With the holiday season behind us, many of us will be getting back to work and our usual routines. In addition, one of the more common New Year’s resolutions that many people have is to lose weight, which often involves a starting a new exercise regimen. While this is almost always a healthy and positive decision, physical activity can also increase a person’s risk of being injured in an accident. This is particularly true in situations where a person is unfamiliar with a particular activity, such going to a gym or being involved in fitness classes. People who sustain injury in these environments may be able to recover compensation, and should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
A commercial gym or fitness class provides many opportunities for a person to injure themselves. While the legal doctrine of “assumption of the risk” shields gyms and trainers from some liability, they are not immune from being sued for injuries that are caused by negligence or recklessness. Some common ways that a person may sustain an injury in a gym or when working with a fitness professional include the following:
- Broken equipment
- Defectively manufactured equipment
- Working with a trainer that misrepresents his or her qualifications
- Sustaining an injury caused by the negligence of another patron
- Failure to warn regarding dangerous conditions
While many gyms and trainers may require that you sign a waiver, this will not necessarily mean that you are unable to sue for your injuries. Each case is different, and it is important to have the circumstances of your case reviewed by an experienced personal injury attorney.
Contact a Newnan personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a gym or while working with a fitness professional, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping the victims of negligence recover for their injuries, and work hard to get each client we represent the best possible outcome in his or her case. We are here to help you get your life back on track. To schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled personal injury lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.