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Many of us choose to go to gyms get healthy, stay in shape, and have fun. More than 4 million people in the UK currently hold gym memberships – it’s an important part of our weekly routine.
However, gyms can also be dangerous places containing heavy specialist equipment with moving parts that can cause serious harm or even death. Because of this, it’s essential that strict health and safety rules are followed. Gym staff should receive the correct training to minimise your risk of being injured, and in turn should give you appropriate advice so that you do not hurt yourself when using the machines.
Gyms and fitness centres have a duty to keep you safe while you’re training, so you could make a gym injury compensation claim if you’ve been hurt as a result of:
Instructors providing poor advice on how to exercise on how to exercise or use the equipment
Hazards not being cleared away (e.g. water spills, free weights)
Our specialist personal injury lawyers know how to get you the compensation you deserve if you’ve been injured in a gym or leisure centre. We have years of experience in helping clients after gym accidents and could help you access the rehabilitation you need to make the best recovery you can from your injuries.
Ours is the largest team of personal injury solicitors in the country, helping clients get more than £1 billion in compensation over the last two years.
Your gym injury claim could be made on a No Win No Fee basis*, which means you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. We can also offer you a free initial consultation where we can discuss your gym accident claim and how we might be able to help.
For more information on making a gym injury compensation claim, call us on 0800 056 4110 or contact us today.
When you contact us, you’ll speak to one of our friendly team members, who will talk to you about your injury. This initial consultation is free and from there, we’ll advise you on the best way to take your claim forward.
Contacting Those Responsible For Your Injuries
We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your accident at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for what happened. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure some of your compensation up-front, which can fund private medical care and expenses while your claim is ongoing. These payments, known as interim payments, will be taken out of your final compensation award.
Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from various sources such as witnesses, CCTV and independent medical professionals.
We’ll employ medical professionals to find out how your accident or illness impacted your health and recommend the care you’ll need in the future in order to make the best recovery possible.
Final Settlement & Compensation Awarded
We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.
Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim needs to be decided at court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.
By making a personal injury compensation claim, you can access funds to help cover expenses and any medical treatment you may need.
Every personal injury case is different, so there’s no set amount of compensation you’ll receive. The amount of compensation you’ll get will depend on your circumstances, the severity of your injuries and your chances of making a full recovery.
To work out how much compensation you’re entitled to, we’ll take into account factors such as:
Expenses – including travel expenses to medical appointments, medical equipment and things that help with daily living.
Loss of earnings – to cover any time you’ve had off work and time off you may need in the future. This figure can also cover matters such as not returning to the same role or not being able to return to work.
Pain and suffering – caused by your injury or illness.
Further treatments – to pay for any further surgery or medical procedures you may need after experiencing negligent treatment.
Care costs – to fund home care visits and past and future rehabilitative treatments.
If you’d like to make a compensation claim, contact us to set up a free initial consultation on 0800 056 4110.
You normally have to make a personal injury claim within three years of your accident so you should contact us as soon as possible. By getting in touch with us shortly after your accident, it can make collecting evidence a little easier as there are often fewer problems finding witnesses whose statements we need to support your case.
There are some exceptions to the three year time limit, including:
Claims on behalf of children – these can be made at any point before their 18th birthday. When the child reaches 18, they can make their own claim at any stage up until they turn 21.
Mental capacity – there are no time limits to make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the ability to handle their own case.
Fatal claims – to make a claim on behalf of your loved one, you’ll have three years from the date they died to make a claim. If a post-mortem found that the death was caused by an accident or illness, you have three years from the point where you discovered these findings.
If you would like to make a personal injury claim, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible so we can start work on your case. Call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.
Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.
At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be better options to fund your claim. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.
If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.
Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.
By making a claim with us, you’ll deal with friendly and professional lawyers who’ll take time to get to know you and understand what happened to you. Our solicitors are based across the country and have the knowledge and experience to make a real difference to your life, securing you the compensation you need to move forward.
We handle thousands of successful personal injury claims each year, and have secured more than £1 billion in compensation for our clients over the last two years.
Our lawyers are highly ranked in leading legal guides the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. In 2022, the Legal 500 described us as "a market leader in claimant personal injury work. IM stands out within the field for the specialism within its teams and the excellence of its lawyers throughout."
Chambers & Partners (2022) said: “Irwin Mitchell is truly standout in this area, with quality and depth right across the board."
We’re also proud to have won the Claimant Solicitor of the Year prize at the Rehabilitation First Awards on seven different occasions. This award recognises our key focus on rehabilitation, making sure that our clients can access the care and support they need.
I was very pleased to have the compensation that I got and so relieved that it was all over and I could put it to one side at last"
Karen O'Brien, client
Frequently Asked Questions
What Types Of Accidents Can Happen In A Gym?
A variety of different accidents can happen in gyms and fitness centres and while some injuries can be caused naturally through exercising, gym injuries are not always your fault. Other avoidable factors can also contribute, including:
Water on the floor
Free weights not being stored/put away correctly
Inaccurate advice given by gym staff
Your gym is responsible for keeping you safe while you’re training. If they’ve failed to do this and you’ve been injured as a consequence, you’re entitled to make a compensation claim.
By making a claim, you could receive compensation to help you pay for any medical costs or expenses you’ve incurred because of your injury. For more information on making a gym accident claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.
What Should I Do If I've Been Injured In A Gym Accident?
We always urge you to get in touch with our gym injury solicitors as soon as possible so that we can start investigating your case. We’ll need to collect a variety of evidence to support your claim, so it can be helpful if you get witness contact details and take photos of the gym at the time when the injury happened.
We’re aware that this isn’t always possible, however - your priority will quite understandably be your pain and your immediate wellbeing. If you’ve had a gym accident, we would advise you to seek medical attention straight away. We also suggest that you keep any receipts, prescriptions or medical reports as these can be used as evidence of the impact the accident has had on your life. If you can, take photos of your injury after the accident, and as you recuperate.
When gyms don’t follow safety precautions, they’re failing to complete their duty to protect you. If you think your gym didn’t follow safety procedures, and you were injured as a consequence, we could help you make a claim. For more information contact us today on 0800 056 4110.
What Responsibilities Do Gym Staff Have To Keep Me Safe?
Though there are no gym specific rules to follow, gyms do have to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) in order to keep their members and visitors safe. In order to ensure your safety, gym staff should:
Regularly check all equipment
Monitor hazards such as liquids, mats and free weights
Provide signs to inform you how to use machinery
Always make sure that you have an induction/explanation of how to use equipment by qualified personnel
Issue guidelines on suitable dress codes and ensure that these are followed
Make sure all equipment is wiped down and put away
If you’ve been injured because any of the above factors, you could be able to make a gym accident claim. In order to find out more about making a claim, contact us online and we’ll call you back.
All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.
*To make a No Win No Fee claim, you need to enter into an agreement that's linked to a suitable insurance policy. We'll explain this in more detail before we start your claim.
About Irwin Mitchell
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