CHICAGO — A fitness club member is suing Fitness International LLC, which does business as LA Fitness, and Life Fitness Inc., doing business as Hammer Strength, fitness center, alleging that insufficient measures were taken to prevent members from injury.
Kashif Abdul-Aziz filed a complaint June 1 in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming the defendants breached their duty to design, manufacture, distribute and sell the Hammer Strength plate-loaded leg press so that it is not defective or dangerous to use.
According to the complaint, Abdul-Aziz was at the defendants' gym on May 21 and was properly using the leg press machine in the locked position when the lock suddenly gave out, causing the weights to hit him.
As a result, Abdul-Aziz said he sustained severe and permanent injuries and great pain and incurred substantial medical expenses.
The plaintiff claims the defendants are responsible because they failed to institute a system of inspections to determine whether the leg press was in a state of disrepair and failed to warn users that the leg press was dangerous and not in working condition.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks a judgment in excess of the amount allowed and authorized by the jurisdiction of the law division for the Circuit Court of Cook County, plus costs of the lawsuit and any other relief the court deems just. He is represented by Cuda Law Offices Ltd. in Oak Park.
Cook County Circuit Court case number 18-L-005705