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New Year, New You? 6 gym hazards to be aware of


January is traditionally the month of good intentions, with diet plans commencing and many of us hitting the gym, resolving to get fit and healthy. Gym memberships skyrocket at this time of year with people eager to see quick results, and as gyms become busier with more people active in them, injuries will occur – with potentially lasting consequences.

How accidents can happen in the gym

Most gyms contain specialist, complicated equipment with many moving components and heavy weights. This equipment can cause serious injury to the user if they are not well maintained and used correctly.

Gyms have strict guidelines and health and safety rules that apply to them and they should have properly trained employees. However, sometimes these rules are overlooked or ignored and as a result, injuries occur.

Gym injury accidents can arise from hazards and issues such as:

  1. Faulty or badly maintained equipment
  2. Poorly trained staff who give inadequate advice
  3. Insufficient cleaning resulting in slips on wet floors
  4. Mats and equipment left lying around resulting in trips and falls
  5. The instructions for using the equipment being unclear
  6. New members not being provided with adequate training or induction sessions

If you are injured in an accident at the gym you may be able to claim compensation.

What to do if you’re involved in an accident at the gym

If you’ve been injured in an accident at the gym and are considering making a claim for compensation, here are some steps to make the process a little easier.

  • Seek medical attention if needed and ensure the doctor/nurse records the accident detail accurately in your records
  • Report the accident to gym staff and make sure it’s properly recorded
  • Gather witness contact details
  • Take photos of where the accident occurred if possible and any defective equipment
  • Don’t admit liability to staff at the gym


Making a claim for a gym injury

To be entitled to make a gym injury claim, you need to be able to prove that your injury was caused as a result of a failure or negligence in duty of care. If the gym failed in their duty, you could well be entitled to take legal action and receive some form of compensation.

At Kerr Brown, our personal injury solicitors believe in providing quality legal advice in respect of personal injury claims, and work with clients to deliver comprehensive answers to their questions.

To discuss your specific circumstances with a member of our team, call us today on 0141 413 9646 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will get right back to you.

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