New York Gym Accident Injury Lawyer
Gyms are a great place for people seeking to improve their physical health, but these establishments can ironically be sites where serious injuries occur. These are not always the result of pushing one’s body beyond its limits. Negligence, inattention, or blatant disregard of another gym goer or a gym employee are common factors.
Are you suffering from an injury that occurred while you were at the gym? If neglect on the part of another person caused your injury, you might be able to receive compensation for your injury. Compensation can include medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses related to the incident.
The New York personal injury attorneys at Hill & Moin LLP can help you with a personal injury claim involving a gym in New York. You will want a lawyer who understands you and your case. When you have a lawyer with our law firm on your side, you will see that it is “like having a lawyer in the family.”
Call (212) 668-6000 to schedule a free evaluation of your case.
Gym Accidents Have a Variety of Causes
Unfortunately, gym accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. Workout equipment must be adequately maintained to ensure safety. If a malfunction with the equipment occurs, a patron can be severely injured.
Gym equipment includes cables, wires, screws, and bolts. Over time, these components can degrade and wear out. If they break, snap, or come loose, they can collide with the user. This contact can cut or pierce the skin or hit and bruise a body part. A broken piece can even become a projectile and damage an eye.
Certain areas of the gym can also become dangerously slippery. How so? It is common to see clients at a gym using the equipment while trying to stay hydrated. Patrons may keep a bottle of water, an energy drink, or perhaps a protein shake within reaching distance during their workout.
Also, gym goers can become quite sweaty and so they may have a towel near to dry themselves and the equipment. If drinks spill or the towels fall to the floor, another person can easily walk over the wet floor or on a slippery towel, slip, and fall.
The impact of falling on the floor can be even more severe if it is an area of the gym that uses tile instead of some type of carpet or flooring.
In addition to a slip-and-fall, another type of injury that can occur at the gym involves patrons who perhaps push themselves too far physically and cannot maintain control of the equipment they are using. For example, a gym goer may use weights that are perhaps too heavy for him or her to lift or control. Consequently, the person could lose control and even drop the weights.
If someone is passing by or is too close when the user loses control, the weight can land on the passing person’s feet or shins. Depending on the flooring, the weight could bounce off the ground and cause another injury. Broken or fractured bones and limbs could result.
Additional injuries that are common to gym accidents are:
- Torn muscles
- Ligament damage
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Nerve damage
- Traumatic head injuries
- Knee and hip injuries
There may be other injuries that are unique to your accident. It is best that you speak with a personal injury lawyer who is familiar with gym accidents. Such an attorney can assist you in evaluating all your discomfort caused by the accident and help you pursue all the restitution available for your injuries and other damages.
You Can Obtain Fair Compensation After a Gym Accident
Gyms carry insurance policies in the event of accidents with resulting injuries. The insurance agent handling your claim will try to determine to what extent you are responsible for the accident that occurred. Then, the agent will determine how much financial restitution he or she thinks your injuries require.
However, insurance agents often present monetary proposals that are low. Why is that? Insurance companies have the goal of reducing losses and preserving profits. They hope that you will agree to minimal financial compensation.
Thankfully, you can obtain much more fair compensation after a gym accident for your injuries. A lawyer can fight for you to receive an amount that will care for your current financial needs as well as those in the future.
A skilled gym accident injury lawyer can successfully negotiate the damages that your situation requires. The compensation that you can obtain can include the following:
- Current hospitalization medical bills
- Surgeries related to your injuries
- Ambulatory transportation
- Anesthesiologist fees
- Physical therapy
- Property damage
- Lost wages from the time you could not work during recovery
- Future lost income, such as bonuses
- Financial compensation for benefits and commissions
- Pain and suffering (the accident may cause emotional trauma, anxiety, fear, and PTSD)
The costs of gym memberships are notoriously expensive. Yet, even worse are the costs of medical assistance after a severe injury. Get help from a gym accident injury attorney who understands gym accident laws. You can fully recover financially with assistance.
Don’t wonder about your rights! You don’t have to accept a settlement offer that is too low. The attorneys at Hill & Moin LLP can support your efforts to get the full compensation your situation requires.
Steps You Can Take to Help Strengthen Your Case
A personal injury case involving an accident at a gym can be difficult. Responsible parties will likely attempt to avoid or minimize their accountability. Thus, in order to prevent the issue from becoming a matter of your word against theirs, evidence must be presented that clarifies the issue of culpability.
For example, it could be that your injury was the result of the gym failing to provide a hygienic environment. The gym may not have properly maintained its equipment. The area where you were exercising could have been cluttered, causing you to trip and fall. Perhaps there was a lack of warning signs or indications of hazards.
There are actions that you can take that can aid you in building a strong gym accident case. These steps can be used to support your account of what happened so you can receive a just settlement.
Make sure to:
- Report your injury. Immediately inform the gym staff of the injury and file a report.
- Document the accident scene. Take photos or videos of where your accident occurred. Be sure to include close-ups of objects involved. Also, take photos of the wider area, showing a lack of warnings or cautions informing clients of danger.
- See a doctor. Regardless of how minor or unimportant your injuries may seem; it is crucial that you obtain medical attention. This is important for your health because some injuries can develop slowly. Further, medical documentation is an essential component in a strong legal case. Medical documentation can link your injuries to the accident concretely.
- Save all documents. Save medical documentation indicating the severity of your injuries. Also, keep copies of all medical bills and expenses.
- Get witness information. Ask witnesses to the accident for their contact information, including names and phone numbers.
When you take the steps mentioned above, you help your case become firmly built on evidence. This can be key to a favorable outcome in your gym accident injury case and obtaining adequate and fair compensation.
How a Gym Accident Injury Lawyer Can Help You
The National Safety Council (NSC) reported that, in 2021, some 409,224 injuries were caused by exercise equipment. That is more injuries than any other category of sports and recreation. Because of this, gyms could easily be the location of exercise equipment accidents. But you don’t have to deal with your accident claim alone.
With the help of an experienced lawyer, you can ensure your future financial security. Just as using gym equipment properly and with the help of a professional can help prevent injury, with the assistance of a skilled personal injury attorney, you can get the help you need for a successful legal case.
Get Help With Your New York Gym Accident Injury
Gyms are often filled with both workers and clients. Whether because of focusing solely on their fitness or their job, patrons or employees of the gym can be found negligent in living up to their duty of care. As a result, they could hurt themselves and others around them.
The gym equipment could be old, out of date, or not in good repair. Such factors as overcrowded gyms, neglectful people, or equipment disrepair can all be causes of injuries at the gym. If you have been injured at a gym, you can get help to recover financially.
Our personal injury law firm, Hill & Moin LLP, has lawyers who understand thoroughly the complexities of injury cases involving a gym.
Contact a personal injury attorney at (212) 668-6000 to schedule your initial free consultation today to learn about your Personal Injury Recovery SolutionsⓇ.
Don’t wonder about your rights!