Injuries sustained at exercise classes
There are many reasons to attend an exercise class. The actual exercise and its benefits are the main reasons, but people tend to favour them because of the encouragement they receive from the group, the different exercises and therefore benefits they can receive as part of a single class and the expert tuition which is available in comparison to a gym session where they might be left alone.
However, even with supervision, there is still the potential for something to go wrong in an exercise class – and when things go wrong during exercising, they tend to go very wrong.
If you have had an accident which wasn’t your fault during an exercise class then you may have the right to make a compensation claim in Vauxhall.
The dangers of an exercise class
Whenever a person attends an exercise class, whether it is a low energy class such as yoga or Pilates or high impact such as Boxercise or Zumba, they may have a number of expectations. Firstly, they expect to see the results of their hard work either rewarded as weight loss or as the exercises which they struggled with getting progressively easier to manage and master. Secondly, they have the right to expect that they will be secure as they exercise, with a qualified and experienced instructor ensuring their safety for the duration of the class.
This expectation is more than simply a reasonable request: it is a legal obligation which is placed upon the instructor and their employers, whether this be a community or leisure centre, an association or a school or public building. This obligation is known as a duty of care, which means that they must take all reasonable steps to prevent harm and minimise the risk of harm occurring.
In the event that this duty of care is breached, then the person who has failed to act responsibly may be held accountable for the accident which happened and any resulting injuries. The person injured then has the right to make a compensation claim in Vauxhall.
In an exercise class, any number of accidents or incidents could potentially happen:
- Floor hazards – although mats might be necessary, it is generally accepted that other items on a floor could potentially cause an accident.
- Poor instruction – the safety of the participants of the class often depend upon the experience and expertise of the instructors.
- Overcrowding – many classes have an upper limit as to the number of people who can train.
- Poor equipment – from balls to weights, any poor maintenance of equipment has the potential for harm.
Making a compensation claim in Vauxhall
If you have experienced injuries in an exercise class where the duty of care of the instructor was breached then pursuing a compensation claim in Vauxhall could help to recognise your pain and suffering. For over 16 years, Accident Advice Helpline have been supporting people like you make a compensation claims, and our 30-second test could help to establish if your claim is valid. Call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 3rd September 2013
Author: Emma Matthews