Across the Washington D.C metropolitan area, many individuals follow a healthy and active lifestyle. For those who go to the gym on a daily basis, a gym-related injury can obviously occur at any time. This can mean any type of physical injury from lifting heavy weights or performing improper workout form or techniques.
But, there are specific cases where a gym or fitness center can be liable for your injuries. It’s a requirement for gyms and fitness centers to keep their members and visitors safe. When they fail to meet these expectations, there could be serious consequences from the damages. So, how exactly do these cases work in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area?
When someone visits a fitness center, they are often aware of the risk of using their equipment and services. However, the majority of these injuries that these members experience are not caused by the gym itself and therefore, cannot go forward in taking legal action. For instance, if you pull a muscle at a gym while using equipment, twist your ankle, or break a bone, you will not be eligible for any compensation. This is because members and guests are asked to sign liability waivers, protecting the fitness facilities from most potential claims. While the injuries caused by gym accidents can vary incredibly, there are some injuries that occur more often than others:
All business and property owners owe a duty to their customers and visitors to keep their premises safe from any harm. Gyms are no exception to this rule. Reasonable measures are required to be taken to ensure the safety of their facility by regularly inspecting it for potential hazards and fixing them as soon as possible. If the gym owner knew about any dangers or should have been aware of it, they may be held liable for anything that resulted in any injuries from those dangers. In Washington, D.C., § 47–2853.195.: Fiduciary duties of a property manager covers all the responsibilities that need to be taken as a property owner or manager.
Many health and fitness club owners try their best to limit their liability for any injuries. To prevent this from happening, they generally require members and visitors of the facility to sign a liability waiver. This document states that the guest or member waives their right to sue the gym for any injuries.
Here are a few ways your attorney may use to fight against the liability waiver you may have signed:
All in all, it is very unlikely to file a lawsuit against the gym for any personal accidents. For example, a pulled muscle, or an injury due to improper use of the gym equipment. If your injuries are caused by an accident in occurrence of the negligence of the gym staff or owners, it is possible to pursue a claim. A property owner can be held liable for the damages of an accident caused by their negligence regardless of the liability waiver. With every lawsuit involving premises liability, there must be proof that the following was present in your case:
In addition, it is highly crucial that you gather all the evidence you can to support your claims. This can include photographs, medical records, security cameras, or eyewitness testimonies. Regardless of the evidence you collect, it is extremely important that you report your incident as soon as possible. If you wait too long to report your accident, your claims of liability will most likely be denied.
The best way to see if you are able to pursue a claim against a gym is to speak with an experienced attorney. Here at Malloy Law Offices, LLC our consultations are free. Our lawyers have years of experience of handling premises liability cases. Moreover, they will guide you through every step of the way with your gym-related injury case. Call us at (888) 607-8690 to start your case.