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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Injured during a gym class?

    Keeping fit and healthy is one of the key leisure time pursuits in the modern age. Everyone now understands the relationship between a balanced diet and regular exercise and well-being and a healthy outlook. Gym classes are available in outlets throughout the country, from those run by qualified instructors in local health centre to private fitness clubs. There are various aspects of these gym clubs which customers should be aware of, as the equipment has to be respected in order to avoid causing accidents – and these can range from minor mishaps to major injuries.

    Putting enjoyment first

    Many people enjoy regular working out on a regular basis, but the benefits should always outweigh the negative aspects. Perhaps the most overwhelming of the latter would be sustaining injuries while attending your gym class. Whether the accident is major or minor, it could have a long-term impact, both in terms of temporary incapacity and the effect it might have on your confidence.

    What to look out for

    No matter what level you are at, beginner or advanced, you should always pay attention to information your instructor is relaying to you. Any qualified gym teacher will always have health and safety considerations foremost in their mind, but accidents can happen at any time, even in supervised classes.

    The equipment used in any gym is a common factor. If you do not operate the apparatus safely and in accordance with the rules, you run the risk of damaging yourself.

    Ensure the basic requirements are met in any gym situation. Is there enough light for you so see what you are doing? Has the area been well attended to, in terms of spillages being dealt with promptly, or worn floor tiles taped over after being reported to the officials? Can you hear the instructions being given by the instructor – is there any room for ambiguity in what they are telling you to do?

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    Steps for claiming through AAH

    Accident Advice Helpline offers a free 24-hour claim hotline. By phoning this number you will be put in touch with a dedicated claims advisor. At AAH we have experience in dealing with situations such as yours – where gym clients have suffered an accident that was no fault of their own and which happened less than three years ago. Our legal expert will take your case on board and fight to secure you exactly the level of compensation due you from the liable party.

    Date Published: April 19, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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