While lifting weights, one of the discs fell off hitting me on the foot and breaking my big toe – my friend tells me I may be entitled to compensation – are claims for a gym injury due to faulty equipment complex?
The circumstances surrounding your accident, the severity of your injury and the impact it will have on your personal life are all factors that determine the complexity of claims for a gym injury due to faulty equipment. It is recommended that you speak with an experienced personal injury solicitor if you are considering filing a claim as they will be able to guide you through the procedure and advise you on what evidence is required to help substantiate your claim.
There are a few steps you can take initially that have aided claims for a gym injury due to faulty equipment before.
A broken toe is quite a painful and serious injury, therefore it is likely you have already received professional medical attention, your injury will have been recorded in your medical history which you can use to support your claim for compensation.
If possible you should gather evidence such as photographs of the weights which caused your injury, contact details of people who saw your accident and any CCTV footage from the gym showing the incident. It is also advised that you record your injury in the gym’s ‘Accident Report Book.’
Claims for a gym injury due to faulty equipment should be assessed by a personal injury solicitor to ensure the claimant is aware of the potential value of their claim. This is particularly useful if the gym or their insurers approach you with a direct offer of compensation as it will allow you to make an informed decision.
Accepting a direct offer of compensation without consulting a solicitor is very risky as it is unlikely the offer will take into account the loss of amenity (this refers to the effect an injury has your quality of life) you suffered due to your injury, therefore you could end up being under compensated for your injuries.
To ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to, you should speak with a personal injury solicitor without delay.