How often do you see advice on the web, or even from friends, that is completely off base? How often do you see people injuring themselves at the gym or local fitness center? Are you worried that you could be the next one to fall prey to bad information or equipment? Keeping these tips in mind, you can best protect yourself from bad information and practices by those in the fitness and dieting industries you thought you could trust.
1. Liability is limited if one lacks a personal trainer's certification.
Even if somebody claims to have specific knowledge, they may not be on the hook to pay for damages if they give advice and do not have certification. If you aren't sure if somebody was certified when they passed on unsafe advice that led to your personal injury, you should speak with your attorney about your next steps.
2. Somebody can be sued for providing false or misleading advertising.
If you purchased something from a business, including a gym or dietician, and learned that it was unsafe, you may have a solid case in court. You must be able to prove that you were promised something other than what you ended up receiving. You may also need to prove that the item in question caused you pain or distress.
3. Accidents at the gym are not uncommon.
These types of incidents are often the result of poorly maintained equipment, broken security features, poor instructions, or slips caused by water or items strewn about the floor. Depending on the incident, you may have a case. It is always important to read over the rules of the gym as well as any contract you may have signed with the company before you work out there.
4. Personal trainers may give faulty information.
Simply because somebody has training and education does not mean that they are infallible. If something does not sound right to you, it is always okay (and smart) to seek a second opinion. You know your body better than anybody else. Of course, you should also report possible injuries to your lawyer in case there is something you can do to recover your financial damages.
Ultimately, it is always wise to do your own research. If you have questions, a personal injury attorney can be a great resource for helping you recover damages from a personal injury. They can also answer questions about your rights.