Going to the gym is something many of us do regularly, and apart from the odd pulled muscle or two, most of us don’t expect to be injured at the gym. We expect the equipment we use to be safe, and for the gym environment to also be clean, tidy and safe. But gym accidents are actually more common than you may have realised. What are a few of the most common causes of gym accidents, and who is to blame for them?
How did your accident at the gym happen?
If you’ve been injured at the gym, ask yourself who’s to blame for your accident. Here are a few of the most common causes of gym accidents that Accident Advice Helpline has handled claims for over the past 15 years and more:
- Injured by faulty gym equipment, for example equipment that has not been properly maintained
- Lack of an induction showing you how to use the gym equipment
- Lack of or poor instruction in the gym
- Under-qualified personal trainers and staff teaching clients bad habits when it comes to using equipment
- Unhygienic environment which could cause skin conditions or allergies, for example in the pool or sauna
- Food poisoning from cross-contamination (if eating food in the cafe/restaurant)
- Equipment being used wrongly, such as a weight stack not being return to the correct position – it could fall onto the next user, causing serious injury
- Injuries caused in fitness classes
Whether you have been thrown off a faulty treadmill at speed, injured by a weight stack falling on you or suffered injuries during a class, you could make a personal injury claim if you think the gym has been negligent. If you have a viable claim, Accident Advice Helpline will gather evidence in support of your claim, to get you the compensation you deserve.
Compensation for gym accidents
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could receive a substantial personal injury settlement when you make a claim with Accident Advice Helpline. We would normally recommend getting in touch with us as soon as possible after your accident, but at any rate within three years, as this is the time limit which applies to all personal injury claims. Take the 30-second test on our website to find out how much compensation you could get, then pick up the phone and call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500. Our phone line is open 24/7 and you can get confidential advice from our expert team.
Date Published: May 12, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton