Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are treated in emergency rooms for lawn mower related amputations, catastrophic injuries, and deaths. Just this week, a 3-year-old girl had her toes and part of her foot amputated due to a riding mower defect and a veteran city worker was killed after being trapped under a riding lawn mower after it rolled over.
Rollover accidents are one of the most common accidents involving riding lawn mowers. The riding mower or tractor can weigh over 2,000 pounds and can easily tip over if ridden on an uneven surface or hill. When a mower tips over, the rider is thrown from the machine and could become trapped under the mower or run over by the lawn mower. In addition to lacerations from the blades, a thrown rider could also sustain head injuries, spinal injuries, paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputations and even death.
In the accident that caused the traumatic amputation of the little girl's foot and toes, the riding mower was not equipped with a no-mow-in-reverse (NMIR) switch and the driver of the lawn mower was wearing safety headphones, just like many tractor riders do, so he could not hear or see that the child was behind the mower. A relatively inexpensive switch could have saved the little girl from this serious lawn mower accident but many lawn mower manufacturers sell the mowers without the standard safety equipment required by law.
Our experienced Pennsylvania lawn mower accident attorneys are well aware that almost every lawn mower injury is preventable. Here at the Philadelphia Beasley Law Firm our successful product liability, and premise liability lawyers have already been awarded over $2 billion dollars on behalf of injured victims and their families and have received hundreds of settlements, verdicts, and awards in excess of $1 million dollars. Our lawn mower accident team works closely with safety and engineering experts to fully evaluate lawn mowers that rolled over and lawn mower related accidents to determine if the mower was defective or missing an important safety feature. If you or a family member were injured while using a lawn mower, please feel free to contact one of our experienced lawn mower injury team members at (215) 866-2424 for a strictly confidential and free, no obligation consultation.