Gyms and Personal Injury
Injuries can happen anywhere, even at places you wouldn’t expect. You can slip at the local grocery store. You might get into a car accident on your way to work. You could even suffer an injury at the gym while you’re working out at the end of a long day. If you trip or equipment falls on you, it could lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other kinds of serious harm.
Attorney Stephen G. Charpentier would like to consider various examples of injuries at gyms and fitness centers. The team at our Melbourne, FL law firm will then consider possible legal options if you’ve been injured at your gym.
Defective and Dangerous Exercise Machines
Exercise machines get used by countless people in a given week. Treadmills, elliptical runners, cable machines, and even simple weight benches sustain a lot of wear and tear over time. At a good gym, old equipment is maintained and broken machines are replaced. At some gyms, however, this old equipment remains on the floor and could cause serious injuries.
Wet Floors and Slippery Surfaces
It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to lift, sprint, or stretch. Good traction is essential at the gym. If there are any wet spots on the floor, objects on the ground, or any sort of slipping or tripping hazard present, it could spell disaster for people simply trying to get fit.
Falling Weights and Equipment
We usually expect people to re-rack weights when they’re done with them, but sadly dumbbells and plates could be left around the gym. Sometimes, depending on where people set them, they could cause serious hazards should they fall. A few people who’ve suffered injuries at their gym have been struck by falling weights, plates, or barbells that were placed or stacked where they didn’t belong.
Poor Building Maintenance
Gyms and fitness centers are subject to the same building and safety codes as other businesses in and around Melbourne. If a property is not maintained, there could be major dangers present that put gym patrons at serious risk of harm.
Negligent or Irresponsible Personal Trainers
Trainers are supposed to have the best interests of their clients in mind. We want trainers to push us to get stronger or to lose weight, but never to a point where an injury might happen. Sadly, there have been cases in which trainers put too much physical strain on their clients, causing them to suffer torn muscles and other soft tissue damage as well as sprains, fractures, and herniated discs.
Given the trust between trainers and their clients, such injuries are unacceptable, especially when a trained professional is monitoring and guiding you through a fitness routine.
Who Should Be Held Liable for My Injury?
In the case of gym accidents and injuries, various parties could be held liable. The people who own and operate the gym may be responsible, particularly when they fail to keep floor free from hazards or to service old equipment. Trainers could be held responsible for injuries to clients. Even the makers of exercise equipment could be held liable if their machines are poorly designed or put together.
These possibilities are why it is so important to speak with someone at our law firm about your injuries and how they came about. We can help determine if you have a lawsuit on your hands.
Contact Charpentier Law Firm, P.A.
For more information about injuries sustained at gyms and fitness centers, be sure to contact a trusted personal injury lawyer. The team at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. can be reached in Melbourne by phone at (866) 615-7868.