I was Injured on an Inversion Table

Inversion tables are marketed as products to help alleviate back pain. However, what happens when an inversion table causes a person to sustain a severe injury. The health claims made by inversion table companies are questionable at best, and there have been inversion table injuries throughout the country. Here, we want to discuss inversion table injuries as well as the steps that you can take to recover compensation in these situations.

What is an Inversion Table?

Inversion tables are interesting-looking devices that resemble chiropractor tables, but they are on a rotating device. When you strap yourself in, and you can rotate the table backward until you are basically upside down. The theory is that by being upside down, you can ease the pressure of gravity on your nerves and the discs in your spine. The inversion table temporarily creates more space between vertebrae that are pressed together. Information available from WebMD says that inversion tables are used to treat:

  • Back pain
  • Compressed spinal discs
  • Sciatica pain
  • Kidney stones
  • Muscles spasms

How do Inversion Tables Cause Injuries?

There is mixed evidence as to whether or not inversion tables are an effective treatment for back pain and the other issues listed above. However, we do know that inversion tables have caused injuries. Various types of inversion table designs have been known to fail and cause severe injuries to those operating them. Specifically, inversion tables with a single pin angle design have been known to fail while the user is upside down, which can lead to the user falling and sustaining a severe cervical spine injury.

Other injuries associated with defective inversion tables can include:

  • Severe neck injury
  • Back injury, including spinal cord
  • Facial injuries, including scarring, broken noses, and broken teeth
  • Cervical disc herniation
  • Head trauma

Securing Compensation for an Inversion Table Injury

If you or somebody you care about has been injured while using an inversion table, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. However, in order to recover compensation for these injuries, it needs to be shown that the inversion table was defective in some way and that this defect caused the injury.

This can be challenging because you can count on the inversion table company in question and their insurance carriers to question how the injury happened in the first place. In these situations, it is not uncommon for the defendant to say that the injury victim caused their own injury by failing to properly use the devices.

These will be considered product liability claims, and it is crucial to work with a skilled attorney who has experience handling these cases. An attorney can get involved and use their resources to fully investigate each claim. This will include:

  • Researching the company in question to determine whether or not there is a pattern or history of similar injuries occurring.
  • Ensuring that the inversion table in question is examined by trusted product liability experts who can evaluate the functionality of the device.
  • Have the client fully evaluated by a trusted medical professional who can assess their injuries and total expected losses.
  • Vigorously negotiate with insurance carriers and legal teams to recover full compensation on behalf of their client.

A skilled product liability lawyer in Oregon will handle every aspect of the claim on behalf of their client. It is crucial for injury victims to focus on recovering and not on the daily ins and outs of their defective inversion table case.