When you join a gym, the aim is to get yourself fitter and healthier. Whether you join a gym that costs hundreds of pounds a month in membership or a budget gym that’s designed to help you save pennies as well as shed pounds, the last thing you want is to suffer an injury while you are there. There are various ways you could be injured in a gym accident, and sometimes it just isn’t your fault. With so many different pieces of equipment and complex machinery to use, it’s easy to see how things could go wrong in a gym that could lead to you making a gym accident claim after you are injured in an accident.
Nobody likes to blame somebody else, but it may be that your accident was a result of someone else’s negligence, and if that is the case then making a gym accident claim could be on the cards, provided it has been three years or less since your accident.
Getting the right information can help
Before you join a gym, check their recommendations and reputation. A good gym will have qualified trainers and up-to-date equipment. They will usually show you around and explain how all the equipment works and what it is supposed to do. The importance of attending a gym induction is so that you will know all this, and this can help you prevent an injury. Once you know what to do to start your training, you should gradually build up what you do. All machines should be maintained by the gym, but if machines malfunction, the injuries you could sustain from a gym accident could be very serious. If you’ve been injured due to faulty machinery or lack of an induction, you could hold the gym liable for your accident and make a gym accident claim with Accident Advice Helpline. But what kinds of things could go wrong at the gym?
How have you been injured?
There are some machines at the gym that are responsible for more accidents than others. If you haven’t been given a proper induction, using weights can be dangerous, as you could set things up wrongly and suffer crush injuries or fractures if weights fall on you whilst you are lifting. Not knowing how to use a treadmill properly can also lead to injuries, as you could set it to a faster/more difficult setting than you can cope with, which could lead to a slip, trip or fall. People have suffered serious head and facial injuries as well as broken bones after a fall caused by a treadmill. Spillages on the gym floor could lead to slips, and should be cleaned up promptly. Faulty machinery could cause an electric shock or lacerations if, for example, the seat on an exercise bike is broken.
Lack of a proper induction means that you’re unable to use the equipment safely, and whilst it’s your own responsibility to use equipment properly, if you have not been shown how to do so then you could hold the gym liable if you have been injured. Gym accident claims are not uncommon, and whether you have suffered a minor injury or a more serious one, we’re here to help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
Treatment for gym accident injuries
The gym will always have someone on duty to help if someone is injured, but treatment for injuries sustained from a gym accident should only be given by a qualified doctor. If you have been injured in any way, you should report your accident to gym staff or management as they will need to record your accident in their book. You should then seek medical attention for your injuries – Accident Advice Helpline will need to see evidence of this in order to process your claim for personal injury compensation. It may be that you have sustained minor injuries and are allowed home after a diagnosis by a doctor. For more serious injuries, such as broken bones or a head injury, you may need to stay in hospital for treatment and to recover after your accident, and this may mean taking time off work.
Making a gym accident claim for loss of earnings
If you have taken time off after your accident, then you could make a gym accident claim for loss of earnings. This means that there’s no need to struggle financially after your accident – why should you have to when it wasn’t your fault? You could make a claim which takes into account your financial losses, giving you one less thing to worry about whilst you’re recovering from your injuries. Whether your injuries are minor or more serious, you could receive compensation for lost wages, and if you have suffered a life-changing injury such as a head injury, you could be entitled to compensation for future loss of earnings too, if you’re unable to return to work.
If your gym accident was not your fault
The question of who is liable for a gym accident is often asked if you want to claim compensation for your injuries. If you were not at fault, then you could make a claim. Determining who is to blame is an important part of making a gym accident claim. It could be your personal trainer, a member of gym staff or even management that are responsible for your injuries, and by working out who is at fault, you could make a personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
How can we help you?
Accident Advice Helpline are legal specialists in personal injury compensation claims, and we offer free, no-obligation advice about gym accident claims. We have a team of professional advisors who can explain how to claim compensation for a gym accident and offer you lots of useful advice about what to do after an accident. If you needed treatment for your injury, then you have the right to make a claim. Our solicitors offer help with the cost of making a gym accident claim, as they all offer their services on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis. This allows us to start your claim without receiving payment first, which can help relieve any financial pressure you may feel about claiming. It also means that those in financial difficulties after their accident won’t miss out on the opportunity to make a claim for the compensation they are entitled to.
We not only offer advice over the phone, but we can assess and start your claim too. If we confirm that you are eligible to claim, we can give you an estimate of how much it could be worth. Or you could take the 30-second test on our website right now for an idea of how much you might be able to claim. To make sure you get the best legal advice, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 which is free from a landline. If you prefer to call from a mobile, the number you need is 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 6th September 2013
Author: David Brown