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Gym Accidents

If you’ve suffered an injury in a gym accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At McCarthy + Co Solicitors LLP, we have a long history of helping our clients secure fair compensation for injuries they sustained through no fault of their own. Whether your injury was due to faulty equipment, poor advice from gym instructors, or hazards not being cleared away, we are here to provide expert legal guidance and support in bringing your claim.

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Helpful Information

Accidents and injuries sustained in gyms are common due to overexertion, however, there are various scenarios where injuries can be sustained due to negligence or wrongful behaviour by a third party. Examples of this include:
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls – If an injury is caused by a slip, trip, and fall due to wet floors, uneven surfaces, or obstacles left in walkways, you may have the basis to bring a claim.
  • Equipment Malfunctions – If you sustain an injury due to faulty or poorly maintained gym equipment, you are likely to have a strong basis to bring a claim.
  • Improper Supervision – If you received poor advice from gym instructors, or they were absent during high-risk activities, you may have a basis to bring a claim.
  • Lifting Injuries – If you were encouraged to life weights beyond your capacity, or if you were given incorrect advice on lifting techniques, you may be able to bring a claim.
  • Inadequate Safety Measures – If you sustained an injury due to missing or inadequate safety features, such as insufficient padding around machines or lack of emergency stop buttons, you may be entitled to compensation.
  • Infections – If you contracted an infection due to poor hygiene practices, such as unclean equipment or facilities, there may be potential to bring legal proceedings.
  • Chemical Burns or Reactions – Injuries from exposure to cleaning chemicals or other hazardous substances not properly handled or stored are less common but valid scenarios for bringing a claim.
  • Overexertion – Overexerting yourself during a gym session is not a valid basis for an injury claim, however, if you were aggressively pushed too hard during training sessions, you might be able to take action.
  • Falling Weights – Injuries from improperly secured weights falling from racks or machines are a strong basis for personal injury claims.  
  • Structural Failures – Harm caused by structural issues in the gym, such as collapsing benches or breaking mirrors, are also strong grounds to bring a claim.

Common types of injuries sustained in gyms

Common injuries occuring in gyms include sprains and strains, often from improper lifting techniques or overexertion, and fractures resulting from falls or dropping weights. Cuts and abrasions can be caused by sharp edges on equipment or falls, while head injuries may occur due to slips, trips, or falling objects. Back injuries frequently result from lifting heavy weights or poor form, and dislocations are common in shoulders or knees during high-impact activities. Whether you can bring a claim for these types of injuries depends on various factors, whether the negliegnce of a third party can be proved, and where a duty of care to you can be established. Arrange a consultation with a solicitor today, if you’d like to discuss whether you have the basis to bring an injury claim.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the questions we are often asked in relation to this topic.

  • What law governs the responsibilities of gym owners?

    The Occupiers' Liability Act 1995 is a key piece of legislation that outlines the responsibilities of occupiers towards visitors on their premises. It requires occupiers to ensure that visitors are reasonably safe while on their property, taking into account the nature of the premises and the purpose of the visit. The Act establishes a duty of care that obliges occupiers to identify and mitigate potential hazards that could foreseeably cause injury to visitors.

    For owners of gyms and sports centres, this Act means they must maintain their facilities to a high standard, ensuring that equipment is safe and properly maintained, that the premises are kept clean and free of obstacles, and that appropriate safety measures are in place. Failure to adhere to these responsibilities can result in liability for injuries sustained by users, paving the way for a personal injury claim. Gym owners must take proactive steps to regularly inspect and address safety issues to comply with the Act and protect their patrons.

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  • How can I prove that the gym owner contravened this Act?

    You must demonstrate that they failed to take reasonable steps to ensure your safety. This involves gathering evidence showing that the gym was negligent in maintaining a safe environment. Evidence could include photographs of the hazard that caused your injury, maintenance records indicating a lack of proper equipment upkeep, witness statements from others who saw the incident or experienced similar hazards, and expert testimony on standard safety practices that were not followed.

    Additionally, you must establish a direct link between the gym owner’s negligence and your injury. Medical reports detailing the nature and extent of your injury, along with records of any treatments or expenses incurred, can help substantiate your claim. It is also essential to show that your injury was a foreseeable result of the gym owner’s failure to address the hazard. Consulting with a personal injury solicitor can assist in gathering and presenting the necessary evidence to support your case.

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  • What compensation can I claim?

    You can claim compensation for various damages, including medical expenses for treatment and rehabilitation, lost wages if the injury caused you to miss work, and future loss of earnings if the injury affects your ability to work long-term. Compensation can also cover pain and suffering, emotional distress, and any necessary modifications to your home or lifestyle due to the injury. Additionally, you may be reimbursed for travel expenses related to medical appointments and any other costs directly resulting from the accident.

Start your gym accident compensation claim

If you have sustained an injury following a gym accident, and you believe negligent or wrongful conduct caused your injury, you may have the basis to bring a compensation claim. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience, McCarthy + Co. has helped many people to bring successful personal injury claims against negligent third parties, owners of gyms, sports centres, and recreational facilities. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial, and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal injury.

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is a seasoned solicitor with almost 20 years of experience, specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, focusing particularly on high-value compensation cases. His extensive litigation experience spans Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court levels.

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