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After being involved in a serious car accident, I really believed that my insurance company would take care of everything. It wasn't until I finally received their settlement offer that I realized they were not on my side at all. This is when I got wise and consulted a personal injury lawyer. It was the best decision I could have made. Thanks to my attorney, not only did I learn a lot about personal injury law, but I actually got the compensation that I needed and deserved. I made a lot of mistakes after my accident, but I also learned a lot along the way. It is my hope that this blog will allow other accident victims to learn from common mistakes and get the information they need to be successful in their own personal injury claims.

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Can You Sue If You Get Hurt In A Video Workout?

by Riley Sanchez

During COVID-19, workout videos are increasingly becoming more common as people can't get to the gym and trainers need work. Does not being in a gym mean you can't sue if you get hurt? Not necessarily.

Injuries Related to Your Space Are On You

To know if you can sue, you need to understand the difference between what you control and what the trainer controls. If you get hurt by things that you control completely, your trainer has no personal injury liability.

For example, if you trip over your rug or fall into your glass table, your trainer is not liable. You are responsible for being aware of your surroundings and clearing enough room to safely workout.

Injuries Related to Not Warming Up

Muscle pulls and other injuries not related to warming up depend on the specific facts. Some sessions may tell you that you are responsible for warming up and stretching on your own before it starts. In that case, it is likely your responsibility for finding out how to adequately warm-up and do it.

If your trainer is advertising a complete session, they may be responsible for warming you up as well. If they do too much too soon and you get hurt, you may be able to hold them responsible for your injuries.

Other Injuries During Your Workout

Any athletic activity has a risk of injury. Your trainer still has to use reasonable care to keep you from getting hurt. One situation where the trainer might be liable is if they design a program that is too strenuous for the advertised ability level. A beginner could easily get hurt overextending themselves without knowing they were doing too much because they were trusting the trainer's professional advice.

Another potential situation where you can sue a trainer is if they demonstrate poor technique or do not explain the proper technique. Even minor changes in technique can cause lasting injuries, and trainers should understand the importance of this.

Did You Sign a Waiver?

If you signed a waiver or there is a waiver at the start of the video, it is important to understand that this might not be legally binding. The law in your area might not allow that type of waiver or the injury might not be covered. Always let an attorney review the waiver before you decide to sue.

To learn more, contact a personal injury law firm.