Houston Gym Equipment Lawyer
Have you been hurt while using a piece of equipment at a gym in Houston, TX? You may be entitled to compensation for your physical injuries, medical costs, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. Our experienced Houston gym equipment lawyers can help you fight to maximize your financial recovery.
At Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers, we’re leaders in personal injury litigation in Houston. Led by a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, our law firm boasts more than 45 years of experience and has recovered tens of millions in damages for clients like you.
Let us stand up to your gym, equipment manufacturers, insurance companies, and anyone who might be responsible for your traumatic accident. Contact one of our three convenient office locations in Houston at (713) 500-5000 to schedule your free consultation to learn more.
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How Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If You’ve Been Hurt Because of Defective Gym Equipment in Houston
You probably signed a waiver of liability when you signed up for your gym membership. Don’t let that scare you away from taking legal action if you’re hurt while using a piece of equipment during a workout.
Gyms and athletic facilities in Houston have a responsibility to make sure that the equipment it provides is safe for members. If there’s a problem with the equipment and the gym knows (or should know) about it, then they can be liable if you get hurt.
Our Houston premises liability lawyers can help you fight to hold them fully accountable for your injuries and suffering.
While you focus on getting better, Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers will:
- Review your waiver of liability to see if it’s just boilerplate language or if it actually contains language that will hold up in court
- Determine what caused the gym equipment to malfunction, break, or fail
- Gather evidence to prove that you were injured because of dangerous or defective gym equipment
- Protect you against claims that you’re at fault or share responsibility for your gym accident
- Handle negotiations with your gym and other involved parties
If the gym or insurance company refuses to negotiate or offer a fair settlement, our accomplished personal injury attorneys will be ready to bring your case to a jury. We’ll fight tirelessly to make sure that you’re fully compensated for your inexcusable injury. Call our Houston product liability lawyers to get started now.
How Often Does Gym Equipment Cause Injuries?
Every year, accidents involving gym equipment send thousands of people to the emergency room. As going to the gym and getting exercise have become more popular, gym equipment injuries have become more commonplace.
According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), gym equipment injuries increased by a staggering 45 percent between 2007 and 2010.
It’s estimated that as many as 460,000 people get hurt while using gym equipment annually.
Does Signing a Gym Waiver Mean I Can’t Sue For Damages If I Get Hurt?
Not necessarily. Most gyms will have you sign a waiver of liability when you sign up for a membership. It states that you understand there are inherent risks involved in using its facility and equipment, assume the risk, and waive your right to sue if you get hurt.
However, gyms can’t sidestep their responsibility to provide you with a safe place to work out just by having you sign a waiver.
Under Texas premises liability law, property owners have a legal obligation to take steps to keep guests and visitors safe. The necessary steps depend on why a person is visiting their premises. If you’re a member at a gym, you’re considered a business invitee.
Basically, you’re visiting the premises for a business purpose that benefits the gym owner.
Under Texas law, the gym has an obligation to:
- Inspect the premises regularly
- Fix known hazards or dangers
- Warn about concealed dangers or risks
While the gym might warn you about vague or general dangers associated with using its facilities or gym equipment, that’s probably insufficient to keep you from filing a successful lawsuit if you get hurt. Warnings must be specific.
Additionally, in order to keep the gym in a “reasonably safe condition,” it must inspect its equipment, fix it when it’s broken or malfunctioning, and replace it as needed. If you get hurt because a piece of equipment at the gym is broken or unreasonably unsafe, the gym can be liable.
Can Gym Equipment Companies Be Held Liable For Injuries?
Under Florida state product liability law, companies that design, manufacture, and market gym equipment can be strictly liable if the equipment is defective and causes an injury. So, yes, if the gym injury is the result of a defect or unreasonably dangerous piece of equipment, you can sue the equipment manufacturer.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Houston Gym Equipment Lawyer
Whether you’ve been hurt on a treadmill or using a weight machine, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced Houston gym equipment lawyers at Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers to learn more.
Our team will review the language in your liability waiver, determine the best strategy for seeking compensation, and help you file a personal injury claim to secure a financial award.
We offer a free consultation, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our respected attorneys for assistance today.