Gym and sports facilities personal injury solicitors near you.
If you have suffered an injury that was someone else’s fault whilst using a gym or sports facility, it is likely you will be entitled to claim for personal injury compensation.
MG Legal has a team of specialist personal injury solicitors who will be happy to help you make a claim for personal injury on a no win no fee basis.
What are the most common incidents causing personal injury in gym and sports facilities?
Many people visit the gym or a sports facility in order to get healthier, fitter or for fun and whilst sporting injuries do occur, this does not detract from the fact that the people responsible for the gym or sports facility owe all guests, whether members, participants or spectators a duty of care to ensure they are reasonably safe.
A recent survey by a large insurance company found that 41% of gym-goers had injured themselves whilst working out at some point, with 5% of people surveyed saying that they had never been shown how to use gym equipment properly. When A&E attendance was surveyed, it was found that 34% of all running injuries occurred on a treadmill. Common faults or acts of negligence which can lead to injury occurring in gyms and sports facilities include:
• Faulty equipment breaking or working improperly;
• Equipment being incorrectly set up for the purpose eg. Netting, exercise
bikes or weightlifting benches;
• Providing insufficient, or incorrect, advice on how to use the equipment
• Providing insufficient, or incorrect, advice on techniques eg. Weightlifting
or exercise movements;
• Failure to tidy away equipment or leaving items in the vicinity of other
activities, causing trip and slip hazards;
• Failure to clean up spills of liquid, particularly from wooden or laminate
• Being hit by falling items which have been incorrectly stored or packed
• Lacerations from dangerous/sharp edges on equipment or dividing
• Inadequate instruction or safety features in relaxation areas such as
Gyms are more popular than ever. With the increased use, comes the inherent risk of more people suffering a personal injury, with more people being at risk of having an accident in the gym, and causing a personal injury to themselves, or another person. Gyms are full of equipment, from running machines, to cross-trainers, and bench- pressing equipment, often laden with heavy weights. If these machines are not maintained properly or handled incorrectly, it can result in serious injuries to the person using them.
If you have been involved in an incident described above, or in any other type of incident where you have sustained injury in a gym or sports facility, get in touch with MG Legal’s team of specialist personal injury solicitors for a no-nonsense discussion about the potential for you to make a claim for personal injury, on a no win no fee basis.
How does a gym injury claim work?
When you enter a gym or sports facility as a customer or spectator, you are deemed to be an invited visitor and so you are owed a duty of care under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957. It is up to the owner, also known as the occupier, of the gym or sports facility to ensure that it is well maintained, that staff give the correct instructions, regular cleaning and inspections are performed and that equipment is assembled, disassembled and packed away in a safe manner.
If you suffer a personal injury due to any failing on the part of the owner of the gym or sports facility, you will be able to bring a claim for personal injury under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957. MG Legal’s specialist personal injury solicitors are highly experienced at handling claims of this type and we will work with you at every step to ensure you are aware of what is happening in your claim and how we are working to progress it to a successful conclusion.
Once liability, the legal term for fault, is established your specialist solicitor will arrange for you to see a suitable medical expert in your local area to prepare a report summarising your injuries. Using this report and any other evidence, such as photographs of any bruising or scarring, MG Legal will ensure that you have the best chance to recover maximum compensation for your injuries. As part of our service, we will of course ensure that any other expenses are also included such as lost earnings, treatment cost, care costs or damages or lost clothing and other possessions. Our aim is to ensure that you are not one penny worse off financially than before you accident happened and to secure you the best possible award in compensation for your injuries.
What types of injuries happen in the gym?
One of the most common injuries to occur in the gym is injury to the back from lifting, bars, weights, and using gym equipment inncorrectly as a result of not being shown how to use the equipment. However, as there are such a wide variety of activities, there are many types of injury commonly sustained and there is no type of injury that is acceptable if it has been caused by the negligence of the gym or sports facility.
Common injuries can include:
• Back injuries, including slipped discs
• Shoulder injuries
• Head injuries from falling items or equipment
• Wrist injuries from falls and also from improperly used or assembled equipment
• Broken ankles
• Facial and dental injuries
• Foot injuries, both crush injuries and muscular strains
• Tendon injuries, particularly Achilles tendons
• Hamstring injuries
• Hernias from poorly instructed lifting technique or being encouraged to lift too
• Hand and finger injuries including crush injuries
• Cuts, laceration and scarring
Whatever type of injury you have suffered, speak to one of MG Legal’s personal
injury experts for a straight to the point discussion about how we can help you
and getting your claim started straight away, all on a no win no fee basis with no
financial risk to you.
How do I help my claim for personal injury from a gym or sports facility?
Firstly, if you sustain injury ensure that you see medical assistance for any serious or life-threatening injury. Provided you feel able to do so, it often helps to take photographs or a short video of the item or hazard which has caused your injury. If any other people have witnessed the incident and they are willing to do so, take their name and address as witnesses and your solicitor at MG Legal will contact them to assist in supporting your claim. Ensure that the incident is recorded in an accident book and make certain that any version of events written down by other people is accurate before you sign a report form or accident book entry. Also ask that any CCTV footage of the incident is saved as this is often key evidence in any claim. If in doubt about your injuries seek medical attention and your medical records can be obtained later for provision to an expert to evidence your injuries. After doing all of this, all that your expert personal injury solicitor at MG Legal will ask of you is that you respond to any request for information or instruction and that you attend any appointments made for you, such as your medical expert’s assessment. This means that we can get on with making your claim and getting it to a successful conclusion, whilst recovering the maximum possible award for your injuries.
Why choose MG Legal for my fork lift truck personal injury claim?
At MG Legal, each solicitor takes a personal interest in each case and we have a dedicated department dealing with personal injury claims occurring in the workplace or in public. Our team is well versed in the ‘small-print’ within the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 or the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 for employees, as well as having extensive experience of dealing with all types of injury and settling claims successfully at all stages of the process. We are not afraid of a denial of liability and our success rate, which exceeds 99%, is testament to the fact that when we take a claim on, your claim really does have the best chance of success at every step. We believe that our confidence in our own ability is demonstrated by the fact that every personal injury claim we accept is on the basis of a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as a no win no fee agreement, which means that if we do not succeed for our client, we do not get paid for our work.
How long have I got to make a claim?
Subject to the Limitation Act 1980, if you have been injured as a result of an incident in a gym or sports facility you have three years to pursue a claim for personal injury. There are exceptions, for those under 18 years old at time of the injury, in that minors have three years from their 18th birthday within which to make a personal injury claim. Time limits may differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney. If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact one of MG Legal’s personal injury experts, here…
What if I have signed a waiver, preventing me bringing a claim for personal injury?
Some unscrupulous gym memberships contain waivers, hidden away in the small print, protecting the gym in the event that you suffer a personal injury whilst on the premises, or using the gym equipment made available to you. As trusted expert personal injury solicitor’s MG Legal’s team can still advise you on making a claim for personal injury against the gym, as the practice of adding such waivers has been deemed unfair, and unenforceable in the county court. As with entering any premises, the gym owner has a legal duty to keep you safe, and a major part of running a gym includes putting reasonable safety measures in place to prevent accidents happening.
If you feel your accident was caused due to negligence, faulty equipment or inadequate training, contact a specialist personal injury solicitor at MG Legal to determine whether you have a strong accident case. Most gyms will have some sort of liability insurance and the compensation will be handled by the insurance company and not the gym, so don't be worried about bringing a claim for personal injury against the gym, or sports facility- they won't take it personally.
Why choose MG Legal for my gym or sports facility personal injury compensation claim?
At MG Legal, each solicitor takes a personal interest in each case and we have a dedicated department dealing with personal injury claims occurring in public places such as gyms and sports facilities. Our team is well versed in the ‘small-print’ within the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 as well as having extensive experience of dealing with all types of injury and settling claims successfully at all stages of the process.
Whilst it is highly unlikely that your claim will run all the way to Court, the vast majority settle without the need for Court proceedings at all, we are not afraid of a denial of liability and our success rate, which exceeds 99%, is testament to the fact that when we take a claim on, we explore every avenue of argument and employ every negotiating tactic learned throughout lengthy careers in the field of personal injury to ensure your claim really does have the best chance of success at every step.
We believe that our confidence in our own ability is demonstrated by the fact that every personal injury claim we accept is on the basis of a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as a no win no fee agreement, which means that if we do not succeed for our client, we do not get paid for our work.