Whether you got to the gym regularly or are a bit lazy with your workouts, there’s a possibility you could be injured at the gym. Accident Advice Helpline recently carried out a survey which revealed that almost 14% of people have been injured at the gym. Out of those surveyed, 8.3% were left unable to return to work. These people will be affected by loss of earnings, which could make it difficult for their families to manage financially. They could be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation, within three years of their accident – and you could too, if you’ve been injured in an accident at the gym.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Gyms are generally fairly safe places, with well-trained, qualified staff who are aware of the safety hazards. But faulty equipment or lack of instruction could easily lead to an accident occurring, and every time you go to the gym, you rely on the instructors and trainers there to ensure you stay safe. But what’s the most dangerous equipment to use at your local gym? You might be surprised to hear that 8.7% of people we surveyed had been injured at the gym after using the treadmill or rowing machine. These are also two of the most popular pieces of gym equipment.
However, it’s not always faulty equipment that’s to blame – 7.8% of those surveyed had been involved in an accident due to lack of instruction. If you haven’t received an induction or been shown how to use equipment at your gym, you could be at risk of being injured too. The good news is that exercise bikes are the least dangerous equipment in the gym, with only 4.9% of those surveyed suffering injuries caused by an exercise bike accident.
Claiming compensation for gym injuries
Whether you’ve injured your lower back, hurt your neck or suffered more serious injuries such as broken bones after an accident at the gym, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation if somebody else is to blame. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and find out if you have a viable claim. Or head for our website and take the 30-second test to see how much compensation you could be entitled to. Our professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so anybody can afford to make a claim with us, without worrying about expensive upfront legal fees.
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton