June 5, 2020 damonhayhow

How to Make $550K Lifting Weights: Sue for It.

Just when you thought the politico-legal destruction of the gym market had ended, ambulance-chasing scumbags at Maurice Blackburn strike with a $550K personal injury win for a lady who picked up a 25kg weight wrongly.

https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/costs/sydney-gym-ordered-to-pay-550k-after-mum-injures-back-picking-up-weights/news-story/0bc1aba8d9f898cee209006f62bdf27d

My interpretation/assumption of what really happened: a lady picks up a 25kg weight wrongly, puts her back out, then gets grossly mistreated by incompetent medicos who believe surgery is a more suitable solution than a basic adjustment/physical manipulation. They botch the surgery, and then butcher the poor woman with 3 more surgeries to unsuccessfully fix their cockup.

This sort of grotesque malpractice is NOT unprecedented. (And, in fairness, it is EXTREMELY difficult to find a competent practitioner to do a basic adjustment effectively, without wasting the patients time with a “12 week plan”). But the $550K damages, for a person who hurts THEMSELVES, knowingly acting on their own free will, without recommendation or supervision, in a gym, does seem to be somewhat unprecedented? So even if my assumption about what happened here is not entirely correct, the same result will now occur anyway.

I’ve been preaching on the fact that most PT’s and gyms are not covered by their insurance for a lot of what they do. No Fitness PT can prep a competitor for a bodybuilding or sports competition. They cannot coach non-competitors with the same weight training techniques either. Sports coaching is not “fitness”, so it is not covered.

This is another wakeup call that this is serious.