We were contacted by a man who had suffered an accident at the gym. The accident happened when he was on a flat bench in the gym, carrying out a ‘chest fly’ exercise with a pair of dumbbell weights. After completing his reps, he reached out to put each dumbbell down. In doing so, he trapped his left index finger between the dumbbell he was holding and another one which had been left on the floor next to his bench by someone else.
As a result of the accident, the man suffered a fracture and an open wound to his left index finger. The injury impacted his day-to-day life and even caused him to be unable to work for 6 weeks.
How we helped claim compensation
Actons concluded that the gym was responsible for the man’s injuries as they had failed to ensure that other gym members had returned the free weights to their correct storage places. They also did not have an effective policy in place to ensure that the free weights room was regularly inspected to clear away any equipment, reducing the risk of potential accidents.
The gym’s insurers admitted legal responsibility for the accident due to the above reasons. They offered the man £3,700 in compensation for his accident and injuries. We considered the offer to be too low given the extent of the injuries he suffered and so ordered court proceedings against the gym.
At the hearing, the judge agreed that the offer made by the gym’s insurers was too low and awarded the man a final sum of £6,200, a significant amount more than the insurers had valued the claim.
If you have suffered an injury from an accident at the gym, you may be entitled to make a No Win No Fee compensation claim. Contact our team of expert personal injury lawyers today to find out how we can help you.