Many Illinois residents love to go to gyms and health clubs to exercise. However, exercise and exercise-related injuries that occur at such facilities are common. Even though gyms require you to sign a waiver when you join, you may be able to get compensation for some injuries in spite of that document.
Gyms are responsible for your safety
Wherever you work out, that establishment is responsible for maintaining a safe environment. Safety issues that can lead to premises liability claims if not addressed include maintaining stairs, keeping floors clean of spills and other hazards, and securing loose objects. If an exercise establishment does not maintain safety standards, it can be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result.
Usually, waivers will protect exercise clubs from members who misuse equipment. If you didn’t take that new member orientation or if you disregarded the instructions of a personal trainer, you may have difficulty trying to prove your case. However, if the gym allows members to use defective equipment, or allows weights to fall because of improper storage, or even the property is in general disrepair, you may be able to successfully challenge a waiver as the facility has failed to provide a proper environment.
Pursuing personal injury claims
Personal injury claims can take many forms, so don’t let a liability waiver prevent you from pursuing compensation if you have been injured at a commercial gym. Experienced exercisers generally know how to use equipment and keep themselves safe, while novices need the instruction provided by gym personnel to help them avoid injuries.
Commercial organizations will try to place blame on members for injuries, claiming improper equipment usage. If you find yourself in this situation, gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim that indicates the health club’s negligence.