You have probably used a changing room at some point in the past if you have ever had a gym membership or been a member of a sports club or centre. You’ll also use changing rooms if you ever go swimming.
As such this is an essential place to be if you are going to use a facility like this. To that end you would expect the changing room to be well-maintained, safe to use and pleasant to be in as well. You won’t spend any longer in it than you have to, because you’ll be going to swim or to have a gym class, or at the other end of the experience, going home. On the other hand you won’t want to rush either.
Few people would suffer an injury in a changing room
This is the good news. However just because such injuries are rare it doesn’t necessarily mean you would never suffer from an injury like this. On some occasions it could be because you weren’t paying attention in some way, or you were playing around with someone and fell over because you weren’t looking where you were going.
On the other hand you might end up being injured because of negligence. This might potentially happen if the changing rooms were not in good condition. For example if the floor was irregularly cleaned it could have mold or another substance on it that made it slippery.
Alternatively it might have benches or seating that is of poor quality. It could break as you sit on it, or tip over if it is not securely bolted down when it really should be.
What should you
do if you suffer an injury in a changing room?
It depends on the type of injury, but in every case it should be reported to whoever is responsible on site, such as the manager. Every gym and sports centre should have an accident book, and this is where your details should go.
Whether you seek treatment for your injuries initially or not, you can also call the team at Accident Advice Helpline. We have a free 24/7 enquiry line you can call on 0800 689 0500 so you can always speak with someone who has experience of handling cases like this. One of our professional injury compensation lawyers could help you with your claim.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead