Product Liability & Home Gyms in Washington D.C. | What You Need to Know

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals across the U.S. created their own home gyms and purchased their own workout equipment to stay in shape while gyms closed. This is both resourceful and exemplary of our dedication to keeping ourselves healthy and fit, even in the wake of a pandemic. That being said, sometimes, these products are defective, and end up doing more harm than good. If you have been injured due to defective gym equipment, read this blog and speak with our knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process ahead.

How do I know I have a valid product liability claim?

If you are injured due to a defective product, you will have to prove one of three things:

  • Designer negligence: If you can prove that the product injured you due to a negligent design, you will most likely have a valid claim. However, to win this lawsuit, you will have to demonstrate that there was a safer, more economically feasible means of designing the product that would not hinder its functionality.
  • Manufacturer negligence: To prove manufacturer negligence, you will have to prove that the product blueprint was safe, though the manufacturer diverted from that blueprint, either to save money or out of carelessness, causing it to become unsafe and harm you.
  • Failure to warn: This is when a product is safe, but poses a safety hazard when improperly used. When this is the case, companies must include a warning label and clear instructions on how to and how not to use the product. If you were injured due to the absence of this warning, you most likely have a valid claim.

How long will I have to take legal action for an injury caused by a defective product in Washington D.C.?

If you are injured because of a defective product, you must ensure that you take legal action within the state’s statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, you will, generally, have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party responsible for your injuries. Though you may wish to wait and see if your injuries heal on their own before doing so, we cannot advise you to do so, for if you do, there is a very good chance that if you wait too long, you will most likely be time-barred from suing. Our firm is here to help you through every step of the claims process today–all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.