All businesses open to the public have a duty to keep visitors to the business reasonably safe, or to warn them about dangers that cannot be immediately addressed. In this duty, gyms are no different.
When you’re injured by exercise equipment at the gym, it’s important to keep a few factors in mind. These include:
Understanding Your Gym Waiver
Most gyms ask patrons to sign an injury waiver, which frees the gym of liability if you are injured in a wide range of situations. Typically, these waivers apply to injuries that are suffered from the strain of working out, but they may be broad enough to cover injuries by the equipment as well. Talk to your lawyer about a waiver and what it might mean for your case.
Be Alert for Negligence—or Worse
While a waiver can protect gyms from some types of lawsuits, it can’t absolve a gym of all responsibility toward its patrons and their safety. Negligent, reckless, or intentional misbehavior on the part of a gym can leave patrons with serious injuries. Your attorney can help you inquire into a gym’s practices and policies if it appears the gym’s negligence caused your injury.
Check for Hidden Defects
The gym itself may not be the negligent party, or it may not be the only party whose negligence contributed to your injuries. Hidden defects in gym equipment like treadmills and weight machines can result in serious harm—and neither you nor the gym staff may realize there is a problem until it after an accident has occurred. Defects in manufacturing, design, or warnings may all mean that the equipment’s designer, manufacturer, or distributor is liable.
If you’ve been injured by faulty exercise equipment at your gym, don’t hesitate to talk to an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer can help you deal with insurance company demands, hold negligent parties accountable, and fight for a resolution to your case that meets your needs and resonates with your goals. Contact Lombardi & Lombardi, P.A. for a free consultation.