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Ride-on lawnmowers (including riding mowers, lawn tractors, and garden tractors) are commonly used for mowing lawns and fields and are increasingly popular among homeowners with large tracts of land who want to complete the job in less time. Due to their larger size and power, the rate of injury is more than three times greater than that for walk-behind mowers.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 37,000 consumers were injured in accidents involving riding lawnmowers and treated in hospital emergency rooms annually from 2003-2005.
Injuries to Children Caused by Lawnmower Back-over Accidents
The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that 140,700 children were treated in hospital ERs for lawnmower-related injuries between 1990 and 2004. Approximately 9,400 children under the age of 20 are victims of lawnmower-related injuries each year, with 25% of injuries incurred by children younger than 5 years. Of those, about 850 children are injured each year in lawnmower run-over or back-over incidents, two-thirds of whom are killed or severely injured while a riding mower is backing up with the cutting blades turning.
- Face and eye injuries
- Deep cuts/lacerations
- Soft tissue injuries
- Mutilation of hands/finger, feet/toes, arms/legs
- Total or partial amputation of extremities
- Permanent disfigurement
Lawnmower Injuries are Preventable
If you or someone you love has been injured, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.