If you visit a gym or sports centre the chances are you will need to change before taking part in whatever sport you have in mind. You will do this in the changing room, which provides benches and lockers for this very purpose.
For the most part these changing rooms will be in excellent condition and will be a pleasure to use. However in isolated cases the people who run such facilities can be lax in attending to all their health and safety requirements.
Changing room accidents are potentially more likely to happen if there is a lack of health and safety present at the venue. For example there could be inadequate lighting so you cannot properly see where you are going.
You may sit down on a bench to change your shoes, only for the bench to collapse underneath you, sending you tumbling to the floor. As you can see, a variety of problems could potentially occur if you are unlucky.
The question of negligence
Negligence is something companies such as Accident Advice Helpline will deal with when considering the potential cases people bring to their attention. Proof of negligence is far more likely to result in a successful compensation claim, because it points to another person or business being responsible for the individual’s accident and injury.
Changing room accidents also come down to the question of negligence. For example if a bank of lockers is not properly fastened to the wall and you open a locker only to have it fall on you, this wouldn’t be your fault.
What should you do if you’ve been hurt in an accident in a changing room?
Firstly you should consider getting some medical attention. Even if you don’t immediately think you need any medical help you should report what has happened to the person in charge at the venue you are at. This will ensure there is a record of the accident, just in case you later realise you did injure yourself.
Compensation can be payable if you have an injury someone else caused you to experience because they were negligent in some way.
Because it is difficult to work out whether compensation might be a possibility, you may want to contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. We could help you find out whether compensation might be paid to you if you did make a claim.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead