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Sometimes you can sue a gym if you get injured on the premises. What kind of injury you received can have a big difference in how you build your case though. Our Westchester County slip and fall accident attorneys can help you. Once we hear all about your situation, we can figure out the best way to hold any liable parties accountable for the damages they have caused.

What Kind of Injury Could I Sue a Gym For?

You can sometimes hurt yourself at the gym and have no one to blame but yourself. Overdoing it on one or more exercises can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time, so you have to be careful. Sometimes you can do everything right and still get hurt due to the neglect or actions of the gym’s employees or owner though. That is when you should consider suing for compensation.

People can easily get hurt at a gym if the premises are not well taken care of. Common hazards include:

  • Wet and slippery floors
  • Poorly lit areas
  • Walkways covered in debris or equipment
  • Unqualified instructors who use unsafe techniques
  • Damaged flooring that can cause falls
  • Malfunctioning or defective equipment

A facility that does not deal with such hazards should be held responsible when someone gets injured.

What If I Signed a Waiver?

Some people think that they do not have the option to sue because they signed a waiver when they signed up. However, most of these waivers do not really stand up to legal scrutiny. They also do not cover many types of injuries, including those caused by employee or owner negligence. So even if you signed a waiver, you still may have a case if you got injured due to a defective piece of gym equipment or a slip and fall.

What Should I Do After I Get Injured at a Gym?

After you get injured at a gym, take a picture of the accident scene. Whether it was a slippery puddle or a piece of gym equipment that caused your injury, you will want photo evidence of it.

Then you should get medical care right away. Putting off medical care can be a bad idea because it can be difficult to tell how injured you are immediately in the aftermath of an accident. The other side might also try to use that against you in a personal injury case. If you did not get medical care right away, they might say, then your injuries could not have been too serious.

What Should Compensation From a Gym Injury Cover?

Your compensation should cover your medical bills, but it also needs to address the time you had to take off from work and any mental anguish you experienced. Lost wages and reimbursement for any pain and suffering should be part of any fair and reasonable compensation offer.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you plan to pursue damages in a personal injury case, you do not have to go it alone. Contact Hausman & Pendzick to schedule a consultation. We can tell you more about your legal options and the potential value of your case.