Many people prefer to buy home fitness equipment rather than pay for monthly gym subscriptions. As all gym equipment must meet minimum design and safety standards, you might feel that the use of spin bikes, running machines or weights benches will be safe. Unfortunately, though, you might be reading this guide on faulty fitness equipment claims because you’ve been injured whilst working out at home.
If your injuries were sustained because of a fault or design flaw or by damaged gym equipment, you may be eligible to pursue a compensation claim. Our advisors offer a no-obligation review of what happened along with free advice. If it looks like you should be compensated, a personal injury solicitor on our team could provide legal representation on a No Win No Fee basis.
To learn more about when a faulty fitness equipment claim might be possible please continue reading. Alternatively, feel free to contact us on 0800 6524 881 if you’d like to discuss your case right away.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make A Faulty Fitness Equipment Injury Claim?
- Common Types Of Fitness Equipment
- Common Reasons For Faulty Fitness Equipment Claims
- Examples Of Injuries Caused By Faulty Fitness Equipment
- How Much Compensation For An Injury From Faulty Fitness Equipment Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support A Faulty Fitness Equipment Compensation Claim
- Time Limits For Faulty Fitness Equipment Injury Claims
- Starting The Compensation Claims Process
If you were injured by faulty fitness equipment, you could claim compensation from the retailer or manufacturer if:
- You were using the equipment for its intended purpose; and
- You sustained an injury whilst using the equipment; and
- Your injuries were caused by a design or manufacturing defect.
If you were injured whilst using fitness equipment in a gym, you might be able to claim compensation if:
- The gym operator (or their staff) were negligent in some way; and
- An accident in the gym occurred as a result; and
- You sustained injuries.
If you believe you have a valid faulty fitness equipment compensation claim, please speak to our team today.
Realistically, you could receive compensation for injuries caused by any type of faulty fitness equipment. Some of the most common types of fitness equipment include:
- Resistance training machines.
- Spin bikes or exercise bikes.
- Weights benches.
- Rowing machines.
- Running machines and treadmills.
- Free weights.
- Step benches.
Don’t worry if the piece of fitness equipment that led to your injuries isn’t listed above, we’ll still review your claim for free.
In this section, we’ve listed a few of the most common reasons why you might be eligible to claim compensation for injuries from faulty/defective fitness equipment. They include:
- Design flaws – for example, if the frame of a weight-lifting machine was not strong enough to support the amount of weight supplied and buckled as a result.
- Manufacturing errors – in this example, you could claim if you’ve been injured by fitness equipment that was designed well but was not built correctly during manufacturing i.e. a gear or safety bolt was missing.
- Poor instructions – inadequate safety labels or usage instructions could also lead to a fitness equipment compensation claim if the omission caused you to become injured.
- Lack of maintenance – gym operators must regularly check their fitness equipment as per the manufacturer’s guidelines and carry out regular maintenance (tightening screws and belts, oiling gears etc).
- Damaged fitness equipment – in a gym, any damaged equipment should be repaired quickly or taken out of service. Failure to do so could lead to a compensation claim if you’re injured by the damaged fitness equipment.
We haven’t listed every single reason why you could claim for injuries caused by faulty fitness equipment so if you would like to clarify your options, please get in touch.
You could be compensated for any injury caused by a faulty piece of fitness equipment. Some of the most common injuries that lead to claims include:
- Cuts and lacerations.
- Tendon, ligament and muscle sprains, strains and tears.
- Eye injuries.
- Back injuries.
- Broken bones.
- Electric shocks.
- Crush injuries.
If you’d like us to check whether you might be eligible to claim for a gym or fitness equipment-related injury, please contact us today.
When you claim compensation for any type of personal injury from faulty fitness equipment, the defendant’s insurers may try to settle the claim early. While this might seem appealing, you should check any settlement offer carefully to ensure it covers any suffering you’ve already endured and any problems that might occur in the future.
The following list includes some of the things you should consider if you do go on to make a faulty fitness equipment claim:
- Your physical injuries and the suffering they’ve caused.
- Any psychological harm such as distress, PTSD or anxiety.
- The time invested in caring for you by someone else during your injury.
- Any income you’ve lost.
- Loss of amenity i.e. any negative impact on your everyday hobbies and activities.
- The cost of replacing damaged personal property.
- Travel expenses.
- Medical expenses such as the cost of physiotherapy.
- Future reductions in earnings for longer-term injuries.
- Home and vehicle modifications to help you deal with any ongoing injury or disability.
If you work with one of our personal injury solicitors, they’ll review everything in detail with you before the claim is filed to try and secure the correct level of compensation.
Every personal injury claim is unique so it is not possible to say exactly what settlement you could get until your claim has been assessed properly. However, our compensation calculator will give you an indication of how much compensation could be paid for certain injuries:
If you have been injured by faulty fitness equipment and would like to discuss with a personal injury solicitor potential compensation payouts, please contact us today.
General damages is the element of your claim that covers your physical and mental suffering. To prove the extent of your injuries, you might need to have an independent medical assessment. Your solicitor will arrange this for you as locally as possible and it’s nothing to worry about.
During the appointment, a medical expert will examine your injuries and review your medical notes. They’ll then ask some questions about how you’ve suffered. Once they’ve got enough information, a report will be filed to explain your prognosis and your solicitor will use this report to help determine how much compensation for an injury from faulty fitness equipment you may be entitled to.
To improve your chances of being compensated for your injuries, you’ll need evidence to show what caused your injuries, who was to blame and the impact your injuries have had on your life.
Therefore, your solicitor will work with you to obtain as much of the following as possible:
- Medical records – a key part of any claim. X-rays and medical notes can be requested from your doctor or the hospital where your injuries were diagnosed.
- Photographs – where possible, photographs of any faults or defects in the fitness equipment should be taken as soon as possible. CCTV footage could also be useful if you were injured in a gym.
- Product documentation and packaging – these can help establish whether any inaccurate information or advice was provided and/or whether the manufacturer of the fitness equipment failed to comply with safety legislation.
- Witness statements – if your accident was seen by others, your solicitor might contact them to ask for a statement about what happened.
- Independent expert reports – for manufacturing or design defects, your solicitor may need to ask a third party to assess the safety of the product you were injured by.
- Accident report forms – if your accident occurred in a gym, you are entitled to a copy of the accident report form. This is useful because it will confirm the date, time and location of your accident.
- Financial records – As we’ve shown, you may be able to recoup any out-of-pocket expenses linked to your injuries. Therefore, try to remember to keep any relevant receipts, wage slips or bank statements.
For a free review of any supporting evidence you’ve already secured, please get in touch with our team.
You have 3-years to make any type of personal injury claim in the UK. For fitness equipment injury claims, this will usually begin from the date you sustained the injury.
It’s usually better to start the claims process early if your injuries lead to financial suffering. That’s because you may be able to claim interim payments to help reduce the impact of lost earnings or medical expenses. Also, starting the claim as early as you should make it easier to secure evidence.
We’re ready to help if you’ve been injured by faulty fitness equipment so call us on 0800 6524 881 to get the process started. Whatever you decide to do, we’ll review your claim and provide free advice with no obligation.
Remember, if you decide to proceed and one of our specialist solicitors agrees to represent you, there won’t be any upfront legal fees. You’ll only pay your solicitor if they manage to secure a compensation payout on your behalf.
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