Gym owners have a legal responsibility to ensure their members have a safe environment to work out in. This includes provision of:
- Well-maintained, safe gym equipment
- Hygienic facilities
- Vigilant supervisors
- Knowledgeable trainers
It also includes ensuring potential hazards are dealt with promptly or, if this is not possible, marking such hazards clearly.
What could cause an accident at the gym?
Some of the most common causes of accidents at the gym include:
- Defective or faulty gym equipment
- Lack of repair or maintenance on gym equipment
- Improper or inadequate instructions by trainers
- Inadequate induction session
- Slips, trips and falls on uneven or wet flooring
- Being hit by objects or pieces of equipment that have come loose
- Other gym users not using equipment properly
Inadequate cleaning of facilities or equipment could also easily lead to various infections.
Depending on what causes an accident at the gym, personal injuries can range from cuts, abrasions or bruises to muscle strains, pulled hamstrings or even dislocated joints and torn cartilages. Being struck by falling equipment could also cause crushing injuries to the head or body and broken bones. Slipping, tripping and falling injuries can also differ in severity from minor abrasions, cuts and bruises to broken bones and head injuries.
If you suffered an accident at the gym because equipment was not properly maintained, facilities were unhygienic, you were not given proper instructions or hazards were not removed or marked within a reasonable amount of time, you could qualify to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
When to claim
Personal injury claims must be brought into action within no more than 36 months from the date you sustained your gym injury. In case of an illness caused by unhygienic facilities or equipment, claims must be initiated within 36 months of the illness being diagnosed.
Our no-win, no-fee* Accident Advice Helpline team of in-house solicitors have the experience and skills necessary to bring your claim for compensation to a satisfactory conclusion fast and effectively. Able to deal with most of the claim process over the phone, they will support you all the way from start to finish and can often negotiate settlements out of court (although this cannot be guaranteed, as circumstances vary between claims). Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (from your landline or mobile phone respectively) now to get your claim started.
Date Published: November 15, 2016
Author: Accident Advice