$13M Suit Filed Against Fitness Chain After Oregon Man Dies on Treadmill

January 28, 2019

A $13 million lawsuit has been filed against a fitness center chain after a 62-year-old Oregon man collapsed and died while running on a treadmill.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the lawsuit filed last week in Oregon by the man’s wife, claims the 24 Hour Fitness in Portland failed to train the only employee on duty how to respond to the emergency and how to find the automated external defibrillator.

The lawsuit says another gym member searched for the employee to call 911 and bring out the defibrillator after David Rutledge collapsed in December 2017.

The suit says the employee didn’t immediately call 911 and didn’t know where the defibrillator was.

The California-based fitness company says it does not comment on pending litigation.

Oregon law requires health clubs to have defibrillators on hand.

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  • February 11, 2019 at 10:57 am
    Interested says:
    I think they should have: Established a policy to call 9-1-1 to activate the emergency medical services system as soon as practicable after the potential need for the automate... read more
  • February 4, 2019 at 12:32 pm
    treadmill democracy says:
    Hard to tell how this will end up but I'll bet the attorneys will be going round and round on this one.
  • February 4, 2019 at 12:03 pm
    Ken K says:
    A waiver will not remove negligence and in Oregon courts that will be a low threshold. The fact that they have a AED on hand is in compliance with the law. However, I would ... read more

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