Grandmother Found Dead in Gym Steam Room
A 77 year old woman from Colorado was tragically found dead in the steam room at a gym several months ago. Her body was not found until approximately 12 to 17 hours after her death, and it was a fellow gym member that found her, not an employee. Her family is now considering a lawsuit given the results of the autopsy.
It is believed that the woman arrived at a 24 hour gym in Littleton, Colorado at about 1 p.m. on March 29. At some point, she went into the sauna and apparently passed out due to the heat. The coroner has determined that her death was accidental and caused by kidney failure brought on by acute dehydration. The gym's policy was for staff members to check locker rooms hourly during the day and once at night, but this protocol does not appear to have been followed. Had the woman been found shortly after passing out, she would likely have survived.
Gym Injuries and Deaths
This Colorado incident raises some important concerns for Georgia gym members. Each year, hundreds of gym goers across the country will be injured while working out or otherwise using gym equipment. When you go to the gym or purchase home fitness equipment, you trust that the equipment will be made well and the gym will offer the latest in safety techniques. Injuries can occur as a result of faulty gym equipment or negligent gym maintenance and services. Gyms are required to maintain their facilities in safe working order, which includes inspecting equipment, surveying the premises and much more. If a gym fails to take reasonable safety steps and an injury results, the gym should be held accountable.
At times, injuries at the gym result due to faulty gym equipment. Heavy gym equipment such as treadmills, weights and rowing machines can all inflict serious injuries in the event of a defect. If you have been injured while using a piece of gym equipment, whether at the fitness gym or at home, be sure to document your injuries. Take pictures of the equipment and the injuries. Obtain medical treatment for your injuries and follow your doctor's recommendations for a prompt recovery.
Consult with a licensed personal injury attorney in the event of any gym related injury in order to preserve important evidence. You may not be to blame for your injuries at the gym. Your attorney can uncover whether negligence or a product defect played a role in the accident that caused your injury.
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All gym operators have a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of gym members and users. If you have been injured at the gym, the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, want to help. Our firm accepts personal injury cases across Georgia and in the Southeast and have handled such cases for over 30 years.
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