Visitor Question

Cut My Toe in a Fitness Gym Jacuzzi…

Submitted By: Ivan (Fairfax, Virginia)

I was at a fitness gym inside the jacuzzi and got a cut on the bottom of my big toe. My concern is that there are dozens of people inside a jacuzzi each day, and I don’t know what cut me. I could have an infection or worse.

When I got inside the jacuzzi I felt a sharp object that cut the bottom of my toe. I started bleeding a lot inside the jacuzzi. The life guard saw me bleeding and sent me to the front desk for a band-aid. I don’t know how big the cut is yet but I will be going to see a doctor tomorrow. It hurts and my toe is swollen and red. I’m very concerned.

Should I be doing anything now to protect my rights should something bad happen?

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Dear Ivan,

There really isn’t anything you should be doing at this point other than keeping your doctor’s appointment. Your doctor will look for the onset of infection. If you haven’t had a tetanus shot in the last few years she will probably give you one.

In the interim, treat the cut with an antibiotic such as Neosporin. Take a few digital photographs of the cut as well.

If you have a pre-existing infection or auto immune deficiency disease the possibility of infection should be treated very seriously. If that is the case, waiting to see your own doctor is probably a mistake. Instead go to your nearest emergency room to be treated.

You already made contact with the lifeguard and front desk at the fitness club. In the very unlikely chance an unforeseen medical problem arises you will at least have some basis upon which to follow up with a claim.

After receiving medical treatment take your medical bills to the fitness club manager. Remind her what happened and ask her to reimburse you for those expenses. Other than the above you should be in good shape.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: September 6, 2011

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