Gym Personal Injury Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For An Accident At The Gym? – Am I Eligible To Claim For A Gym Injury?

By Jo Caine. Last Updated 23rd June 2023. Have you been injured in an accident at the gym that was not your fault? Then you could be entitled to make a gym accident claim for compensation. Whether you have suffered from a gym injury causing back pain, gym injury to your arm or gym injury to your ankle, you can be assured that if the accident was caused by negligence on the part of the gym, you could be entitled to claim gym injury compensation for your injuries.

Trust the expert advisors at to provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor who has the right skills and experience to represent you in suing the gym for your injuries. We are a trusted personal injury claims advisory service. The gym accident lawyers that we work with will always push to win you the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to receive, and some of them have three decades of experience handling personal injury claims, so you’re sure to be in a safe pair of hands.

If you have been injured because of an accident at the gym that was not your fault, we would be able to help you claim the compensation that you are entitled to. Call us today on 0161 696 9685 for your free personal injury claims consultation. One of our informed advisors will listen to what happened to you in detail, and if you do have reasonable grounds to claim compensation, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor to handle your claim. You will also get the option to make a no win no fee claim, which is the less stressful option for many of our customers.

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A Guide To Claiming Compensation For An Accident In A Gym

Gym injury compensation claims guide

Gym injury compensation claims guide

Many of us go to the gym on a regular basis to keep fit and healthy, or train for a particular athletic pursuit such as running or weight lifting. Most gyms are run to a high standard, however, accidents at gyms can happen, if standards of health and safety are neglected. Unfortunately, because gyms have heavy free weights and exercise equipment, many gym accidents can be serious.

As a business, your gym has a legal duty of care towards their staff, customers and other people who may use the business such as a self-employed personal trainer. This means that they are legally responsible for taking every reasonable precaution to protect the health and safety of people who use their premises. If they neglect this duty of care by causing or deliberately ignoring a health and safety hazard, which results in an avoidable accident in which a person is injured then they could be held liable. As a result, the gym (the Defendant) would have to pay the injured party (the Claimant) gym injury compensation.

What Is An Accident In A Gym?

In terms of making a gym accident claim, the accident has to be caused by negligence on the part of the business and have caused an injury, for the injured party to be able to make a gym injury claim for compensation. Some common accidents at gyms may include: accidents involving a leg press, gym accidents involving a bench press, weighted gym ball accidents, and gym bench accidents. If you have been involved in an accident at a gym that was not your fault, you could be entitled to a sum of money in compensation. Call us today about making an accident at a gym compensation claim.

Injury In a Gym – Example Payouts

The value of your compensation caused by a gym accident caused by negligence will vary, depending on factors such as:

  • The nature of the injury
  • How long it takes you to recover
  • The overall impact on your life going forward

Legal professionals involved in the case are responsible for calculating the amount deemed appropriate for your level of pain and suffering. It’s a figure known as general damages. They will often use a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), which was last updated in 2022.

We’ve included some examples of potential injuries that could be caused by gym accidents in the table below, alongside figures from the JCG. They’re based on court cases that have been successful in past. Your own claim needs to be addressed individually, but these figures should give you a rough idea of how much a gym injury could be worth.

Type of Injury Severity Compensation Further Information
Brain/Head Injury Very Severe Brain Damage £282,010 to £403,990 Top bracket there may be some ability to follow basic command, no language function, no meaningful response.
Brain/Head Injury Moderate to Moderately Severe £90,720 to £292,010 Concentration, memory and ability to work are affected, intellectual deficit to permanent vegetative or minimally conscious state and severely disabled.
Neck Injury Moderate to Severe Up to the region of £148,330 This type bracket includes soft tissue injuries that may increase vulnerability, severe disc lesion, cervical spondylosis to fractures, dislocations, disc damage causing disability to incomplete paraplegia or resulting in permanent spastic quadriparesis.
Neck Injury Minor Up to £7,890 Recovery within 3 months to the ability to function every day, associated injuries such as the back, need of medication to control symptoms and so on.
Back Injury Moderate to Severe £12,510 to £160,980 This range of compensation would be for soft tissue damage, aggravation of existing injury, crush fracture of the lumbar vertebrae, fracture of discs, impaired mobility, impaired organ function, to damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Back Injury Minor Up to £12,510 This bracket covers full recovery within 3 months, less serious strains, sprains, disc prolapses and soft tissue injuries.
Arm Injury Severe Up to £130,930 Impaired function, fractures,severely disabled injury, significant permanent residual disability, loss of an arm.
Hand Injury Minor to Moderate Up to £13,280 This claim will be based on crush injuries, soft tissue, impaired function regardless of operative treatment.
Hip Injury Moderate to Severe Up to £130,930 Hip replacement or other surgery, the fracture of an arthritic femur or hip, fracture dislocation of the pelvis, complicated fractures of the pelvis, dislocation of a low back joint and a ruptured bladder.
Hip Injury Minor Up to £3,950 Minor injuries to the hip, recovery within 2 years.
Ankle Injury Very Severe £31,310 to £69,700 The need for pins and plates due to ankle instability, risk of osteoarthritis, transmalleolar fracture of the ankle with extensive soft-tissue damage, to below the knee amputation.
Ankle Injury Moderate £13,740 to £26,590 Brackets include fracture and ligament tears, inserted plates, risk of future osteoarthritis.
Foot Injury Serious to Severe Up to £109,650 Arthritis, fractures of both heels or feet, foot deformity, serious permanent disability to amputation of one foot.
Foot Injury Modest to Moderate Up to £24,990 Brackets include, metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments, puncture wounds to fractures resulting in deformity.

For an accurate quote, call and we will estimate how much gym injury compensation you could be entitled to claim, based on your personal circumstances.

How Are Gym Accident And Injury Claims Calculated?

If you make a successful  accident claim for gym accident compensation, your compensation package will be awarded to you in two parts, general damages, and special damages. We will now look at what these are in more detail below.

General Damages

General damages are the main part of your gym injury claim. They are awarded for the pain, suffering, and loss of amenity that the Claimant has suffered as a result of their injuries. Your solicitor will calculate how much you could claim in general damages based on the medical report your doctor will write after assessing you, so you know that you won’t get short changed when you claim.

Special Damages

Special damages are awarded to a Claimant to reimburse them for any expenses or financial losses that their injury has caused. Below are some examples of what sorts of special damages are typically awarded:

  • Medical expenses: this can include reimbursement for the cost of medicines, hospital treatment or physiotherapy.
  • Travel expenses: this can include the cost of travelling to hospital appointments or seeking alternative transport if you were left unable to drive for a period of time.
  • Home adaptation expenses: If you become permanently disabled and need to adapt your home, you can claim expenses for this.
  • Mobility equipment expenses: If you become permanently disabled and need to mobility equipment, you can claim expenses for this.
  • Expenses for at home care: This can include funds to pay back a friend or family member who cared for you whilst you were recovering from your injuries or funds to pay for a permanent carer if you are now in need of one.
  • Loss of income: If you missed out on being paid your salary or any in work benefits whilst you were recovering from your injuries, you can claim these back as expenses.

Statistics For Gym Usage And Injuries

We will now look at some gym accident statistics to see how often accidents at a gym are. According to Sport England, in 2015 alone spending on gym memberships rose by nearly 44%. This may reflect an increased awareness of the positive impact that staying fit can have. A recent study found that 41% of adults in Britain have been injured at the gym or doing a physical workout. Worryingly these gym accident statistics showed that 12% have had to go to the doctor, or A&E due to a workout going wrong. Some of these injuries may be due to gym users acting irresponsibly, for example, 38% of those surveyed said they never warm up before a workout, 9% said they won’t stop if they feel excruciating pain. This may be due to negligence on their part, or the gym not giving the customer a proper induction which teaches the person how to use the equipment safely. These statistics make for worrying reading, especially if the injury is caused by negligence on the part of the gym.

What Duty Of Care Does A Gym Operator Owe Customers?

According to the Occupiers Act of 1957, an occupier has a duty of care towards customers, staff and anyone else who may have reason to use their premises. A duty of care means that one party is responsible for taking every precaution possible to ensure the health and safety of another party is protected. Whether the gym operator owns or leases the building, they have a legal duty of care towards anyone who uses it.

What parties could have a duty of care at the gym?

  • The occupier: this means the gym operator. This may be a private company or the local council.
  • The gym instructors: Gym instructors are supposed to be properly qualified and trained to help advise customers on how to get the best use out of the gym facilities, whilst also keeping themselves safe. If a gym instructor misinforms a customer, resulting in them becoming injured, they could be held accountable for their injuries. It may be the individual gym instructor who is held liable for the customers’ injuries, or the management if they did not provide the correct training, or ensure that the instructor was properly qualified.

If the gym operator is held responsible for your accident at a gym, they will be liable for gym accident compensation for your injuries.

Does Signing A Gym Waiver Or Disclaimer Affect My Ability To Claim Compensation?

Clients who approach us because they have been injured because of accidents in the gym wonder if they can still claim gym injury compensation if they have signed a waiver or disclaimer when joining the gym. This is a very good question to ask. Under the Unfair Contract Terms Act of 1977, gyms that ask clients to sign a waiver or disclaimer upon joining can be contested if negligence on their part caused the client to become injured. If you are unsure of where you stand with a gym accident claim, call to speak to one of our informed advisors. They will be able to let you know if suing the gym is a possibility for you.

Is The Gym Always At Fault In An Accident Claim?

Under some circumstances, your gym may not be at fault for an accident you sustain there. For example if a maintenance is hired by the gym to carry out repair work which causes you to become injured (for example, they leave a floorboard loose which causes you to suffer a slip, trip or fall accident), then they could be held liable for your injuries and have to pay you gym accident compensation. If you are unsure who is liable for your injuries, your gym accident lawyer provided by will be able to investigate further to establish liability. Call us today, to enquire about making a gym accident claim for compensation.

Common Causes Of Accidents In A Gym

There are many causes of accidents in a gym, we have looked through some in more detail below:

  • Incorrect use of machinery and equipment: Gyms house heavy and imposing equipment. Using the equipment incorrectly can cause injuries such as musculoskeletal injuries. Gyms usually avoid this by having an induction for new members, where they teach them how to use the gym equipment safely.
  • Faulty equipment: Malfunctioning machines at a gym can result in many different types of injuries. For example, customers can fall off a treadmill if there is no emergency stop switch. They could also suffer a gym accident on the bench press or gym accident on the leg press, if it is faulty and collapses beneath their weight whilst they are using it. To avoid accidents, gym staff should conduct regular routine checks on equipment.
  • Loose mats: Gyms should have a policy that all mats which are not in use should be put away, and have a member of staff present to enforce this. Although most gym mats have a grip, a loose mat can cause customers to slip if they walk over it, causing a fall-related injury.
  • Slippery floors: Most gyms have hardwood flooring. If a drink is spilled on the floor, or if a pipe leaks onto the floor, this can cause customers or staff to slip and hurt themselves as they fall. If the gym staff do not immediately sign post the wet floor, then clean it up, they could be held liable for any injuries caused as a result.
  • Weights or objects falling: Gyms often keep their heavy weights on a storage rack. If the weights are not stored correctly or the rack is faulty, they can fall and injure a gym user. Racks should be checked regularly for faults, and gym staff should be sure to correct anyone who does not return their weights properly.

Common Injuries Suffered In A Gym

These are the sort of injuries at a gym that people could experience;

  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendinitis
  • Torn ligaments
  • Torn cartilage
  • Knee injuries
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Gym injuries causing back pain
  • Gym injuries to the arm
  • Gym injuries to the ankle
  • In extreme situations, gym injuries causing death

If you have been injured at a gym because of an accident that was not your fault, call to make your enquiry about making a gym injury claim.

Do I Need Evidence To Support A Gym Accident Claim?

If you suffered an injury in the gym, and you meet the personal injury claim eligibility criteria, you will need to gather evidence to support your case.

Some examples of the types of evidence you could collect for your personal injury claim could include:

  • CCTV footage of your gym accident.
  • Photographs of the visible injuries you sustained.
  • Photographs of the scene of the accident.
  • Witness contact details (as they could give a statement at a later date).
  • Medical records stating the injury you suffered and the treatment you have needed.
  • Documents showing any financial losses caused by your injuries (such as pay slips for loss of earnings, bank statements or bills).

One of the solicitors on our panel could assist you with gathering evidence for your gym injury claim. To find out if you could be eligible to work with one of them, you can contact our advisors today.

How Long Does A Claim Take And Are There Personal Injury Claim Time Limits?

In the UK there is a personal injury claim time limit of three years (may vary). This means that you will have three years since the day your accident happened, or you realised that you have been injured, to claim compensation for your injuries. We recommend you call us as soon as possible, to make sure you don’t fall outside the personal injury claims time limit.

Reason claim is made Applicable time limit for injury claim
Standard time limit for gym accident claims 3 years from the date of the incident or date of knowledge of the injury.
Claims for a person under the age of 18 injured. 3 years from the age of 18. Parent or guardian can claim at any time before this.

How To Start A Gym Accident Claim

Starting a gym accident compensation claim

Starting a gym accident compensation claim

Whether you experienced an accident at the gym which involved a gym ball accident, gym bench accident, gym accident involving a leg press or gym accident involving a bench press, if you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim gym injury compensation. To begin your claim for gym accident compensation, call us today to speak to one of our informed advisors. If you do have reasonable grounds on which to claim, we will provide you with the right gym injury claims solicitor to handle your claim. Call now to see how much you could claim.

No Win No Fee Claims For An Accident In A Gym

If you are entitled to gym accident compensation, can provide you with a no win no fee solicitor who can handle your claim. No win no fee means that you will only have to pay your fee on the condition that you win your claim. In the unlikely outcome that you do not win your gym injury claim for compensation, you will not be charged a fee. This means that there is not any risk involved in making a no win no fee claim. If you are interested in making a no win no fee claim for an accident at the gym, call us today, to see if you are entitled to claim compensation.

Why File A Gym Accident Claim With Our Experts?

If you have been injured at the gym that was caused by negligence, talk to about claiming compensation. Call us today to be provided with the right gym accident lawyer to handle your claim. The personal injury solicitors we provide are experienced and will always fight to win you the maximum amount of compensation that you could be entitled to. They will also give you the option to make a no win no fee claim, so there is no financial risk to you.

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Contact us by phoning 0161 696 9685 or sending an email to [email protected]. We will discuss your claim with you. If we can help you, we may also offer a no win no fee agreement.

Advice And Resources For People Injured In A Gym

Accident At Work Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For Injuries? – No Win No Fee

Car Accident Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation – Overview On Car Crash Injury Claims

Get Fit For Free – NHS guide to getting fit for free.

Edited by MM.