Serious sports injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal trainer injury lawsuits.
Most trainers are highly qualified but some lack education, formal training, and experience to safely guide a client through a workout routine. This can result in serious gym-related injuries.
After these training injuries, cases can be filed against the individual personal trainers and their associated health clubs.
Most sports injury lawsuits against a personal trainer are premised on general negligence theory. Negligence is often defined as “the failure to reasonable care in a specific circumstance.” Negligence may be an act or omission that causes harm to a client.
The relationship between a personal trainer and client can be compared to a doctor-patient relationship, where a personal trainer has a legal duty to train the client with a proper duty of care.
Common allegations of personal trainer negligence include:
Considering pre-existing injuries or medical conditions
Providing appropriate types of exercises for age or body type
Limiting the weights or duration of cardiac exercises
Properly supervising the client at all times
Recommending dubious health supplements
Yes, if you sustain an injury while under the supervision of a personal trainer, you may have a legal claim against both the trainer and the associated gym.
Personal trainers should have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance. Almost all registered gyms and fitness studios will require trainers to have insurance, and it is typically a prerequisite for working certain outdoor fitness programs and other sports regimens.
Waivers that clients sign can give gyms protection following an injury. The law states that any occupiers of a property, including gym owners, have a duty of care to people who they can reasonably expect will be on their premises.
Thus, even though you signed a waiver, the law allows you to sue a gym or trainer if they breach their duty of care by failing to prepare safe equipment or offer proper supervision. Lawsuits have recovered compensation for plaintiffs suing both personal trainers and gym’s for their negligence.
Personal trainers are known for pushing their clients to their upper limits. But if the client sustains an injury while operating equipment under the supervision of a personal trainer, they may have a claim against either the trainer or the gym.
However, for example, if you neglect to tell your trainer about an old shoulder injury, you may not be able to cast blame for any related injury sustained by their guidance.
Each sports injury case is unique and should be reviewed by an attorney. Some interesting cases arise from injuries sustained at 24-hour gyms when no staff are present and the gym is not properly maintained.