Gyms are places where people go to improve their health and physical condition. In 2008, 45.5 million Americans owned gym memberships. Gyms are also often open to non-members who may want to check out the facilities before joining or only want to attend for a day. As a result, gyms are generally open to the public and must make sure that their facility is reasonably safe for anyone to visit.
While gyms owe a duty of care to all members and visitors to not be negligent and keep them relatively safe from any foreseeable injuries, gyms don’t always take the requisite measures to prevent accidents from occurring:
Injuries from Weight Training and Exercise Equipment
- In 2009, 1500 people were treated in the emergency room after being injured on equipment at gyms.
- Between 1990 and 2007, over 970,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for weight training-related injuries.
- From 1990 to 2007, 114 people died from using free weights and weight machines.
- It is estimated that 459,978 people were injured while exercising or using exercise equipment in 2012.
- Exercise equipment causes injuries to approximately 16,500 children between 5 years old and 14 years old annually.
General Gym Accident Statistics
- A study published in 2013 states that there is a rate of 3.1 injuries for every 1,000 hours spent doing CrossFit training.
- Between May 2011 and November 2012, one Salt Lake City hospital treated 52 people who were injured at local jump gyms and required more than one medical visit.
- Every day, there are more than 10,000 people treated in emergency rooms across the country for injuries stemming from sports, recreation, and exercise.
Can an Attorney Help Me to Sue a Gym?
An accident at a gym can result in serious injuries. A personal injury attorney can assist you in obtaining compensation from those who are responsible for the injuries that you sustained from you accident at a gym. Also, an attorney will be able to help defend you against assertions that your own decision to work out at the gym was the reason for your injury.