Accidents in Sports Centres
People visit sports centres for a variety of reasons. They may be there to play a sport, enjoy a swim or to visit the gym. Alternatively, sports centres are also great for family days out, special events such as parties or you may be a spectator at a sporting event.
Whatever the reason for visiting a sports centre, the manager or owner of the property has a duty to take any reasonable steps to ensure the safety and health of all visitors to their premises. This is commonly known as a duty of care. In the event that this duty is breached, either because of the carelessness or negligence of the manager or owner, or one of their staff, and a member of the public is injured as a result then that person has the right to make a compensation claim in Tenby.
Making such a compensation claim in Tenby could ensure that not only are their injuries recognised but also that any associated costs such as medical expenses, travelling or time away from work is compensated.
What is meant by Reasonable Steps?
It isn’t simply the managers or owners of health and sports centres who are bound by a duty of care. The law extends to the owner or manager of any public building or area. The only differences between the legal obligations which are placed on those managers or owners are the specific steps they must take in order to safeguard the public.
The steps which might be classed as reasonable to a supermarket owner may be entirely different to those of a sports centre manager. For the sports centre manager, the obligation might refer to (but not be limited to):
- The proper maintenance of all steps, corridors and public areas
- The proper upkeep of all equipment which is used by the public
- The inclusion of proper and adequate signage and safeguarding warnings
- The proper instruction from dedicated and qualified staff where required (i.e. within the gym or exercise classes)
- Carrying out regular risk assessments to identify any hazards or potential dangers
- Providing full insurance as required by law
Accidents in Sports Centres
As with many public buildings, there is a large number of accidents which could potentially happen within a sports centre and lead to a compensation claim in Tenby:
- Accidents due to damaged equipment
- Slips, trips and falls due to poor floor maintenance, lack of signage to indicate a hazard, or a lack of non-slip tiles/mats in wet areas such as swimming pools or changing areas
- Poor instruction in connection with gym equipment or exercises which leads to an injury
Making a Compensation Claim in Tenby
If you have been injured in a sports centre in an accident which you did not cause then the same law which gives the manager of that centre their duty of care, gives you the right to make a compensation claim in Tenby. With 15 years’ experience, consumer champion Esther Rantzen as our patron, and a No Win No Fee* policy, Accident Advice Helpline can support you throughout your claim. You can give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 to discuss things in more detail.
Date Published: 30th August 2013
Author: David Brown