Walmart and exercise equipment manufacturer blamed for defect

Carol Ostrow Mar. 30, 2015, 7:26am

A couple has sued an exercise equipment manufacturer and a retail store, alleging product liability.

Carmen Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez filed a lawsuit March 20 in Cook County Circuit Court against Icon Health and Fitness Inc. individually and doing business as Weslo Inc., and Walmart Stores, alleging product liability in a 2013 injury.

According to the complaint, on March 22, 2013, Carmen Gonzalez, using a treadmill purchased at Walmart and branded as model Weslo Cadence G 5.9, was thrown off and injured when the treadmill suddenly accelerated.

The plaintiffs allege the product was defective, negligently designed and unreasonably dangerous. The suit cites Carmen Gonzalez experiencing permanent injuries, pain, suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, loss of a normal life, medical bills, and lost earning capacity. They cite the the manufacturer with product negligence and Walmart with general negligence.

Fernando Gonzalez alleges inconvenience and deprivation of his wife's services, loss of consortium and her contribution of time and effort to their new joint business ventures.

Carmen Gonzalez seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus attorney fees and costs. The Gonzalezes are represented by The Shea Law Group of Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number: 15-L-2918.

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