NYC Club Sued for $1 Million after Member Claims Exercise Band Mishap Caused Loss of Vision

A New Jersey woman has filed a $1 million lawsuit against her club and a fitness instructor, claiming they were negligent when she suffered injuries from an exercise band.

A New Jersey woman has filed a $1 million lawsuit against her club and a fitness instructor, claiming they were negligent when she suffered injuries from an exercise band.

The suit was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court against Club 7, New York, the New York Daily News reported on Tuesday.

The woman, Elizabeth Lapp, claims she suffered severe injuries, including permanent loss of vision, when an exercise resistance band snapped loose from her foot and "abruptly and violently" hit her in both eyes, the Daily News reported.

Lapp claims she was not given any instructions on how to use the band. From the Daily News:

"She was told without any warning to simply sit down, put the band under her foot and pull it toward her. The band came up and hit her," Lapp's attorney, Urs Furrer, told the Daily News Tuesday.

The alleged incident occurred on June 20, 2013, the newspaper reported. Another of Lapp's attorneys says she required surgery and other treatment. Lapp has returned to work as a nurse but is limited because she cannot see properly out of one eye, the attorney says.

From the Daily News:

Other defendants named in Lapp's suit are The Gym at Union Square, parent company of Club 7; Silver Towers apartment building, Club 7’s landlord; and Black Mountain Products, the company that makes the resistance band that hurt her.

Management at Club 7 did not respond to requests from the Daily News seeking comment.

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