Husband and wife sue for up to $75K for allegedly unsafe exercise equipment

By Max Schramel | Oct 22, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – A man and his wife are suing after the man allegedly suffers debilitating personal injuries when he was vaulted into the air from damaged exercise equipment.

Ricky and Donna Harrison filed suit against Morgan Enterprises Inc., Fitserve, GP Industries Inc., Brunswick Corporation, Life Fitness Inc., Life Fitness International Sales Inc. and Life Fitness Recreation LLC in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Aug. 22.

Ricky Harrison alleges that on Aug. 27, 2013, he was an employee for the U.S. Marine Corps Law Enforcement Division, when he was handling a piece of exercise equipment outfitted with an attachable lever. Suddenly and without warning, the connected lever malfunctioned, catapulting Harrison into the wall and floor.

The plaintiffs contend Ricky sustained bodily injuries to his head, neck, back, shoulders, legs and arms as a consequence of the incident.

Harrison is seeking upwards of $75,000 in damages for medical expenses, decline in future income, pain and suffering, disabilities, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.

Donna Harrison, the plaintiff’s wife, is seeking a subsequent amount in damages for loss of support, consortium and loss of society.

The petitioners are represented by attorneys Philip F. Cossich Jr., Darren D. Sumich and Christina M. Cossich of Cossich, Sumich, Parsiola & Taylor LLC.

The case has been assigned to Div. G Judge Robin M. Giarrusso.

Case no. 2014-08360.

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