When you join a gym, you look forward to working towards your goals of health and fitness, but sometimes a gym can be anything but a healthy experience. While most workout facilities realize that it's in their best interests to keep their clients safe, gyms are chock-full of potentially dangerous situations and equipment. Just visualize any gym; wet areas near pools, spas and saunas, heavy weights, complicated machines and other hazards lurk there. If you have encountered less-than-safe conditions, or perhaps even been injured at your gym, read on to learn about how to be compensated fairly.
The Waiver of Liability
Signing off on a waiver of liability is common when joining a new workout facility. In fact, it's very likely a requirement for gaining membership. These documents have become so commonplace, that it's difficult to participate in most any activity, from sports clubs to renting a picnic pavilion for a party without encountering this document. Many people give these documents only a cursory glance, however.
These documents specify that, by signing, you acknowledge the risks associated with certain activities and that you will not hold the gym liable for your injuries, either financially or legally. After all, gym owners know that gyms can be dangerous, and this document gives them some protection from people who get hurt while on gym property.
Two Types of Waivers
If you have been injured at a gym after signing a liability waiver, you may still be able to sue for damages, depending on the type of waiver you signed. The issue comes down to the enforceability of a given waiver, and there are two basic types of waivers.
Regardless of the type of waiver you signed, if you have been injured at the gym contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Waivers are not meant to allow businesses to subject their customers to unsafe conditions, so make sure that you don't miss out on an opportunity to get fairly compensated.
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