Liability in DC Gym Accident Cases

In DC, the most common liability in DC gym accident cases involves a slip and fall. The most common is somebody slips and falls or trips and falls on someone’s premises. Speak with a distinguished gym injury attorney about how to establish negligence for your case.

Negligence in DC Gym Accidents

Gym owners owe a duty or standard of care to be a reasonable gym owner under similar circumstances and have a duty to provide a reasonably safe premise for people to visit. It is a little more complicated than that because of gym equipment.

A gym owner needs to provide a reasonably safe premise. They need to inspect their equipment and ensure that the equipment that they are providing is reasonably safe. This can deter them from being considered liable.

If there are any problems with the equipment, they need to take it out of service, make repairs, or warn people that there are problems with the equipment. Other than trip and falls, faulty gym equipment is a common factor when determining liability in DC gym accident cases.

Impact of Appropriate Behavior for Equipment Signs

If someone is doing something stupid, they are held responsible for it. If someone gets on a bench press and they are using the bench press as intended and the bench breaks and they are injured, the warning does not matter that much. If someone is using a bench to do jump squats and they jump off the bench and they break their ankle when they land, it plays a big factor.

The biggest part of equipment-related liability in DC gym accident cases is determining whether there were warnings on how to use and not use the machine. If this is the case, the gym owner will not be considered liable. If someone uses the equipment as intended and they still get hurt in a gym, the gym owner or the manufacturer is much more likely to be held responsible.

Foreseeability in Gym Accident Cases

An accident has to be foreseeable in order for someone to try to prevent it. A great example is if someone is working out at a gym and a bird flies through the window and hits someone in the head. There is no case there. It is not reasonably foreseeable that a bird is going to attack a gym. If someone is using a bench press and a bench press collapses, it is reasonably foreseeable.

Foreseeability deals with whether or not there is a duty and a breach. One cannot possibly protect themselves and their patrons against every conceivable act that could ever happen but they have to protect their patrons from foreseeable acts. It is foreseeable that if someone is mopping the floor and there is no wet floor sign, someone could slip and fall. It is not quite as foreseeable if they are mopping the floor and there is no wet floor sign that somebody could spontaneously combust. The biggest thing is whenever the incident is related to the breach of standard of care. It needs to be reasonably foreseeable in order for the owner, operator, franchisee, or trainer to be held liable for it.

Liability Related to Equipment Use

Liability in DC gym accident cases can be placed on multiple persons and entities. If someone was working with a trainer uses a piece of equipment that breaks while using it as intended, they have to sue the trainer, the gym, the owner of the premise, and the manufacturer.

Assuming everything was done properly, the manufacturer is going to be on the hook if the product was used as intended and broke for no apparent reason. If the gym knew that there were problems or they made recent repairs and did not warn the person who got hurt, the gym is going to be liable.

If the trainer had been advised to not use that machine and they put someone on it anyway, the trainer may be considered responsible. There is also the use of respondeat superior where someone could bring a claim against whoever the trainer is employed by.

Types of Recoverable Compensation

Before pursuing liability in DC gym accident cases, it is important to know what someone can recover. Non-economic damages are conscious pain and suffering as well as loss of enjoyment of life.

Economic damages, which are lost wages and medical bills, are all compensable. In very rare cases, a person may be able to recover punitive damages.

For instance, if an equipment manufacturer knew that there were major problems, and someone got horrendously and catastrophically injured, there might be an opportunity to recover punitive damages.