Riding lawn mowers are staples for homeowners with expansive lawns, farmers, or anyone else with a good deal of land. Unfortunately, as useful as these devices may be, they can be exceedingly dangerous under the right circumstances.
If a riding mower is carelessly designed, poorly constructed, or handled improperly, the resulting damage can be life-altering, if not deadly. More than 8,490 children visit the emergency room for treatment for lawn mower accidents each year, according to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Lawn mower injuries can range in severity and may include anything from minor cuts to loss of limb, depending on the circumstances.
To help prevent lawn mower injuries and to inform those who have suffered serious injuries, we’ve addressed the basic lawn mower dangers below.
Common lawn mower injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Deep cuts
- Dislocated bones
- Eye injuries
- Loss of fingers or toes
- Sprains and strains
The Dangers of Zero-Turn Mowers
While all riding mowers have the potential to cause serious injury, zero-turn mowers are especially dangerous. These machines allow for easier maneuverability, but their great power can make them hazardous for both the rider and bystanders.
As with other riding mowers, zero-turn mowers are especially prone to tipping and rollover accidents. If the driver approaches a steep hill, strikes debris, or if the machine is improperly balanced, the vehicle may roll, harming the rider and anyone in the vicinity. The mower might fling debris, or the dangerous underside might catch on nearby fingers, toes, hands, or feet, causing devastating damage. In a worst-case scenario the mower might land on the rider, resulting in fatal injuries.
I Was Injured by a Mower, What Now?
If you or someone you love was injured by a lawn mower, you may be able to take legal action against the manufacturer. Those who design, construct, and market these products must take care to ensure their product is reasonably safe and that all potential hazards are clearly stated. If they were in any way negligent in the creation or sale of their mower, they could be held liable for the resulting damage.
Whether you rolled your mower and lost an arm, or a mower malfunction caused you to harm a bystander, you could be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.