What approach do you take to fitness? Maybe you’re the ‘sign up and then never go’ type, who takes out a gym membership but doesn’t make the most of it. Or perhaps you work out religiously at the gym, every night of the week. However often you go to the gym, there’s a risk you could be involved in an accident, as a recent survey carried out by Accident Advice Helpline shows. Almost 14% of people have had an accident at the gym, with almost 10% of those surveyed needing time off work due to a gym accident.
What kind of injuries could you suffer?
Whilst you’re most likely to be injured on a treadmill or rowing machine (these account for 8.7% of all accidents respectively), you could be injured whilst using equipment at the gym, or even suffer injuries after a slip, trip or fall. The most common cause of accidents in the gym is lack of instruction, and if you’ve been forced to take time off work due to a gym accident caused by lack of instruction, you could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation.
It’s the responsibility of the gym management to ensure that anybody on the premises stays safe, and they could be held liable if you are injured. Lower back injuries are amongst the most common types of injuries, accounting for over 20% of gym accidents, whilst foot and ankle, shoulder and knee injuries were also listed as common injuries. Around 13% of those surveyed suffered neck injuries – for example, whiplash from being thrown off a treadmill suddenly.
Should you claim personal injury compensation?
If you’ve needed time off work due to a gym accident, you’ll almost certainly be affected by loss of earnings, which can make things difficult for you and your family financially at a time when your focus should be on recovering from your accident. When you make a personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline, we’ll take into account your loss of earnings as well as your pain and suffering, and if your claim is successful, your settlement will reflect this. Why not give our freephone helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 to get confidential, no-obligation advice from our expert advisors after your gym accident?
Our phone line is open 24/7 and it’s a good idea to call us as soon as possible after your accident, as there’s a three-year time limit in place for all personal injury claims. What’s more, our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so there are no upfront legal fees to worry about.
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton