he has not been able to earn as much money due to his injuries, so his income has been diminished.

The man is now suing Sports Authority over the incident. He says that he was not properly warned about what could happen if he used the treadmill, that it was a defective unit when be bought it and that it did not have all of the safety devices needed to protect his health. He is seeking more than $50,000.

Recreational injuries can happen while enjoying an amusement park, riding an ATV or simply going for a light jog in your own basement. Make sure that you know exactly what legal options you have if you are ever injured during any type of recreation.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Sporting goods store sued for treadmill injury" Jim Boyle, Oct. 29, 2014

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