Injuries at Unsafe Gyms in New Jersey
NJ Gym Accident Injury Attorneys
Gym injuries can affect fitness buffs and newcomers alike, from crossfit gurus to New Years’ resolution rookies. One study found that there are 3.1 injuries for every 1,000 hours spent in crossfit training. Yet another study found that between 1990 and 2007, close to a million people went to the emergency room as a result of injuries sustained during weight training. These numbers do not capture hairline fractures, sprains, pulled muscles, and progressive back injuries that may be caused by using exercise equipment or taking a class at the gym, or by engaging in newer “muscle-confusion” type exercises at a UFC or crossfit gym.
Some of these injuries are attributable to poor form, pushing your body too hard, or other self-inflicted errors, but other injuries stem from the negligence of gym owners or equipment manufacturers. In fact, many people in New Jersey are seriously injured in accidents at the gym due to lack of safety precautions, malfunctioning equipment, and other failures on the part of an unsafe health club. You only have a limited period of time after being injured at a gym to file a claim, so it is advisable to seek knowledgeable legal counsel as soon as possible. Your attorney will need to use all the time available to investigate your case and develop the best claim to maximize your potential for recovering compensation. Contact us to further explore your legal options with help from an experienced New Jersey Gym Accident Injury Attorney.
Accidents & Injuries Caused by Gym Safety Hazards
Infections from Unsanitary Conditions at the Gym
Everyone knows that they should wear sandals or slides in the shower at the gym to avoid athlete’s foot and other conditions but sometimes, it is simply not your fault that you contracted an infection. Gym owners and their staff may cut corners in properly cleaning showers or gym equipment, which can allow dangerous bacteria to develop. Being exposed to bacteria may lead to serious infections. MRSA is one particularly serious type of infection that you can get from certain gyms, and the growth of dangerous bacteria can be exacerbated by negligent sanitation practices at the gym. If you develop a serious infection after going to the gym, you may be able to recover money damages through a negligence claim.
Slip and Fall Injuries at the Gym
Gym owners should frequently clean floors and equipment throughout the gym, but this can sometimes result in hazardously slippery surfaces. If the gym fails to dry the area near free weights, fails to put up “wet floor” signs, or leaves standing water near electrical cords, you can suffer serious injury as a result. If you slip and fall or are similarly injured as a result of hazardous conditions at the gym, you may have an injury claim against the owner or chain.
Malfunctioning Gym Equipment
As anyone who has set up a home gym can attest, it can be difficult to assemble gym equipment. Gyms are supposed to employ trained professionals to assemble cardio equipment, squat or power racks, strength-training machines, and the like. If these machines are set up improperly, heavy weights can fall on you, your appendages may get caught in moving machinery, and you may otherwise suffer serious injury as a result. If a gym has negligently assembled equipment, a machine malfunctions, equipment is improperly maintained, or the owner purchased dangerous or defective equipment, you may have a legal claim. Depending on the circumstances, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the owner of the health club or the equipment manufacturer.
Injuries Caused by Unqualified Trainers
Many gyms offer personal training sessions, crossfit coaching, and other types of one-one-one or small group instruction. Personal trainers should normally be licensed or otherwise trained in accordance with New Jersey law. Unfortunately, gyms sometimes hire under-qualified, inexperienced, or unlicensed trainers who teach gym members incorrect form, push them beyond safe limits, and sometimes even directly injure their students. Gym owners and or national health club chains can be held accountable for improperly hiring or supervising personal trainers who cause such injury. Getting legal help after a trainer at the gym injures you is essential, as the legal liability varies depending on the facts of the specific case.
Injured at a Gym in NJ, What Should I do?
If you suffer injuries at an unsafe gym, are injured in a sports accident, or have otherwise been harmed by the negligence of a health club, you should be aware of your rights and legal options. Consult an experienced New Jersey Gym Accident Lawyer at our firm to discuss your potential eligibility for a personal injury lawsuit. Our attorneys represent victims of gym and sports accident injuries in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Mercer, Atlantic County, and throughout NJ. Call 732-303-7857 or contact us online for a free consultation. A member of our team is available immediately to assist you.