Gym-related personal injury claims rose in January
By z4027672030, Feb 8 2016 03:36PM
January is a month that sees an influx of people joining the gym to try and get fit as part of their New Year’s resolutions, and many gyms try and entice new clients with special deals and discounted rates to try and increase their numbers.
With people eager to see results as quickly as possible, they can make mistakes that have lasting consequences. Often, people injure themselves because they don’t know how to use certain pieces of equipment, or they have pushed themselves to a limit that causes them harm.
In the majority of cases, these types of incidents would not be eligible for gym-related personal injury claims. Gym-related personal injury claims are often filed when a person has a slip, trip or fall on a wet or dangerous surface.
It is very important to understand that just because you sustained an injury at a gym, it doesn’t mean that you can sue the facility with a personal injury claim.
While the proprietor of a gym does have a legal duty to provide a safe environment for people to exercise in, they are often not responsible for a personal injury unless said injury occurred due to their negligence.
To be entitled to make a personal injury claim, it must be proved that the injury was caused as a result of failure or negligence in duty of care. If the liable party failed in their duty, you could well be entitled to take legal action and receive some form of compensation.
In order for a personal injury claim to be brought against a proprietor or employee, certain criteria must be met. This would be proof that a duty of care was owed by the party that caused the injury to the person who sustained the injury, and that the claimant sustained an injury caused by a breach of that duty.
If you have injured yourself in the gym and feel you have a valid claim, please feel free to contact our personal injury solicitors. North Devon based, we will be happy to visit you at your home if it is more suitable, or you can visit us in our Braunton or Ilfracombe offices; whichever is most convenient for you.