The number of people joining gyms has increased tremendously over the past few years. Unfortunately, so has the number of gym accidents.
Gyms have a responsibility to ensure that they provide a safe environment for their members to work out by providing well-maintained gym equipment, knowledgeable trainers, vigilant supervisors and hygienic facilities. When the establishment fails to uphold their responsibility, accidents can occur, some of which may result in serious injuries.
Common Causes of Gym Accidents
Most gyms today are equipped with heavy-duty exercise machines featuring large, weighty components. If these machines are not maintained properly or not handled correctly, it can result in serious injuries to the person using them as well as others around them. For this reason, it is vital that gyms have an adequate level of supervision in place to ensure that all equipment is well-maintained and that gym users use the equipment correctly and do not push themselves or the machines beyond their limits.
Some of the more common causes of gym accidents include:
- Faulty or defective gym equipment
- Lack of maintenance or repair on gym equipment
- Inadequate or improper instruction by a trainer
- Inadequate induction session
- Trip or slip on wet or uneven flooring
- Hit by a stray object or sports equipment that has come loose
- Improper use of equipment by another gym user, which causes you an injury
- Inadequate cleaning of equipment or facilities that could lead to infections
Common Gym Injuries
Depending on the cause of the accident, the kind of injury you may suffer in a gym could range from a simple strain or pulled hamstring that requires nothing more than a few days rest, to a more severe torn cartilage or dislocated joint, which require extensive medical treatment.
If you suffered an injury whilst at the gym and you feel that the gym owners or members of the staff were negligent in allowing the accident to happen, then you may have a right to file a claim for compensation.
Steps To Take Following A Gym Accident
In the event of a gym injury, the first thing you should do is inform the gym authorities about the incident. Most gyms have a log book in which all accidents are recorded. Create a written record of the incident in the gym’s log book.
The next thing you need to do is to seek medical help. This is crucial to your recovery and also for assessing the extent of your injury. In addition, when you seek medical help, it creates an official record of then your injury occurred and exactly what form it took, which can be useful in terms of your claim.
Compensation for Gym Accidents and Injuries
If you sustained an injury following an accident in a gym, you may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Pain and suffering caused by the injury
- Medical expenses
- Travel expenses for medical treatment
- The effect the injury has had on your life
- Loss of earnings if you had to stay back from work or if you are unable to go back to your job
- Loss of earnings of the relative or friend caring for you
The amount of compensation you receive will depend upon the extent of your injuries, your actual expenses and your actual and potential loss of earnings.
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Making A Successful Gym Accident Compensation Claim
To make a successful gym injuries compensation claim you will need to demonstrate that the personal injury you suffered would not have happened if the gym in question had taken reasonable steps to ensure your safety.
When filling up the membership form, some gyms ask users to sign a contract waiving the gym for any responsibility in case of injuries. Very often, this clause will be buried amidst a sea of small print and you may not even be aware that you’ve signed such a waiver. However, irrespective of whether you are aware of it or not, you should not let the clause deter you from filing a claim for compensation in case of an injury. All consumer rights associations have declared this practice unfair and legally unenforceable. A major part of running a gym includes putting reasonable safety measures in place to prevent untoward incidents and gyms cannot simply exclude themselves of any liability for personal injury should an accident occur.
If you feel your accident was caused due to negligence, faulty equipment or inadequate training, contact a personal injury lawyer to determine whether you have a strong accident case. Most gyms will have some sort of liability insurance and the compensation will be handled by the insurance company and not the gym. However, a claim will have the gym worried as it will mean they have to pay a higher insurance premium.