Who Can Be Held Responsible For Gym Injuries Sustained While Using A Treadmill?
You may have been injured at the gym or know someone who sustained a sports injury while lifting weights or using exercises machines such as a treadmill. Gym injuries are quite common, and the injured is not always to blame for his or her own injury at the gym.
“How can this be so?” you may be wondering. Let our Dallas sports injury attorney from Law Offices Of Dorothy Hyde explain. While treadmills and other exercise machines at your gym are definitely good for you, improper use of these machines, overuse, electronic malfunctioning or defects in the gym equipment put you at risk of injury at the gym.
Believe it or not, injuries sustained due to a treadmill’s improper functioning in the middle of your run is not necessarily a sign that you are having a “bad day.” This is a clear sign that someone must be held responsible for the accident and compensate for your medical expenses, loss of income, and other damages.
Fact: About 25,000 Americans get injured while using treadmills every year.
Who can be held liable for gym injuries?
Out of all exercise machines commonly found at the gym, treadmills are considered to be the most dangerous ones, as they cause more injuries than any other exercise equipment, including but not limited to elliptical machines, stationary bikes, and stair climbers.
Our experienced sports injury lawyer in Dallas says that the vast majority of injuries sustained at the gym are preventable and occur due to the negligence or recklessness of one or more of the following parties:
- The gym-goer who was using the machine
- Another gym-goer
- The gym and its owner
- Facility manager or supervisor
- Personal trainer
- Equipment manufacturer.
Why do treadmill injuries occur at the gym?
Treadmill accidents and injuries occur for many reasons. One of the most common causes of treadmill injuries are:
- Electronic malfunctioning
- Improper maintenance and inspection of the equipment
- Inadequate supervision and/or training
- Failure to warn of defects or other hazards associated with the equipment and/or property
- Failure to properly guard with safety mechanisms; and
- User error.
In fact, you may be surprised how many gyms and fitness centers in Dallas and all across Texas underestimate the importance of instructing and training their members and staff (fitness trainers and supervisors) on the correct form and proper use of exercise machines.
In addition to that, many fitness trainers fail to stay up to date with new versions and equipment modifications. In other words, they are incapable of maintaining advanced exercise machines and/or training their clients to use the gym equipment properly and in a way that helps avoid a sports injury.
Not every gym-goer has a right to sue the gym for injury
However, just because you were injured at the gym while using a treadmill or other exercise machine, it does not necessarily entitle you to seek compensation. Not all gym-related accidents arise out of negligence or recklessness on the part of gym management and staff.
In fact, you may be surprised how many gyms and fitness centers in Texas are immune from liability in the event of gym-related accidents. Some gyms are notorious for denying personal injury settlements filed by their customers holding gym membership, while others put fine-print clauses in the contract signed between the gym and the customer warning the latter that they will not be able to sue them in the event of a sports injury sustained at the gym.
Get a free consultation from ourDallas sports injury attorney to find out whether or not your gym is one of those notorious ones who deny legitimate personal injury claims from their customers and/or includes unfair fine-print clauses in contracts.
Get a free case evaluation from our lawyers at Law Offices Of Dorothy Hyde. Call at 214-883-1700 today.