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Gym Injuries: Know What to Avoid

Posted by Charles Gilman | Jan 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Many people choose to stay in shape by going to the local gym. Home workout equipment can be expensive and take up a large amount of living space. For individuals who do not have the money or space to invest in private workout equipment, a public gym is an affordable and convenient way to keep active. Working out requires a person to be healthy enough to exercise and knowledge of proper exercise forms and techniques to prevent injury. Injuries can be common at the gym if equipment is not properly calibrated or conditions are unsafe for people to be performing workout techniques that put a lot of stress on the body.

Common Gym Injuries

Some common injuries seen at the gym can include:

  • Pulling or Straining Your Muscle
  • Spraining or Rolling Your Ankle
  • Spraining or Dislocating Your Wrist
  • Shoulder Dislocation or Other Injury
  • Knee Dislocation or Injury

These injuries and more can be the result of improperly calibrated machinery, wet floors, trainers who are do not provide proper guidance and supervision of clients (as well as individuals who arrive at the gym ill-prepared or who over exert themselves).

Liability

Sometimes, when someone is injured at the gym, it is not the result of over-exertion or lack of preparation. Gym equipment can injure users without it being any fault of their own. Sometimes the gym owners or operators have shown examples of negligent behavior. Putting it simply, the gym owes you a duty of providing a safe exercise environment. They can breach this duty by failing to properly maintain a safe environment, which can cause you to have an accident, and suffer damages. Negligence can come in the form of broken workout machines, slippery or dirty conditions, or faulty equipment. Likewise some personal trainers can simply push clients too hard and lead to to painful results.

In spite of this, most gyms nowadays will employ a liability waiver to prevent lawsuits. This does not always mean that they are liability-free all the time. In some cases, egregious negligence or a liability waiver with too broad terms may land the gym owners in court. For example, suppose a gym owner knew that one of the workout machines was not functioning properly, and did not bother to warn anyone of the malfunctions or replace the machine. If this machine were to injure someone the gym may be held liable for this example of negligence. Likewise, the court may reject a gym's liability waiver if the the terms of it are too broad. No public space should be able to declare itself free of all liability. Some gyms will employ more thought out waivers that remove their liability from specific behaviors, but severe injuries may develop into a case.

If you or a loved one has been injured while at a gym, and you believe you may be entitled to compensation, contact us today.

About the Author

Charles Gilman

As managing partner and co-founder of Gilman & Bedigian, it is my mission to help our clients recover and get their lives back on track. I strongly believe that every person who is injured by a wrongful act deserves compensation, and I will do my utmost to bring recompense to those who need and deserve it.

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