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I Fell at the Gym. Who is Liable?

June 21, 2019

Virginia Beach Slip and Fall Lawyers weigh in on slip and fall injuries at the gym. No one expects to be injured in a slip and fall accident at the gym, but it does happen. Over 4 million people are injured every year due to sports and recreation activities. Proving gym negligence can be difficult, especially if you signed a liability waiver before joining your gym. If you or someone you know sustained an injury while at the gym, you have options.

What Causes Injuries at the Gym

Slip and falls at the gym are often caused by negligent management and equipment that has not been properly maintained. Gym members may be injured in a slip and fall accident due to slippery floors, broken tiles, and other hazards.

Slip and Fall Injuries

There are many injuries that may result from a slip and fall. Some of these injuries include:

  • Back and neck injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Brain injuries, including concussion
  • Wrist sprains or dislocations

What to do After a Slip and Fall at the Gym

After slipping and falling on property that is not your own, there are steps you should take, especially if you are considering filing a claim. After a slip and fall you should:

  • Report the incident to gym staff as soon as it happens. If you wait hours or days, it will be harder to prove that you were injured at the gym. Write down staff members names and job descriptions.
  • Obtain witness testimonies. Collect witnesses’ names and contact information if possible.
  • Take photos. Be sure to take photos of wet floors or broken equipment. An image can tell someone a lot about what happened.
  • Get medical care. Whether you are taken out of the gym by ambulance or drive yourself to the emergency room, be sure to keep track of all your medical records, and medical bills.

Why is it so Hard to Prove Negligence?

Insurance companies may try to argue that you knew that there was a risk that you could get hurt at the gym but chose to join anyway. It may also be hard to prove negligence if your gym had you sign a liability waiver before you joined. Signing a liability waiver gives up your right to hold the gym responsible for any injuries you sustain. Although it is difficult to get around a liability waiver, it is not impossible.

Your lawyer can argue one of two things when it comes to overcome a liability waiver:

  • Vague or Ambiguous Language – Waivers can be purposely difficult to understand. When a waiver is open to interpretation, or when there is imprecise language involved, it becomes unenforceable.
  • Gross Negligence – Written waivers release your gym from any responsibility if you injure yourself working out too much and pulling a muscle. However, gross negligence can be argued when someone’s injury happened because the gym knowingly neglected to mop up a spill or repair broken equipment.

Virginia Beach Slip and Fall Lawyers Represent Clients Hurt at the Gym Due to Negligence

Slip and fall accidents are common and can happen anywhere when you are not expecting it. If you or someone you know sustained an injury as a result of a slip and fall, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact East Coast Trial Lawyers today to arrange a free consultation with an experienced Virginia Beach slip and fall lawyer. We will consider all the facts surrounding your accident to determine if you have a valid premises liability claim. Call 757-352-2237 today or contact us online. We represent clients in Chesapeake, Eastern Shores, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and throughout the state.

Areas We Serve

Our law firm proudly serves clients injured anywhere in Virginia or North Carolina on personal injury claims, including cases with traumatic brain injury, spinal and neck injury, wrongful death, and more serious injuries. As Virginia Beach personal injury attorneys with many years experience, our team of lawyers will be ready to fight for you. If you were injured on the job, our Virginia Beach Workers Compensation lawyers are ready to serve you.

Call 757-352-2237 or fill out the online contact form for a free consultation about your personal injury, workers compensation, or other attorney services. Our firm adopts a team approach to every case, so while one primary lawyer will be assigned to your case, you have the benefit of an experienced team of lawyers, all working on your side. We are located in Virginia Beach, VA, and serve clients who were injured anywhere in Virginia or North Carolina.

301 Bendix Road, Suite 460
Virginia Beach VA 23452
Ph: 757-352-2237 | Fax: 757-994-8910