Lawnmower injuries typically involve some form of laceration due to the use of a lawnmower tool, device, or vehicle. These types of injuries can often be the result of a malfunction, especially with those parts of the machine that cover the spinning blade. Due to the high speed of the blade rotation, these types of injuries can be very serious.
Other types of lawnmower injuries include:
- Lawnmower explosions or fires (especially with gas-operated lawnmowers)
- Injuries resulting from items flying out of the product, such as a twig or a rock
- Issues where the control bar or “off” mechanism malfunctions, causing the blades to continue rotating when they should be shut down
Lastly, some “riding lawnmowers” (such as John Deere mowers) can present risks similar to those of other vehicles, such as crashes or tip-overs.
Who can be Held Liable for a Lawnmower Injury?
In many cases, lawnmower injuries are the result of a product defect. For instance, there may be some issue with the way that the lawnmower was designed, rendering it dangerous to use or causing the operator to be exposed to risks. In such cases, the manufacturer or designer of the lawnmower may be held liable for injuries that are caused by the particular defect.
In other cases, the operator of a lawnmower may be held liable for injuries caused to another person. This can occur for instance if the lawnmower operator or owner used the lawnmower in a negligent or reckless manner. For instance, if they knew or should have known that their lawnmower was defective or needed repairs, yet continued to use it, they might be liable for injuries to others.
Are There any Legal Remedies for Lawnmower Injuries?
Lawnmower injury claims can be complex and can involve a complex mix facts and laws. Lawnmower injuries and accidents may require legal action to resolve any disputes or conflicts. For such lawsuits, a monetary damages award may typically result. The damages can cover losses like medical bills, hospital expenses, costs of surgery or medication, lost wages, and other losses.
In cases where a product defect is at issue, a class action or a product recall may also result.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Lawnmower Injury Case?
Lawnmower injury cases can require the assistance of an attorney. You may need to hire a products and services lawyer in your area if you need help with a claim. Your lawyer can provide you with guidance and research for your case, and can represent you in court during the process.