It’s not until very recently that people have become more aware of the importance of staying fit and healthy. Better education and advances in medicine and technology have helped tp educate people that living a healthy life will give many people a fuller and hopefully longer life, and we can see the results of this by the growing number of people we see jogging in the mornings and evenings, and the increase in numbers of gym memberships. Unfortunately sometimes accidents that should and could have been avoided will occur while at the gym.
What Should You Do If You Have An Accident In The Gym?
1. Determine the severity of the injury. If it’s something severe, especially when you’re into a lot of pain, make sure that you or someone else can bring you to the nearest hospital to have yourself checked. If the injury has hurt your head or neck, this should be considered as an emergency.
2. Focus on your recovery. You have up to 3 years to file a claim against the gym. In the meantime, bring all your efforts to healing and complete recovery.
3. Once you’re already well or at least have gained much of your function, ask for the accident report from the gym. It should be logged there. You may also want to check out the police report as sometimes it is recorded in their books. You can start researching about your accident. Interview witnesses or gather the facts related to the injury.
4. Consult with a solicitor. Only a solicitor can give you the best advice on how to go about your case and whether you have a chance of winning it. If you’re worried about the cost, you can inquire if they offer a no win, no fee agreement. Many now offer such, but they do take it only when they can see that you have a very high chance of winning. After all, it’s a risk at their end not to be paid up front for their fees.
Points To Remember
Even working with the best solicitor doesn’t guarantee you’ll win the case. A lot of things can go in between, so you must be ready to win and lose. Moreover, it’s possible that the claim can be dragged on for a long time. It’s typical among third parties to employ delaying tactics to discourage you in the process. Nevertheless, many also try to be more practical by going for an out-of-court settlement. In fact, this can be one of the pieces of advice that will be provided by your solicitor, especially when the chances of winning are moderate.
You will receive two kinds of rewards or indemnities for damages: special and general. The special damage covers all the costs you incurred related to your injury, from hospitalisation to continuing care. The pain and suffering, on the other hand, is given some monetary value through general damages.
The indemnities will never be enough to cover for the actual pain and suffering caused by the injuries. You may also never get back the opportunities you’ve lost, from job to excellent quality of life. But you can use the money to start over, support your treatment, or offer you and your family a better glimmer of hope.