Dragon’s Den star sued for £200,000 after amateur body builder 'tore tricep on wet floor while warming up at gym' | The Sun

A DRAGON'S Den star has been sued for £200,000 after an amateur body builder tore a tricep at his gym when he slipped on the wet floor.

John Plummer, 58, says he tore the muscle in his left arm after his legs slipped from under him as he warmed up with a press-up at a Duncan Bannatyne gym.

John, from Durham, claims to suffer permanently reduced strength in his elbow and went on to have depression, according to a writ issued in London’s High Court.

73-year-old Bannatyne was a familiar face on the television programme Dragon’s Den, appearing between 2005 and 2015.

Bannatyne Health Club and Spa has over 70 gyms across the UK since it was first founded in 1997, and has over 200,000 members.

And the High Court has now ordered handyman Mr Plummer to disclose how much he earned for the three years before the accident.

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He is also requested to provide a complete set of his doctor, hospital, and treatment records, reports Mail Online.

The case has also been transferred to the Newcastle-upon-Tyne County Court.

John says that the accident happened in his local Bannatyne's gym after doing a press up as part of his warm-up.

According to the amateur bodybuilder he was also holding weights on the top shelf of a three-level weight shelf as he started his workout.

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But his legs suddenly slipped on the wet floor and he fell with all the weight on his left arm.

And John has accused the company of negligence, saying the floor was not only slippery and dangerous but staff did not safeguard the area effectively.

He says that Bannatyne's club failed to put up warning notices, cordon off the area, failed to stop him from exercising there and exposed him to danger and "a trap".

John's damages claims include the cost of treatment during a trip to Cambodia, and the cost of massage in the UK.

He is known to usually spend December to March abroad, according to court documents.

And the papers also show that John claims he had to put plans to take part in an over 50s body building competition on hold due to the accident.

However, while insurers for the Bannatyne Group plc have admitted liability for the accident on November 28 2017, the company disputes his claim for past and future losses.

The health club denies his financial claims, and values his lawsuit, totalling £229.363.93 at zero.

Bannatyne's famous chain is rated as four stars and prices start from £29.99 a month.

The former Dragon Den's star started his business career with an ice cream van and became highly successful, building up a string of nursing homes, a children’s nursery chain, and health clubs.

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It comes after signs went up at a number of Duncan Bannatyne gyms urging customers not to blow dry their pubic hair.

They were put up following bizarre reports of gym goers using the driers on their curly wurlys.

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