Exercise and physical activity are vital to keep our bodies strong, fit and healthy, but what about when exercise goes wrong? Sport or exercise of any kind comes with risks – you could pull a muscle, break bones or be more seriously injured. Losing sight in an accident at the gym may sound unlikely, but it has happened before. How safe is your gym?
Whether you’ve suffered minor injuries after using faulty equipment or have sustained more serious injuries whilst working out at your gym, claiming compensation is an option that’s open to you. The owner of the gym is responsible for ensuring your safety whilst you’re on the premises, and if they have failed to maintain gym equipment and machinery to a safe standard, people could be injured. Losing sight in an accident could occur when debris or parts fly out of machinery, or it could happen when you are struck by other objects. You could even be hit in the face by equipment such as a resistance band.
Is your gym safe?
Don’t be afraid to check equipment at your gym to make sure it’s safe to use – this is a good habit to get into. If it’s a bit late for that and you’ve already been injured, there is something you can do. Claiming personal injury compensation means you could receive a settlement for your injuries, provided somebody else is to blame, that is. So if you were running in heels on the treadmill and fell over, chances are a claim won’t be possible. But if a faulty weight stack fell on your chest and broke your ribs, the owner of the gym could be held liable.
How easy is it to claim?
Many people shy away from the idea of a personal injury claim as they think it’s complex, and will involve going to court. In actual fact, most claims are settled out of court, so it’s unlikely you’ll need to be involved in legal proceedings in person. When you consider the pain and suffering your injury has caused, it makes sense to make a claim for personal injury compensation – and we aim to make the process as simple as possible for our customers. We offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, so there are no upfront fees to pay, and our team of personal injury advisors are on hand to offer confidential, no-obligation advice. We know that losing your sight in an accident can affect the rest of your life, so take action today and call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out how we can help you.
Date Published: May 31, 2015
Author: Rob Steen