Florida Lawn Mower Accident Attorney
Our lawns seemingly need weekly trims, especially in the spring and summer months. The frequency with which we use our lawn mowers means that you and your loved ones are at a higher risk of accidents and injuries. Defective mowers can cause anything from deep cuts to serious rollover accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured while using a lawn mower, the experienced riding mower accident lawyers at Krupnick Law can help determine if you have a solid case against the mower’s manufacturer.
By the Numbers
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, lawn mower accidents affected 253,000 people in 2010. Of this group, almost 17,000 were minors 18 and younger. That same year, the commission reported that lawn mower injuries were up 3% from the previous year.
Lawn Mower Accident Causes
Ourlawn mower accident attorneys have handled numerous defective product cases stemming from the following:
- Walk-behind mowers: The rotating blades of these devices pose the highest risk of injury as defective safety switches can cause the mowers to propel forward. This could happen even after the handle is released and could injure the user or someone else in the vicinity of the lawn mower.
- Riding lawn mowers: Rollovers are the most common type of riding lawn mower accident, and the new zero-turn mowers are especially prone to it. If a mower tips over, it could trap the driver beneath with the blades still propelling, causing serious injuries. Rollover protective structures (ROPs) and seat belts could help prevent these injuries, but many older-model riding mowers do not contain these safety features. Some models also do not have a “no mow in reverse” switch, which is a mechanism that turns off the blades when the mower is in reverse – a feature that could help avoid injuring someone behind the rider.
Common Lawn Mower Injuries
Coming into contact with hot engines, flammable fuel and sharp, rotating blades can lead to a number of life-altering injuries. These include burns, bruises, lacerations, broken bones, spinal injuries and amputations. An experienced riding lawn mower accident lawyer is your best shot at obtaining the compensation you require from the product’s manufacturer while you recover from your injuries.
Riding Mower Accident Damages
Your legal protection after a lawn mower accident falls under your state’s comparative fault laws. Most states assign a percentage of guilt to the product manufacturer and to the user of the product. If you are deemed 20 percent at fault for your injuries, for example, the damages you receive from the defendant are reduced by that amount. Damages typically cover medical expenses, time off from work, permanent disfigurement, emotional distress and loss of consortium.
Contact a Riding Mower Accident Attorney Today
At Krupnick Law, our lawn mower accident lawyers are committed to pursuing justice for accident victims. Contact our office today to set up your consultation so that we can get to work defending your legal rights as a consumer and obtaining the compensation you deserve.