You pay a personal trainer to help you lose weight, get in shape, or maintain your optimum health. These individuals go through extensive training themselves before they can offer their services, but that training does not always benefit the client. There are numerous instances where inexperienced trainers offer advice to their clients, without taking into account their current health or other risk factors. Sometimes just fitness advice from a trainer can lead to serious injury. If you or a loved one was injured because of that advice, you may wonder what your options are for compensation. First, you will want to speak with a personal injury attorney. Then, familiarize yourself with how these types of claims work, and what may be expected of you in order to file a claim.
Was the Trainer Negligent?
The basis of all personal injury claims is negligence. You must prove that the trainer was negligent, and that negligence is what led to your injury. But, what is negligence?
- Duty – To establish negligence, you must first show that your trainer offered you a duty of care, which was breached. Duty of care is a recognition that there was a professional relationship – such as your paying for the trainer’s services.
- Breach – Next, you must establish that the trainer had a duty, but breached that duty. For example, your trainer was aware that you were new to weightlifting, but he or she chose to push you beyond your capabilities too fast and too early – leading to serious injury. This is a breach of the duty of care.
- Causation – Proving there was a breach isn’t enough; you must also show that the breach specifically caused your injury. If the breach is not linked to the injury, you may not have a case for personal injury.
- Damages – Also, you must establish that the injury caused damages. This can include medical costs, lost wages, or pain and suffering. If you suffered no harm and no financial losses, the error committed by your trainer is not eligible for compensation under personal injury law.
Speak with an Attorney
If you have suffered serious injury because of the advice of your fitness trainer or nutrition specialist, you may have a personal injury claim against the trainer, or the company that employs them. The only way to assess your case is to speak with an attorney who specializes in personal injury law. Contact the St. Louis personal injury team at Carey, Danis & Lowe Attorneys at Law regarding your claim. We offer free, no-obligation consultations. Schedule yours today by calling 877-678-3400 or filling out our online contact form with your concerns.