Can I Sue for Negligence if I Am Injured at the Gym?

People go to the gym to improve their health. There are some assumptions of risk, especially if you are just starting out and do not have a handle on how to work out safely. As a result, it is common for people injured at the gym to assume it is entirely their fault and responsibility. However, that is not always the case. In certain situations, if someone is injured at the gym, they may be able to pursue a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the gym’s owner. Even in cases where they have signed a liability waiver, they may still be able to hold the gym or the gym owner liable for damages. 

At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., our attorneys take a team approach to solving our clients’ legal problems. When unsure of your best legal option for covering compensation after being injured at the gym, you can be served by a team of lawyers with in-depth knowledge and experience. Our attorneys help our clients find the best legal avenues to secure maximum compensation. Increase your chances of securing the best possible results for your case by contacting Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. today. 

When Can You Seek Compensation for a Gym Injury?

While it is true that as a gym member, you take on a certain degree of assumption of risk, it is possible for negligence on the part of the gym owner, workers, or management. Gym owners and their insurance companies are quick to use waivers in an effort to dispute or deny legitimate claims. Waivers are used to discourage people from taking legal action after being injured at a gym due to ownership or management negligence. 

However, even after signing a liability wavier, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim for the following types of negligence:

  • Failing to ensure a sanitary environment 
  • Failing to keep locker rooms, restrooms, showers, and equipment clean and free of disease, viruses, and infections
  • Failing to warn members of hidden dangers (broken pieces of flooring, leaks, peeling rugs, etc.)
  • Failing to maintain the premises in reasonably safe conditions
  • Failing to warn members of wet or slippery floors 
  • Improper inspections and maintenance of the gym
  • Gym staff failed to warn members to return equipment to the place it was taken from 
  • Infrequent or inadequate inspections and maintenance of gym machines and equipment
  • Keeping machines too close together increases the chance of accidents 
  • Improperly trained staff

These are a limited number of situations that can lead to personal injury claims or lawsuits against the gym and its owner. If you are unsure if the circumstance causing your injury qualifies as negligence, the best thing to do is contact an attorney who can examine your case and determine the best course of action. 

If you signed a liability waiver before registering for the gym’s membership, it may impact your claim. Liability waivers aim to limit equipment liability and possible negligence. Some waivers may even attempt to provide total immunity from potential lawsuits. However, these clauses may not hold up in court. An attorney examines the liability waiver and determines whether or not you can proceed with suing the gym for damages. 

Talented Personal Injury Lawyer at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C.

While the gym and its insurance may try to deter you from pursuing legal action by using the liability waiver, you signed against you. That waiver may not be enough to protect them. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., we have seen how negligent parties and their insurance companies try to maneuver their way out of paying victims the true value of their claims. Our attorneys protect and fight for our clients’ best interests, regardless of how challenging liable parties want to make it. 

At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., we ensure that our clients’ best interests are at the center of every settlement agreement and verdict. Schedule a consultation today through our contact form or call (215) 822-7575.