Unfortunately, even if you take the necessary precautions, working out in a gym presents some risks that could result in an accident or an injury to you. Whether you are working out alone, with a partner, or with a trainer, sometimes accidents do happen and you can get hurt. On this page, I will talk more about some of the steps that you should take after sustaining an injury in the gym. I will also explain some of the people or entities that might be at-fault for your injury, and how you can recover compensation in this event.
Steps to Take After an Injury
If you injure yourself during a training session, the first thing that you should do is stop! Don’t try to keep working through the pain – now is the time to be cautious and call it quits on your session.
If your injury was the result of faulty equipment in the gym or an issue with their machines, alert the gym staff as soon as possible so that they can fix the issue and other people do not get hurt.
Next, even though this might seem like a nuisance, you should go and see a doctor about your injuries. This is important for two reasons. First of all, you want to see a doctor to make sure that you are not seriously injured and to get the treatment that you need so that you can recover quickly and properly. Next, it is important to see a doctor in order to create a record of your injuries. If you decide down the line that you want to sue the gym or the trainer for compensation, you need evidence of your injury. A doctor’s report can provide the documentation that you need. Other forms of evidence might include eyewitness testimony, photographs of the injuries, reports made with the gym, and more.
Who is At Fault?
Accidents can happen in a whole range of ways when you are working out in a gym. First, the accident might be your own fault. If you are using improper form, not getting a spotter for certain lifts, or using equipment incorrectly, you may be responsible for your own injury.
On the other hand, if you are working with a trainer and they are not paying attention or ask you to do something risky, they could be held responsible for any issues that arise.
Finally, consider if the gym itself is at-fault. This might be the case if you were working with a trainer that is employed by the gym, or if the gym is not maintaining their equipment properly and this contributed to your injury.
In the event that the trainer or the gym corporation is at-fault, you may choose to file a personal injury case and recover compensation for your injury this way. If you want to explore this option, contact my office for further information. We can review your situation and help you determine if you have a strong case. Taking those initial steps after the accident mentioned above can be a big help if you do ultimately decide to file a personal injury claim. It is certainly better to take these steps even if you are unsure if you can recover compensation, than not to take them and find that you need them down the line. For more information, contact my office.