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Importance of Lawn Mower Safety

With Spring just around the corner, we will soon hear the familiar hum of a lawnmower.  However, despite the nostalgia that the whirr of a lawnmower may invoke, lawnmowers can be dangerous all too often people are injured with these common lawn care devices.  Lawnmowers are powerful machines with sharp blades that can rotate at 200 mph. Every year around 37,000 people end up in hospital emergency rooms with injuries.  Adults and lawnmower operators are not the only people at risk of serious lawnmower accidents. Each year 10,000 children are critically injured or killed as the result of an oftentimes-preventable lawnmower accident.

Some of the most common injuries in accidents involving lawnmowers and riding lawnmower are as follows…

  • Lacerations, resulting in permanent scarring
  • Nerve damage, including neuropathy
  • Amputations of the fingers, toes, and arms
  • Traumatic brain injuries – usually associated with riding lawnmower rollovers
  • Spinal cord injury – also linked to rollover accidents
  • Broken nose and facial fractures
  • Dental damage to the gums and teeth
  • Loss of vision due to ocular trauma
  • Broken and cracked ribcage
  • Punctured lung


Quite often, such accidents can be attributed to negligent and wrongful actions on the part of property owners and owners of lawnmowers. In other instances, accidents can be caused by a defect in the manufacturing and design of the mechanized gardening tools. In some cases, victims of harm due to the actions or inactions of others may be entitled to compensation for all harms suffered.

If you were injured in riding or push mower accident that was likely caused by a defective component or someone else’s negligence, please call McShane & Brady at 816-888-8010 or contact us via our website.  Let us review the details surrounding your accident and help you understand if you have a case.