Widow sues gym for $13million after husband died on treadmill a day before retirement
Stacy is suing the gym because her husband David L. Rutledge, who was on his run at the gym just a day before his retirement, died while he was on the treadmill
Stacy L. Rutledge, hailing from Oregon, filed a lawsuit against 24 Hour Fitness in Multnomah County Circuit Court. The lawsuit was based on the fact that the gym did not train their employees properly to respond to an emergency.
The reason Stacy is suing the gym is because her husband David L. Rutledge, who was on his run at the gym just a day before his retirement, died while he was on the treadmill. Stacy is now suing the gym for a large $13million lawsuit.
Stacy, in her lawsuit, claims that the fitness center failed to train their only employee who was on duty that time on how he should react to an emergency and save the life of her husband. David was an electrical engineer and was exercising at a 24 Hour Fitness gym in Portland early in the morning on December 21, 2017. It was around 5 am in the morning, which is the usual time that David went on his run.
David, who was on his workout on the treadmill, suddenly collapsed and there was just one other person who was working out at the same time near David. Once he saw David fall down, he ran and called the only gym worker Corey Lay who was in the restroom during that time.
When Lay arrived he did not call 911 immediately and neither did he know where he would find the gym's automated external defibrillator, which can save victims who have a cardiac arrest, claims the lawsuit according to the Oregonian.
When Lay finally called 911 and by the time paramedics arrived at the location, they were not able to save David. "Every minute of delay caused Mr. Rutledge a further loss of chance of survival," the lawsuit says.
Sadly, David died just one day before he planned to retire from Lattice Semiconductor. He had been working there for the past 34 years. David's obituary states that his death came as a surprise to everyone in his family.
"Despite the immediate and compassionate actions of people at the gym, EMTs and many doctors and nurses, David’s heart had beat for the last time. The doctors declared how unusual it was that they could not get David’s heart restarted. Usually, they said, they don’t lose a man of David’s age with seemingly excellent health," it said.
David is currently survived by his wife and stepdaughters. The gym released a statement saying, "We were saddened by the passing of our club member and our thoughts are with the member’s family. As a matter of policy, 24 Hour Fitness does not comment on pending litigation."