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Slip/Trip and Fall Injuries at the Gym

Jason Reese

The gym is supposed to be a place we go to get healthy, to feel better, and to make our bodies stronger. Whether you love or hate your hours at the gym, the expectation is that going there is a positive thing for your life. Usually, it is…except when it isn’t.

During this time of year, New Year’s resolutions bring out huge numbers of gym-goers who intend to get in shape. In addition to creating annoyance with regular gym-attendees who have to find off-peak times or wait for equipment during January and February, high levels of traffic at gyms may find health club attendants and employees even busier than normal, increasing the likelihood that facility safety may suffer. This is problematic, given that overlooking the smallest cleanup or maintenance items can result in a slip/trip and fall, and can result in serious injuries, such as head injuries, back injuries, or spinal cord injuries. In cases where the owner’s negligence is responsible for the injuries, they can be found liable under premises liability and required to compensate the victim for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the loss of enjoyment of life.

Common Gym Slip/Trip and Fall Hazards

The two major types of hazards in a gym that are most likely to cause serious slip/trip and fall incidents are floor hazards and equipment hazards. Unsafe floor hazards are fairly common in gyms and can include everything from wet floors outside of showers and in locker rooms to broken floor tiles and torn or worn carpet or turf. Pool areas can also be dangerous, particularly since they can be popular sites for older or more fragile people who have sought out low-impact aquatic activities as most appropriate for their bodies.

Equipment hazards are the other major cause of gym slip/trip and fall accidents. Equipment that has not been returned to its proper location, as well as broken equipment that has not been appropriately removed by maintenance or gym employees, can certainly cause dangerous trip and falls. This is often the case with smaller, handheld weights and their component parts. Much of modern-day gym equipment is electronic in nature, and as such, they usually come with cords and a need for electrical outlets. Cords or wires that are not properly secured or covered can cause unsuspecting gym attendees to trip and fall, causing injury.

Did you slip or trip at a health club/gym or other venue due to the negligence of the property owner to provide a reasonably safe environment? Are you struggling to keep up with the medical bills from an injury sustained due to a slip/trip and fall? Wagner Reese is an Indianapolis-based personal injury law firm with years of experience, and we can help you pursue a case against the establishment responsible for your loss. We do not receive compensation unless we are successful in securing compensation for your injuries. Call us now for a FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440.

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