Everyone wants to be physically fit, and going to your local gym is one of the most common methods of getting in shape. From CrossFit to yoga to simple weightlifting, people across the world are flocking to gyms and athletic centers to improve their fitness.
This group of workout warriors, though, is susceptible to injuries. With so many people pushing their physical limits and striving to be healthier, injuries are bound to occur – many times on someone else’s property. Whether you pull a muscle stretching, fall on a piece of equipment or incur any other type of injury, you’re probably wondering who can be held liable.
As workouts get more stressful and complex, it’s important that you have proper instruction and supervision. However, gyms and recreation centers will usually require you to sign a document that may waive some of your right to pursue a personal injury claim in the event of an accident.
These waivers are very common. Workout facilities can be dangerous, with heavy objects and many people doing things in a tight environment. Signing a waiver usually means you forgo your right to pursue a claim in the event of a general accident, otherwise known as “assumption of the risk.” Waivers, though, don’t cover all types of injuries.
Gyms and fitness centers will use very broad language in these documents in an effort to cover themselves for a wide range of injuries. It’s important that you read these documents closely and ask an employee to clarify any points you find troubling.
But no matter how ironclad these gyms think the waivers are, they do not get them off the hook in all cases. If your injury was the result of intentional or reckless behavior by a gym employee or another member, you may have a case. If the equipment was knowingly defective and you were injured as a result, you may have a case.
Gyms will likely try to pass the blame in situations such as these. But if your injuries were serious, and you believe you have a case, it’s smart to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Get medical attention first, then talk with an attorney to learn your legal rights.