Winter is the perfect time for many individuals to begin or recommit to a physical fitness routine. Regular exercise can help combat the winter blues while boosting overall health and happiness. But too much too soon can lead to serious consequences.
From pulling a muscle to spraining an ankle during an overenthusiastic dance move, sports injuries at the gym are quite common. Most gyms require participants to sign a liability waiver prior to working out at their facility. But what happens if you fall and break a bone due to a leaking shower in the locker room? What if malfunctioning equipment causes a serious injury?
Many gym contract liability waivers protect gym from lawsuits related to injuries that occur on the premises, but this varies from gym to gym. That’s why it’s important to thoroughly read and understand liability waivers prior to signing your name—this is a legal document, after all. If you ever find yourself concerned or confused by something in a liability waiver, contact your attorney before signing.
Gym owners are responsible for making sure that their facility is reasonably safe for gym goers. If they fail to regularly inspect the equipment and facilities, warning participants whenever something is amiss, they could be held liable for an injury that occurs on the premises.
In order to prevent injuries at the gym, it’s important to be honest with yourself about your body’s limitations. Don’t push too hard too quickly. Consider working with a trainer at the gym to learn how to use the equipment safely.
If you are injured at the gym as a result of malfunctioning equipment, a slip and fall incident, or other issues related to the premises, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.