GRETNA – A local fitness center and fitness equipment manufacturer is being sued by a man who claims he was severely injured when the treadmill he was working out on failed.

Seyed Moezivaziri filed suit against Healthcare Fitness Center of Elmwood Inc., Ochsner Clinic Fondation, Star Track and Nordictrack Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on June 6.

Moezivaziri contends that he was working out at Healthcare Fitness Center of Elmwood on a Nordictrack treadmill manufactured by Star Track when the treadmill malfunctioned and he fell. The plaintiff claims he received severe and disabling injuries to his knees, right hip and right wrist in the incident.

The defendant is accused of failing to properly manufacture the product, failing to warn of the unreasonably dangerous condition of the design, failing to use reasonable and prudent care under the circumstances, improperly designing and manufacturing the product, failing to inspect and replace the defective equipment and failing to replace the defective equipment.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of earning capacity and disability.

Moezivaziri is represented by attorney A.J. Rebenack of Metairie.

The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Cornelius E. Regan.

Case no. 739-180.

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