Yoga is a popular activity that involves various stretches, poses, postures, and other activities. It is often performed in groups, and many facilities such as gyms or recreational centers offer classes. Due to the advanced nature of some of the activities, yoga can be associated with various injuries. These can include:
- Muscle strains or sprains;
- Joint injuries;
- Head, neck, or spine injuries (especially for headstands and other inverted poses);
- Injuries related to overexertion or exhaustion; and/or
- Heat stroke injuries (these can occur for “hot yoga” classes conducted in heated rooms).
In many cases, yoga injuries can occur due to improper instruction or guidance. They can also occur if a person is attempting poses that are beyond their skill level.
Who can be Held Liable for a Yoga Injury or Accident?
As mentioned, yoga injuries can often occur due to improper instruction. In such cases, a yoga instructor, teacher, or guru can sometimes be held liable if they are negligent in their instruction. An example of this is where the instructor fails to acknowledge a student’s injury or medical condition and continues to push them beyond a reasonable level of safety. Another example is where the instructor physically causes an injury, such as when they force or push a student into a pose.
In some instances, a yoga injury may be caused by a defect with a piece of equipment or with a yoga product. In such cases, the manufacturer of the product might be held liable for the injuries under a product liability theory of law.
Lastly, some facilities such as gyms may be held liable for yoga injuries that occur on the premises or during an on-site workout class. An example is where the gym fails to repair a known dangerous condition in the studio.
What are the Legal Remedies in a Yoga Injury Lawsuit?
Yoga injuries or accidents can sometimes be serious, and may require legal action. In these types of lawsuits, the legal remedy will typically be a compensatory damages award. The damages may cover losses like medical costs, hospital bills, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other costs.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with a Yoga Injury Legal Claim?
Yoga injury lawsuits can involve some complex laws. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need representation for a lawsuit. Your attorney can provide you with advice and guidance for your case.