I typically try to exercise 3 times a week. I go to the gym to run or take aerobics classes like spinning or a sports conditioning class. In the spinning class I went to last week, I saw a woman who could have suffered a serious injury. She walked next to a bike she intended to ride during class. As she sat down on the bike, she fell off because the seat was broken and was not properly attached to the bike. Fortunately, the person next to her caught her so she didn't fall into another bike.
The instructor then came over to ask if she was okay. He then said, "Oh, that bike is broken. They were supposed to put a sign on it." The woman wasn't hurt, but of course, the personal injury lawyer in me couldn't help but think that the gym could have been responsible for her injuries if she was seriously hurt.
From the instructor's statement, it appeared that he knew the bike was broken. Further, it appeared that the gym management also knew it was broken because the instructor said, "they were supposed to put a sign on it."
Therefore, the gym would be negligent and liable because it knew about the broken bike but didn't do anything to prevent its members from getting hurt. The bike should have been either removed or a sign should have been placed on it warning members that it was broken.
A gym has a duty to maintain gym equipment in good and safe condition so that members will not get hurt. Such equipment includes:
All of the above equipment/machines are used by gym members every day. Therefore, the gym should be inspecting the equipment/machines frequently to make sure that they are safe for members to use.
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