A gym is expected to keep its visitors safe at all times as far as reasonably possible. If the institution or one of its employees has failed to take reasonable care, and a customer has been injured as a direct result, the gym may be judged to have acted negligently and be liable to pay compensation to the injured party. If you have been injured at a gym and feel they were to blame for an accident contact our negligence experts for free legal advice. Our solicitors can advise on how to make a claim against a gym.
Gym memberships in the UK have risen dramatically since the 1980's as our busy lifestyles have placed a premium on physical fitness and time efficiency. Roughly 4.5 million UK adults hold gym cards, and there are around 6,000 gyms and private health clubs across the country. Complicated machines, heavy weights and slippery floors all pose a risk to gym visitors and employees. Gyms are part of a comparatively unregulated, highly competitive industry where profit maximisation is a constant requirement. These factors explain the sharp rise in claims for compensation for gym accidents over the past 20 years.
The immediate causes of gym accidents are varied. Gym equipment may be faulty, poorly maintained, dated, or unsuitable for a commercial gym. Accidents can occur on treadmills and running machines which malfunction and stop, throwing users off them. Some gyms also attempt to cut corners by providing equipment specifically designed for home rather than commercial purposes which will inevitably break if subjected to excessive use. All gym equipment must be in good working order, properly maintained, regularly checked and suitable for the purposes for which it is intended.
New visitors to gyms may be injured if they have not received a proper induction session on how to use gym apparatus. Otherwise visitors may receive inappropriate direction from gym instructors either in how to use equipment, or the recommended individual training pattern to adopt. This extends to gym classes where an over-zealous instructor may push members too hard causing injury, or not allow enough time for participants to warm up.
Our solicitors are often asked by clients if a gym is responsible for a slipping accident. Accidents may also occur near swimming pools and in changing rooms, where wet floors pose a constant threat of slips, trips and falls. Equipment left lying around in the gym, and obstacles or uneven surfaces in reception areas and car parks may cause similar accidents. Claiming compensation is possible for tripping over dumbbells and other gym equipment. Infections and illnesses may also be contracted from spa pools, saunas and steam rooms which are not properly maintained or cleaned.
Provided your claim relates to an accident at a gym that has taken place in the last three years, Bartletts can offer you a no win no fee contract to sue a gym. Apart from financial compensation for pain and suffering, you can also claim for loss of earnings, the cost of medical treatment and travel expenses. The vast majority of the claims against gyms are successful.