Signing Gym Waivers – If I Am Injured Can I Still Sue?

A waiver may be signed by individuals who become members of a gym. This will exonerate the owner and management from any liability in the event that an injury occurs. There are still certain instances that can occur, which may make the gym liable for any damages due to negligence or other actions of the management.

What does signing a waiver mean?

A waiver is signed by all who sign up to become gym members, rather than temporary guests. This waives the company and management of any liability for injury or property damage. Although the gym can still sue an individual for destruction to gym property, the injured person has fewer rights than if they hire a lawyer or fight the waiver. The document itself contains legal language or fine print that helps to explain the situation better. The person also gives up their right to sue for injury or other damages. The member cannot sue unless the gym violates the duty of care in such situations as injury.

The Fault in the Incident

Many accidents occur when the victim is the gym member. This is often when the gym member fails to pay attention, does not follow instructions, or is careless while using equipment. These members may neglect safety precautions that could cause serious injury and even hospitalization. There are instances when the employee or the gym is directly responsible for injuries. In situations where employees are directly or negligently responsible, the owner or management may not be able to explain that members can still sue the gym.

Proving Negligence

If there is not enough evidence to prove that the gym was negligent, the owners, employers, and managers will often take the matter to court. The gym may try to shift the blame onto the member or customer. The business should retain as much profit as possible. The owner may not admit that negligence was a factor in the accident. If there is evidence of negligence, the company might try to settle the matter outside the courts to avoid any additional costs or time.

It is more difficult to prove negligence. A lawyer who is experienced in proving negligence and holding companies responsible for such incidents will be helpful to the victim. Heavy equipment, such as machines and devices, can often cause more severe injuries. A smaller building can also make it more difficult for members to have access equipment that could cause serious injury. The employees at the gym could be negligent if they fail to follow safety protocols, read the instructions and take care of customers.

The Waiver Limits Litigation

Some states will allow companies more freedom, even in cases of negligence involving some injuries. This waiver could cover any problems that might arise if the employees of the gym were not responsible or prevented the incident. These situations are covered by standard requirements that protect the business. The waiver must clearly state that the new member will waive any right to negligence in inflicting injury. These circumstances also mean that the waiver doesn’t need to cover all possible actions and situations of negligence.

These waivers might only be valid for certain classes, equipment, or actions that the gym may take. A waiver signed for a specific class, such as a workout, or with a trainer may only cover that class or one instance. Employee behavior not related to the program, class or trainer could be subject to a negligence claim. For help in understanding the differences, consult a lawyer.

Gym Waivers & the Lawyer

To sue the gym, some members might need to hire a lawyer. Even if the waiver is not in effect, there are many states that can hold the gym responsible for negligence. Injuries that are not covered by the waiver could lead to valid claims for compensation.

Updated 12/1/2021