Millions of Americans regularly go to the gym. While gyms can provide excellent places for exercise in maintaining health, there are times when injuries occur. If you or a loved one have been injured at the gym, you may wonder whether or not you can file a premises liability lawsuit against the operators. Much of this will depend on how the injury occurred and whether or not the operators were negligent in any way. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our premises liability lawyers in Everett want to discuss this scenario and how we may be able to help you secure the compensation you deserve.
What are some common causes of gym injuries?
There are various ways that a person can sustain an injury at the gym. This includes:
- Defective equipment
- Failure to maintain gym equipment
- Unsafe conditions at the gym
- Slip and fall incidents
- Gym employee negligence
What are the most common injuries that occur at the gym?
Some of the most common injuries that can occur in the gym include the following:
- Head injuries
- Back in spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Hip fractures
In the Everett, WA area, there are many gyms that our residents go to on a daily basis, including: Planet Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, PEAK Health & Fitness, Emerald City Athletics, Emerge Fitness, LA Fitness, Columbia Athletic Club, CrossFit Everett, and more.
Can the gym owner or operator be held liable?
In order to prevent injury claims and lawsuits, many gyms require members to sign waivers of liability. In many cases, these waivers are buried in the initial contract that gym members sign and they may not even realize they have agreed to waive liability in the event they are injured. However, depending on the language of the liability waiver and the specific causes of the injuries, it may still be possible to file a lawsuit against the gym owners or operators when an injury occurs.
In many cases, injury liability waivers will not cover injuries that occur to gym patrons that are caused by negligence. Gym owners and operators, along with their employees, have a duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment for patrons. If they fail to do so, or if a gym owner/employee knows of a hazard but does not fix the problem or fails to warn of its dangers, they could be held liable in the event a patron is injured.
Let us help you with this case
If you or somebody you care about has been injured at the gym, contact an attorney immediately. You may be entitled to compensation if the gym owner or operator’s negligence caused your injury. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we are ready to investigate your case in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to. This could include:
- All gym accident-related medical bills
- Lost wages and benefits if you miss work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages if the gym owner was grossly negligent