Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means. It’s time to fire up the lawnmower. Lawnmower injuries affect more than 35,000 Americans each year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Most of these injuries are to the feet from contact with a powered mower’s blades.
Sometimes lawn mower injuries are caused by operator error. Maybe you were foolish enough to mow the lawn in your bare feet or pull a running mower backward toward your body instead of propelling it forward only. Other times, law mower injuries can be caused by defective products or someone else’s negligence. When that happens, you may be able to sue to recover damages.
Victims of lawn mower accidents could file a products liability claim if their injuries were caused by a defective product. How do you know if your lawnmower injuries were because of a faulty mower? Standards for proving a product was not performing as intended by the manufacturer include:
Sometimes victims of lawn mower accidents suffer injuries because of someone else’s negligence. Let’s say your neighbor mows his lawn with the deck facing your property. One day, you’re out in your yard doing some work. Your neighbor goes by with his lawn mower’s deck pointed toward you and throws out a large rock that hits you and causes an injury. You could file a personal injury claim to recover fair compensation for your injuries.
Powered lawn mowers are handy tools. They help you make quick work of lawn maintenance during the spring and summer when you’d rather be doing anything besides yard work. Lawnmowers may be useful, but they also are dangerous. There are plenty of ways you can get injured during the lawn mowing season.
Lawnmower injuries require immediate medical attention, regardless of the level of severity. Even the most minor scrapes and abrasions can turn into life-threatening infections without proper treatment. Visiting a medical practitioner for your injuries also gets them on the official record should you decide to move forward with a product liability or personal injury claim.
Another step you must take after a lawnmower injury is to contact an experienced product liability or a personal injury attorney. Your attorney can review your case and determine whether you have a valid claim. They also can ensure you get all the documentation needed to support your claim.
Time is of the essence when you’re handling a personal injury or product liability claim. Don’t waste a minute getting the fair compensation you deserve. Call our offices at 505-944-1050 or request an appointment online.
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