Cities across the nation have been slowly reopening businesses and Americans are coming out of being closed indoors for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Exercise studios, fitness clubs, yoga centers, and Pilates classes continue to be an important part of Americans’ daily lives. These facilities, however, can be dangerous — and not just because we are still in a global pandemic. Equipment such as heavy workout machines, steel wires, wet floors, dead weights, pulleys or other equipment can lead to gym accidents in and around Nevada.
Common Gym Accidents and Injuries
It is estimated that more than 4 million people visit the emergency room annually to treat injuries as a result of recreation exercises and sports. There are several different kinds of accidents that can happen in a gym or other exercise-related facility. These include accidents involving:
- Faulty gym equipment;
- Slip or trip and fall;
- Inadequate lighting;
- Lack of proper training;
- Parking lots;
There are several injuries a person may suffer when he or she has an accident in a health or gym club, including:
- Broken bones;
- Muscle strains;
- Back and neck harm;
- Crushing injuries;
- Wrongful death.
No matter how small or insignificant the injuries may seem, anyone who has been hurt should see a doctor right away.
Under Nevada law, property owners can be held legally and financially responsible for harm suffered if their patrons are hurt on the premises by a hazard that could have easily been remedied. These cases are governed by premises liability law. One key aspect of this type of case, however, is to be able to prove that the property owner or manager — in this case of a gym or other exercise-related facility — was in fact at fault. Proving fault requires sufficient evidence. This includes using evidence such as photographs of the defective machinery or accident scene, video footage of the hazard or the incident, eyewitness accounts of the accident, as well as medical records showing the specific injuries suffered.
Every plaintiff in a premises liability lawsuit must be able to show the following elements to win a case:
- A hazardous or potentially dangerous condition on the property presented an unreasonable risk of harm;
- The property owner or operator knew, or should have known, of the dangerous condition;
- The property owner or operator failed to warn patrons of a dangerous condition or failed to take the reasonable actions needed to remedy the issue;
- The hazardous condition resulted in injuries.
If you or someone you know has been injured on another’s property in Nevada, it is important to contact a skilled personal injury attorney. A lawyer can help an injured party obtain compensation for medical costs, loss of past and future earnings, pain and suffering, as well as attorneys’ fees and court costs.
Speak With Our Attorneys
At H&P Law, our skilled personal injury attorneys can help those injured in at a gym or other exercise-related facility. We can handle the entire process from an initial claim through trial. Contact our Las Vegas or Henderson office today.