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Don't Give Up On Your Injury Claim Just Because You Signed A Waiver At The Gym

by Marilyn Olson

When signing up for a gym, you might notice that you are required to sign a waiver before you are able to own a membership and be able to work out at the gym. You might be concerned about what will happen if you become injured while at the gym. Fortunately, with waivers, they often do not hold up in court and you do not have to lose hope. Contact your personal injury attorney and you may be able to build a solid legal argument for why you should be compensated for your injuries.

Why Waivers Sometimes Don't Matter

Waivers are generally useless to a gym when there is clear evidence that the gym was negligent and that the negligence lead to you becoming injured. This is especially true if you sign a total waiver liability because this type of waiver is often considered to be too broad. 

Waivers that are meant to protect the gym from liability for intentional acts or for negligence also do not hold up in court because they are considered to be against public policy. If you are concerned about a waiver you have signed, make sure to contact a personal injury attorney because they will go over the waiver and will help explain how relevant laws apply to the waiver.

The Assumption of Risk

You will not necessarily be entitled to compensation for every type of injury. This is because the act of working out at a gym is inherently dangerous and carries some risks. For example, when lifting weights, you might pull a muscle and there is nothing a gym can do to prevent this. 

However, the equipment you use should be kept in good condition and should work as expected. The gym should also be kept clean and uncluttered. There should be no obvious hazards such as exposed electrical wiring or sharp objects you might accidentally bump into when working out.

How to Receive Compensation for Your Injuries at the Gym

You will want to detail the exact events that lead to you becoming injured so that you can show how your injuries were the result of negligence on the part of the gym. If you are able to prove negligence, you might then be entitled to compensation for medical expenses resulting from the accident, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An attorney will also be able to help you calculate these damages. 

Reach out to a personal injury attorney near you to learn more.