Lawn Mower Accidents

Lawn Mower Accidents

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 220,000 people were treated for lawn mower accidents in the U.S. in 2006. Although the quaint old non-electric push mowers required more physical effort to operate, they didn't cause a fraction of the lawn mower accidents that the newer electric, gas-powered, and riding lawn mowers do today.

Injuries and Fatalities

Each year, thousands of adults and children incur serious lawn mower-related injuries such as:

  • Deep cuts
  • Lacerations
  • Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Broken and dislocated bones
  • Burns
  • Loss of fingers and toes
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning from a lawn mower running inside a garage or shed

Many fatalities have been caused by lawn mower accidents, particularly when children have operated riding lawn mowers, or when they were sitting in the lap of the operator.

Losses and Damages

If a lawn mower accident has resulted in an injury or fatality in your family, you are already familiar with the losses and damages that these events can cause. Medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost work or school time, lost wages and earning capacity, and loss of a loved one are all potential results of a lawn mower accident.

Common Types of Lawn Mower Accidents

Lawn mower accidents may be caused by malfunction of the mower, operator errors, or unforeseen circumstances, including:

  • Making contact with the rotating blades
  • Propelled objects — Glass, wire and rocks under the mower's blades can be hurled at 170 mph
  • Overturning — Riding lawn mowers often have a high center of gravity, making a rollover all too easy. Someone pinned under the mower may come into contact with the blade or be crushed by the weight of the mower
  • Riding mower running over the victim — often when a mower operator fails to look behind when putting the mower in reverse

Your Legal Rights

When a lawn mower accident happens, it's important to be aware of your legal rights and options so that you can take the appropriate legal action. Injuries and fatalities may be eligible for monetary compensation.

Contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced and trustworthy attorney who will discuss your circumstances and advise you regarding your best course of action.

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