Can I cancel a gym contract if I injure myself and can no longer use the facilities?

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If you suffer from an injury and can no longer benefit from your contract with a health club, the first step you should take is to request that the health club cancel your membership. Since a health club is a business, they may decide to preserve community goodwill and allow you to cancel the contract. Avoiding poor reviews and customer complaints online is usually desirable to these types of establishments, since many clients research a business like this before entering into a long term contract.

If the health club is unwilling to cancel the contract despite your inability to use the facilities, unfortunately, you are probably obligated to continue paying your membership dues. However, this may depend on the contents of the contract. Read the contract carefully to figure out the circumstances under which a contract may be cancelled. If no mention of cancelling the contract made within the document, ordinary contract principles will apply.

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