Going to the gym is a great way to relieve stress and maintain physical fitness. However, if gym owners fail to maintain their equipment or purchase faulty equipment, a routine trip to the gym could result in serious injuries.
Claims against gyms can be challenging since many require you to sign a liability waiver before using their facilities and equipment. However, a court can still hold a gym responsible for gross negligence or intentional harm.
Can You File a Lawsuit If You Were Injured Using Defective Gym Equipment?
Injured victims can file a personal injury lawsuit for financial compensation. If you sustained an injury in a gym-related accident, you might be able to recover damages for the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
- Punitive damages
After being injured at a gym, you may not immediately know the cause or who was responsible for the injury. There may even be multiple causes that require investigation to determine liable parties so that you can get compensation. Below are several common causes of gym equipment injuries:
- Dangerously designed equipment
- Improperly manufactured equipment
- Equipment was not assembled properly
- Equipment was not properly maintained
- Appropriate instructions for use or danger warnings not displayed for equipment
Following the injury, you may be able to pursue a claim against the equipment manufacturer, the seller of the equipment, or the gym facility company if the injury resulted from gross negligence by any of the above parties.
Gross Negligence Defined
Liability waivers protect most gyms from innocent mistakes. However, if the gym or its employees threw caution to the wind and neglected their duties to keep their customers safe, it may be a case of gross negligence.
Negligence, in this case, means that the gym had a duty to carry out and failed to carry out that duty, resulting in a person being harmed. Gross negligence takes this concept a step further. Gross negligence is when a person knows and understands their duty to perform yet chooses not to.
An example of gross negligence is a gym employee noticing that a piece of equipment is too worn or damaged to be used safely yet does nothing to prevent it from injuring a customer. Gross negligence shows inherent wrongdoing and fault, where negligence could be a mistake.
Contact Our Board-Certified Florida Personal Injury Lawyers
Suffering from injuries sustained on faulty gym equipment can be stressful and painful. If you or a loved one is a victim of a gym-related injury, Baker Legal Team can help. Attorney Robert Baker is an experienced and trustworthy personal injury lawyer with experience handling complex claims and helping victims receive the compensation they deserve.
With an impressive 30 years of experience representing clients in South Florida, Baker Legal Team has dealt with every different type of personal injury case and knows the particulars of Florida law. Complete our online contact form or call us at (561) 320-0000 today to set up a free consultation.