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Oak Brook, IL: (Jul-11-07) Herb Tinney, a 68-year-old Oak Brook man, filed a personal injury lawsuit against STL International, the company that made the machine called the Teeter Hang Up, and the Westmont fitness store that sold the device to him, after he suffered injuries that left him a quadriplegic. The machine is shaped on an A-frame and designed for people with bad backs, who strap their ankles to lock them in place getting on the machine. Tinney's lawyers said he fell because a pin that held the lock in place slipped out. The mortgage banker was strapped into the exercise machine, or thought he was strapped into it when he fell head first to the floor. Tinney, who was once a 5-handicap golfer and a health freak, was paralyzed from the shoulders down since 2002. Tinney spends his time in a west suburban nursing home watching television or having someone read to him. In a settlement reached, the parties settled the case for $5 million. [CHICAGO SUBURBAN NEWS: EXERCISE QUADRIPLEGIC]

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