The OneWheel Electric Skateboard Recalls & Lawsuits

The product liability lawyers at Pond Lehocky Giordano are handling injury and death lawsuits on behalf of victims who have experienced injuries due to defective OneWheel electric skateboards.

Since they first entered the market in 2013, OneWheel electric skateboards have exploded in popularity. The company behind the skateboard, Future Motion, Inc., has sold more than 300,000 units. In August 2022, Future Motion recalled the footpads of their OneWheel GT skateboards, following more than 813 reports of the skateboards continuing to operate after the rider dismounted, 11 of which resulted in injury.

Since then, it has become clear that many more injuries have occurred due to OneWheel malfunctions – at least 4 of which resulted in death. Finally, in September 2023, the Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC) recalled all models of OneWheel electric skateboards, warning that the skateboards can ““stop balancing the rider if the boards’ limits are exceeded, posing a crash hazard that can result in serious injury or death.” Due to Future Motion’s negligence, however, many victims are filing lawsuits, seeking compensation for injuries, medical bills, and losses.

You may be eligible to file a lawsuit if you or a loved one has experienced significant or fatal injuries due to a malfunctioning OneWheel electric skateboard. Our experienced team of product liability lawyers will passionately pursue the maximum compensation possible for your pain, suffering, and medical bills. With over 250 years of combined courtroom experience and a track record of over 100,000 successful cases, the seasoned trial lawyers at Pond Lehocky Giordano LLP are more than qualified to represent you in court.

To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our legal experts, call 1-800-568-7500 or fill out our contact form today.

Why are OneWheel electric skateboards dangerous?

The core issue seems to stem from a defect in a feature designed to enhance safety. The OneWheel is equipped with a “pushback” mechanism that should activate to slow the board when it exceeds safe operating speeds or overburdens the motor. Ideally, this feature slightly lifts the front of the board, reducing speed gradually. However, reports suggest that this mechanism frequently fails to engage properly. Instead of providing gradual resistance, the board shuts down entirely and pitches forward in a nosedive, often without warning.

Such nosedives have predominantly been linked to situations where the board is operated at excessive speeds. However, another alarming scenario involves the board’s battery life. If the battery levels drop too low, the board is designed to signal this by dramatically lifting the nose. Should the battery risk significant depletion, the board may shut down entirely to prevent damage, causing the rider to lose balance and potentially be thrown from the skateboard.

Common injuries from OneWheel skateboard accidents

The injuries resulting from OneWheel accidents are varied but often severe, including:

  • Bone Fractures: The impact from a fall or collision can easily break bones. Common fractures involve the wrists, arms, and legs—parts of the body that instinctively reach out to break a fall.
  • Concussions: A sudden fall can cause the head to strike the ground or another object, leading to concussions. These can range from mild to severe and may require extensive medical treatment.

  • Ligament Damage: The force from a fall or abrupt stop can strain or tear ligaments, particularly in the knees and ankles, which absorb much of the impact.

  • Paralysis: In extreme cases, falls can damage the spinal cord, potentially leading to temporary or permanent paralysis.

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): Similar to concussions but often more severe, TBIs can have long-lasting effects that might not be immediately apparent after the accident.

  • Death: Unfortunately, in the most tragic scenarios, the injuries sustained can be fatal.

Each of these injuries can have a profound impact on a person’s health, quality of life, and financial stability due to medical bills and lost wages.

The basis of OneWheel skateboard injury lawsuits

If you’ve been injured by a malfunctioning OneWheel skateboard, it is important to understand legal options. Our law firm can help you navigate the complexities of product liability law and determine if you are eligible for compensation. Filing a OneWheel lawsuit can provide a way for you and your family to cover medical expenses, receive compensation for pain and suffering, and make up for lost wages.

The basis for these lawsuits typically involves proving that the OneWheel was defective and that this defect directly caused your injuries. This directly correlates to actions and failures on the part of Future Motion, Inc., which may include:

  • Design Defects: Flaws in the design of the OneWheel that make it inherently unsafe.
  • Manufacturing Defects: Errors during the manufacturing process that resulted in a faulty product.
  • Failure to Warn: Lack of adequate warnings or instructions regarding the risks of using the product.

Our attorneys are skilled in investigating these aspects, gathering necessary evidence, and crafting a compelling case on your behalf.

Why choose Pond Lehocky for your OneWheel lawsuit?

Choosing the right legal representation is crucial in product liability cases. Our firm stands out due to our:

Expertise in Product Liability

We have a deep understanding of the laws and regulations that apply to product liability cases, particularly those involving personal mobility devices like OneWheel skateboards.

Commitment to Clients

We prioritize our clients’ well-being and strive to ensure they receive the maximum compensation possible.

Proven Track Record

Our history of successful settlements and verdicts speaks to our ability to handle complex cases effectively.

Preparing for your OneWheel Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has gotten injured while riding a OneWheel electric skateboard, the following steps will be crucial to both your recovery and potential lawsuit:

  • Seek Medical Attention: Your health is the top priority. Ensure that all injuries are professionally treated.
  • Document Everything: Collect all possible information about the incident and your injuries. This includes photographs, medical records, and eyewitness accounts.
  • Avoid Public Statements: Do not discuss the incident on social media or with insurance adjusters before consulting with an attorney.
  • Consult with a Lawyer: Speak to a product liability attorney to discuss your case and evaluate your options for pursuing a lawsuit.

Frequently asked questions about OneWheel skateboard lawsuits

Are there ongoing lawsuits against OneWheel?

Yes, numerous lawsuits have been initiated by families across the United States who have suffered due to injuries from these potentially flawed skateboards.

Is there a class action lawsuit involving OneWheel?

There is a potential class action lawsuit in the works. This legal action comes in response to severe injuries and fatalities experienced by multiple OneWheel riders, suggesting widespread issues with the product.

What should I do if I or someone I know was injured by a OneWheel skateboard?

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries from a defective OneWheel skateboard, you might consider joining the proposed class action lawsuit. By doing so, you could pursue compensation for the damages incurred. Contact Pond Lehocky Giordano for a free evaluation of your case.

What are the costs associated with hiring a lawyer for a OneWheel accident case?

At Pond Lehocky Giordano, you won’t face any upfront costs or hourly fees when you engage with our OneWheel accident lawyers. Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only receive payment if we successfully secure compensation for your case.

Is using a OneWheel skateboard safe?

The safety of OneWheel skateboards has been called into question after multiple reports of injuries linked to sudden stops. In response to these concerns, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning in November 2022 advising consumers to stop buying, using, or distributing OneWheel skateboards. Despite these warnings, the manufacturer, Future Motion, did not initiate a recall until September 2023, leading to many more injuries.

How many individuals are potentially impacted by OneWheel skateboards?

It’s estimated that tens of thousands of people could be affected, based on national sales data. The number could be even higher considering those who continue to use these skateboards, unaware of the potential risks.

Who manufactures OneWheel skateboards?

Future Motion is the manufacturer of OneWheel skateboards. In September 2023, nearly a year after the initial CPSC warning, Future Motion announced a comprehensive recall of their electric skateboard products due to the risks associated with crashes.

Talk to a lawyer about your OneWheel skateboard lawsuit

If you or a loved one has experienced significant injuries or died as a result of a defective OneWheel electric skateboard, our product liability lawyers can help you decide on the right course of action and figure out if you are entitled to compensation from the product’s manufacturer, retailer, or other involved parties. We offer free consultations with our attorneys so that we can help you better understand your legal options and the strength of your case. For more information, call Pond Lehocky Giordano LLP at 1-800-568-7500 or fill out our contact form today.

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