Normally, when a person signs up for a gym, he or she signs a waiver that attempts to deter the member from filing a lawsuit if he or she is ever hurt because of the gym’s negligence. Many victims of negligence at the gym do not pursue compensation for their injuries, feeling that they have no options because of the waiver. However, if a gym fails to provide a safe environment for its members, the gym may be held liable despite the existence of a waiver.
Most business owners are held liable for any injuries that occur on their property if they failed to take reasonable measures to prevent an accident. Gyms can be a dangerous environment if they are not properly maintained. Some common negligence in gyms include clutter that results in trips and falls, improperly maintaining equipment and machines, failing to let gym members know of hazards, and failing to keep a sanitary environment.
Unfortunately, many gym members choose not to speak with an attorney after their accident. As mentioned earlier, they may feel that they have no viable options because of a waiver they signed when getting a membership. However, it’s always a good idea for an accident victim to have their case reviewed to see if it is possible to pursue damages. Medical bills after serious injuries can quickly mount, and if the accident occurred due to a business owner’s negligence, the victim should not be required to cover those costs.