Claiming Compensation Against an Exercise Class

One of the best ways of keeping fit is to take an exercise class.  The group format is great for motivation, and the format is designed to be more fun than a boring gym session.  Spinning (indoor cycling) classes are brilliant calorie burners, and boxing-type classes not only help you build muscle but they also teach you how to defend yourself.

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However, exercise classes are designed to push you further than you normally would go.  Furthermore, they’re more likely to be led by untrained staff: gym instructors are usually employed by the gym and therefore the owner is under an obligation to make sure they are properly trained.  Fitness class instructors are often freelance, which means they are more likely to have inadequate training.

What accidents are likely in an Exercise Class?

Exercise class members are often injured because they are pushed too hard by an over-eager instructor.  The instructors may not be qualified enough to teach people how to use equipment or do certain exercises.  This can lead to muscle strains and sprains, or even spinal damage.  An instructor may even teach exercises which, according to modern teaching, are known to cause injury.

Can I claim financial compensation against an exercise class?

If you have an accident in an exercise class which is not your fault and instead was caused by the negligence of a third party, then you may have a claim for compensation.  Whom you can claim against will depend on who is responsible: if the accident was caused by defective equipment then it should be the fault of the gym owner.  However, if it was caused by the instructor pushing you too hard or asking you to do exercises which leave you injured, your claim may be against him.

However, even then the gym has a duty of care to customers to ensure the instructors it uses are properly trained.  Therefore, even if the instructor is technically to blame, you may still be able to claim compensation against the gym.  This may be more beneficial because the gym is more likely to have adequate insurance to pay for compensation.

What should I do if I have an accident in an exercise class?

  • Report the accident to the instructor or the gym owner. 
  • Seek medical attention.  The doctor or hospital can prevent any injury from getting worse.  Further, a medical professional can assess how the injuries may affect you for the rest of your life. 
  • Take photographs of your injuries and the place where you were injured.
  • Take details of any bystanders.  They may be able to give evidence in your favour should the case reach court.

You will be able to claim for any expenses incurred as a result of the accident, and for the pain and suffering.  You may even be compensated for anticipated future suffering, and for loss of earnings.

Claiming compensation can be a complicated business.  Contact us at Manners Pimblett and our personal injury specialists can do the hard work for you.

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