Now that the new year has started, many people will be making resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions involves exercising, however, this may mean that the number of accidents during workouts increases in January.
Accidents During Workouts in Gyms
We recently surveyed 1,000 gym members to find out which gym equipment causes the most accidents. Taking the top spots as the two pieces of gym equipment that pose the most danger, with around a quarter of all injuries attributed to each of these types of workout, we have the weight rack (25.4%) and treadmill (25.0%). Both are likely as a result of individuals pushing themselves before they’re ready to progress, highlighting the importance of steady improvement.
Next up, it’s the bikes, which contribute to 17.1% of all gym-related injuries, from strains and sprains to overexertion, while the cross trainer (15.3%) and pull-up bar (15.2%) complete the top five most dangerous pieces of exercise equipment.
If you have an accident in a gym, then you may be able to make an occupier’s liability claim. The owner of the premises should ensure that they put measures in place to avoid accidents like this from happening. They must also follow rules set out in the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 to minimise the risk of accidents happening. If they fail to do this then they may be liable if someone has an accident on their premises.
Accidents During Workouts at Home
If you have an accident whilst working out at home, then making a claim can prove tricky. It may even be the case that you cannot make a claim if you have an accident during a home workout. However, there may be examples where you can make a claim; the main reason being due to faulty home workout equipment.
We know no one expects products to cause injury, but if a product is faulty or malfunctions, then you may be able to make a claim. You may be able to make a claim for a faulty product if there is a fault in the design or manufacture of the product. You may also be able to make a claim if the product was not maintained correctly. This includes accidents on workout equipment that is defective.
All product manufacturers must follow The Consumer Protection Act 1987. It states that people who buy a product may recover any losses caused if it was defective and caused injury. Manufacturers must also make the consumer aware of any risks of the products.
If you have had an accident involving a faulty product, then you may be able to claim compensation. We recommend that you keep the product, or at least a photo of it, and the receipt if you still have it.
How We Can Help
Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes accidents during workouts. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly experts.