People all over Richmond go to the gym or other athletic facilities to stay in shape and maintain their health. While somebody may expect to leave the gym with sore muscles after a good workout, nobody expects to be seriously injured. Some of the most common premises liability cases at gyms in Richmond are related to negligently maintained equipment and facilities.
Like in any premises liability case in Virginia, if a proprietor is aware of a hazard and fails to warn an invitee or amend the danger, they may be on the hook for damages such as hospital and doctor bills, loss of earning capacity, and lost wages from missed work. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence while at a gym, it may be wise to get in touch with a seasoned attorney and pursue a lawsuit.
The same as any other premises liability case, in Richmond gym accidents, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant was negligent, that the owner or tenant on the property had a duty to keep their guest safe, and that they violated that duty. A gym has a duty to maintain its equipment in a manner that would not cause injury to their guests, as they are working out. If an owner or manager in Richmond fails to maintain a piece of equipment, and it breaks, leading to a guest’s injury, they may face liability for that gym injury.
Most facilities have adequate notice about appropriate behavior using various types of equipment, which complicates the facility premises liability claim in Virginia a lot. If the injury arises from the misuse of equipment, the plaintiff may be barred from any type of financial recovery.
There are generally posted notices that exercisers are supposed to use the equipment in a specific and safe way. In some rare cases, a victim might be able to make a case that they misused the equipment every day for 30 days in a row, all the gym employees saw it, and no one did anything about it. However, to successfully assign liability to a Richmond proprietor for a gym injury, the injury must overwhelmingly be the fault of that owner or employee.
The machines and equipment at the gym must be properly maintained, and this is often done by employees. Unfortunately, these employees may rush through their maintenance duties or neglect to work on certain machines. Even if the employee was the negligent party, they generally do not have any financial liability in these cases as the owner of the property, the equipment, or the employer will be held liable for these issues. In some other cases, a manufacturer may be liable if there was a defect during the manufacturing process, or the design was inherently and unreasonably dangerous.
The kinds of damages that are able to be sought in gym accidents are the same as most other premises liability cases. You may be eligible to receive money for your medical bills, pain, suffering, and much more. To learn more about premises liability at gyms in Richmond, get in touch with a dedicated lawyer today to schedule a free consultation. Call now.