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Treadmill Accident Injuries And Fatalities

Have you or someone you care about been injured in an accident with a treadmill like Peloton’s Tread+?

In an age of lockdowns, there are more people than ever that choose to exercise from home, yet few people talk about serious injuries you or your loved ones can sustain. This was made all the more apparent recently with the national news story about the tragic accident involving a Peloton treadmill which took the life of a young child. In an open letter posted online, Peloton CEO John Foley acknowledged that he “recently learned about a tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death.” No further details of how the fatal Peloton treadmill accident occurred. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) acknowledged that it has initiated an investigation into the wrongful death and will be reviewing the Tread+. While our Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Ostroff Injury Law are saddened to hear about the egregious loss of life, the statistics associated with exercise equipment related injury shows a pattern for concern.

At Ostroff Injury Law, we know how dangerous and devastating treadmill accidents can really be for a victim and his or her family. We presently represent the family of a two-year old child who was also seriously injured in an accident involving Peloton’s Tread+ treadmill just days before Peloton’s CEO issued his open letter announcing the child fatality. The issue in the case we are investigating involves the treadmill’s safety key – an issue that was raised in the CEO’s open letter.

How Common Are Treadmill Injuries?

These examples are not isolated incidents: according to the USCPSC, there are an estimated 468,000 injuries due to exercise equipment each year. Of these injuries from exercise equipment, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) research query database reveals treadmills alone caused an estimated 22,500 injuries, including roughly 2,000 injuries to children under the age of 8. In addition, NEISS data reveals there were 17 fatalities in the years between 2018 and 2020, including one 5-year-old child.

Our Experience Is Vital In Winning Treadmill Accident Cases

For over 25 years, our attorneys have been holding manufacturers accountable for the harm that comes from their neglect. Ostroff Law is different from other firms because our team includes partners that have spent years on the opposite side, as defense council, before joining Ostroff Law. We know how they think and what they do, and we can beat them at their own game. Currently, we are representing the first case against Peloton for a treadmill injury in the nation.

Common Injuries From Treadmills

There are many common types of injuries from treadmill accidents that our personal injury lawyers in Pennsylvania at Ostroff Injury Law could handle for you. This includes some of the following:

  • Hand injuries – adults and children can easily get their hands or fingers caught in the moving belt, sustaining serious injury including nerve damage, tendon damage, burn injuries, de-gloving injuries, and other serious harm. This is particularly true for children, as government studies have found pediatric treadmill friction injuries are one of the most common and potentially serious types of burn injuries.

  • Fall injuries – treadmills present a fall risk when they are in use or not in use. But when they are in use, an adult could easily misstep or hit the sides causing him or her to lose balance. Also if the belt suddenly stops or speeds up, it could throw a person from the machine. Children climbing on a treadmill could fall and sustain very serious injuries to the head or spine.

  • Choking hazards – defects in the way a treadmill is designed or manufactured could result in a choking hazard like the Tyson incident. This is particularly true because there are many wires in a treadmill to help the computer control the belt. These are dangerous and could present a very serious risk of injury or death.

  • Broken bones – falling or misstepping on a treadmill could result in very serious injuries, including broken bones in the ankle or foot. The most common types of broken bones are tib/fib fractures of the lower leg, which often require surgical intervention and a cast.

  • Head Injuries – falling off of a treadmill could result in very serious head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). This is particularly true if a victim is flung off of a treadmill that is moving at a high rate of speed.

Contact Ostroff Injury Law

Owners of treadmills like Peloton Tread+ have the right to exercise without fear of serious injury. When a manufacturer fails to hold up their end of that bargain, they must take responsibility. We can help.

Schedule a free consultation with Ostroff Injury Law today if you suspect you or a loved one has sustained an injury related to a treadmill like a Peloton Tread+. During our initial conversation, we’ll listen to your story, explain your options, and go over the next steps to hold those parties accountable. Our firm never collects a fee unless we win a financial recovery.


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