What Are Common Hazards Seen in a Gym?

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With all the heavy equipment scattered throughout a gym facility, and sharing a common exercise space with others, you must always practice an abundance of care during your workout. Unfortunately, even with diligent care, you may encounter a hazard when you least expect it. Read on to discover the common safety hazards within a gym facility and how a seasoned Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer at White Personal Injury can help in the event of an injury.

What are common safety hazards seen in a gym?

You may pay for a gym membership with the hope that the facility is a safe space to exercise in. While it may seem safe on the surface, there may be safety hazards throughout. Common examples are as follows:

  • You may slip and fall due to potholes and cracks in the facility’s parking lot and sidewalk, respectively, left unpaved or unpatched.
  • You may slip and fall due to slippery floors in the pool area or locker room, left with no “wet floor” signage.
  • You may incur a sprained, bruised, fractured, or broken bone due to a defective piece of equipment, left with no “out of order” signage.
  • You may suffer from heat stroke from a sauna or hot yoga room, left at a higher temperature than the recommended degree.
  • You may get an infection from a piece of equipment or a facility in the locker room, left unsanitized by the gym’s cleaning staff.

Am I able to sue a gym owner for my injuries?

Depending on the circumstances surrounding how you incurred your injuries, it may be possible to file a personal injury claim against a gym owner. That is, you must first confirm that the incident was due to no fault of your own, but rather the negligence of the gym owner.

With this, the gym owner (i.e., the defendant of your case) may claim that you signed a gym membership contract that disclosed an assumption of risk with using the gym facility. And or, they may cite your signed liability waiver that barred your opportunity to take any legal action.

You may respond to these claims by stating that the gym owner exhibited gross negligence in the matter at hand. By definition, gross negligence is the conscious, voluntary act or omission in reckless disregard of a legal duty and of the consequences to you. Ultimately, you may argue that your gym membership contract and/or liability waiver do not cover gross negligence. Therefore, you may still be entitled to financial compensation for your incurred injuries.

For these reasons alone, you must consult with a competent Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer. Our team at White Personal Injury is happy to advise you.

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