Whether you’re a gym addict or it takes all your effort just to make it off the sofa, going to the gym is a good habit to get into. It’s easy to view the gym as a safe place to workout – and for the most part that’s true. However you could be injured whilst working out at a gym or health club, and if somebody else is to blame for your accident, you could make a personal injury claim for your pain, suffering and any loss of earnings you have been affected by. You’ll need a personal injury lawyer to make a claim, and Accident Advice Helpline’s team has over 15 years’ experience handling all kinds of claims, from car accident injuries to gym injuries.
How could you be injured at the gym?
Gym equipment is maintained and repaired by gym management, and so you expect it to be safe to use. But if you are injured by faulty gym equipment, the outcome could be serious. You could be injured when a weight stack collapses on you, or a treadmill speeds up and you are thrown off. You could be injured when the gym fails to give you an induction and show you how to use the equipment safely. Or you could be injured by another member of the gym who is negligent – for example if somebody is working out and loses grip on a resistance band or kettlebell, you could be injured. Here are a few examples of common injuries you could sustain at the gym:
- Eye or facial injuries after being struck in the face by equipment – for example a skipping rope, weights or resistance band
- Bruises, crush injuries or broken bones after equipment (such as a weight stack) collapses on you
- Broken ribs after a faulty weight machine collapses
- Strains and sprains caused a slip, trip or fall – for example tripping on damaged flooring or slipping on a wet floor where somebody has spilt water
Whilst some gym injuries can be minor, others could affect the rest of your life. For example, a serious eye injury or crush injury could mean taking time off work to recover. If your injuries don’t heal properly, you could be left with scars or ongoing pain and other symptoms that can impact your happiness. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 today and find out if you could be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so even if you’ve blown the budget on expensive gym membership, you can still afford to claim if you have been injured and somebody else is to blame.
Date Published: March 29, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton