When you think of a personal injury lawyer, you may only think of automobile accidents which make up a majority of all personal injury cases. At the Law Offices of Matthew Konecky, we not only handle automobile accident cases, but we also handle gym injuries, slip and fall, and other negligent security cases.
Did you know regardless of the contract you signed when you joined your gym, your gym still has a duty to keep you safe? While you waive most of your rights relating to self-induced injuries, there are many other ways in which a gym can be at fault when it comes to an injury. Some examples of claims we've handled related fitness liability claims due to negligence have been:
- Faulty or poorly maintained equipment. This may include frayed cables or cords, broken treadmill parts, or any other hazardous equipment that has not been replaced immediately
- Incorrect setup of equipment. Weights or barbells that are not put together correctly and poor placement of equipment such as staging equipment too close together making safe movement impossible could qualify as negligence.
- No AED (automatic external defibrillator) equipment on site. Not having an AED on-site when someone suffers a heart attack could be grounds for a lawsuit.
- Unsafe premises. Poorly maintained flooring that results in a slip and fall situation, shoddy electrical work, poorly placed furniture or supplies, and other examples of hazardous conditions could justify a personal injury claim.
- Personal trainer negligence. While there is no licensing agency for personal trainers to date, all certified and non-certified trainers are held to a reasonable standard of care. If you are injured as a direct result of your trainer’s instruction, you may have a claim.
If you were injured at the gym and you're not sure if it was your fault, it is best to immediately contact a personal injury lawyer who specializes in gym injuries to look into your legal claim.
Business or property owners often become negligent when it comes to maintaining their property. Any business or public space is responsible for your safety at all times ensuring there are no hazardous environments. Some common slip and fall cases we've seen have been related to:
- Slippery or wet floors or pavement
- Pavement in poor condition with holes, bumps, or cracks
- Broken or poorly built stairs
- Poor interior or exterior lighting
If you're ever in the unfortunate situation where you are the victim of a slip and fall, there are a few immediate steps you can take to ensure the best possible outcome in your case. These steps include:
- Take photos of the place of injury as well as your injuries.
- Get medical attention right away.
- Do not speak with any insurance adjuster until you have spoken with our offices.
- Get names and contact details for any witnesses.
- If possible, file an accident report at the place of business.
- Document what happened and how it happened as soon as possible, while all the details are still fresh in your memory.
- When applicable, save any evidence you can.
If you were injured in a slip in fall in a place such as a gas station, department store, supermarket, government-owned building, hotel, or theme park, it's best to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Not just to prevent slip and falls, but every business has a duty to maintain all aspects of a property to ensure maximum safety and low risk of any potential injury. Businesses such as gas stations or banks that have a high risk of criminal activity must put in proper safety protocols for the general public who use their services. Even your local grocery store has a duty to protect its shoppers by making sure all areas are well-lit, or by having security throughout the store if it may be located in an area with high crime.
If you've been injured in your accident or would like to learn more, download my book 'What the Heck Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?' for FREE or call us right now at (561) 671-5995.