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Injuries at a Virginia Gym – Can You Sue a Gym for Faulty Equipment?

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Injuries at a Virginia Gym – Can You Sue a Gym for Faulty Equipment?

If you work too hard at the gym and sprain a muscle, you won’t have much luck suing the gym. However, when faulty or poorly maintained equipment is to blame for injuries at a Virginia gym, you may have grounds to sue the gym or the manufacturer of the equipment.

There are some obstacles from the outset. If you become injured at a gym, it’s not worth considering a lawsuit against a gym unless your injuries are serious. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we have a long track record in helping clients who are hurt at a business. These cases are called premises liability cases. They are often complicated and hard fought. If you suffer a sprain, it’s not usually worth pursuing legal action. If you break a bone or suffer a head or serious back injury, you should talk to a premises liability lawyer.

Injuries at a Virginia gym - when you can sue

Even if you suffer a serious injury, you have to ask yourself if the gym is liable. Some pertinent factors to consider with injuries at a Virginia gym are:

1 Waivers

Gyms may attempt to duck liability by getting you to sign a liability waiver that will prevent you filing a lawsuit. You should not assume your signature will prevent you from taking legal action. Recently, we have seen a surge of injuries at trampoline parks. The parks have sought to cover themselves by getting users to sign waivers.

A piece of paper will not protect a business owner if conditions at the facility are dangerous. A gym's waiver may seek to limit liability for injuries related to equipment but it will not cover instances where the gym failed to maintain its equipment properly or knew equipment was faulty and but failed to fix it.

2 The Seriousness of the Gym Defect

Some piece of equipment at the gym are fundamentally dangerous. If you are exercising too hard, fall off a treadmill and suffer a head injury, the gym can’t be held liable. Virginia has a contributory negligence doctrine that finds if you are even 1 percent responsible for your injury, you will not be able to make a recovery.

However, lawsuits based on equipment defect can include:

1 Design Defects

If a piece of equipment is poorly designed and dangerous, users who are injured may have grounds to being a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. The gym could be liable if it had knowledge of the defect.

2 Manufacturing Defects

You also may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit if the manufacturer departed from the intended design or made an omission. If, for example, a bolt was missing and the arm of a machine hurt a user, he or she would have grounds to sue the manufacturer.

3 Defects in Maintenance

If a gym fails to act on a known problem with a machine or fails to properly maintain gym equipment, causing injury, it could be held liable.

4 Defects in Warnings

If the piece of equipment The equipment lacks adequate warnings or instructions, rendering it unreasonably dangerous, a gym can be held liable.

Gym injuries are not as uncommon as many people think. Treadmills are linked to 24,000 injuries a year. Recently, a woman from California launched a $3.8 million lawsuit over a brain injury linked to a fall on a treadmill.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries at Virginia gym, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. An experienced Virginia premises liability lawyer can help you. Call us at (757) 455-0077.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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