Ore. man files lawsuit after trying out inversion table at store, says board flipped backward

  • Updated: July 29, 2013 - 12:25 PM

EUGENE, Ore. — A second Oregon lawsuit has been filed this month over an inverted therapy table.

The tables allow people to hang upside down, strapped to the flat surface, in hopes of relieving pain.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/18N5PrE) Donald Walken says in a suit he suffered back and knee injuries when he tried out a table at a Big 5 sporting goods store in Eugene. He says the board suddenly flipped backward because a safety chain wasn't installed.

The lawsuit seeks more than $2 million. The company hasn't responded to requests for comment.

In a federal suit filed against a manufacturer, a family alleges a 64-year-old Deschutes County man died in 2010 after he was stuck for a long time upside down on an inversion table in his home.

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