The statistics are alarming.
Each year across the nation, an estimated 20,000 people are injured by lawn mowers and lawn tractors, with 80 of them dying and 600 others suffering life-altering amputations, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Tragically, many of the cases were the result of a design of manufacturing defects.
Ross Feller Casey has an unmatched record of recoveries in cases involving defective and unsafe products, including lawn mowers and lawn tractors. Over the past two years alone, the firm has recovered more than $400 million on behalf of its catastrophically injured clients in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Matt Casey, a founding partner of Ross Feller Casey, is currently litigating a high-profile Pennsylvania product liability case in federal court involving a man who suffered third-degree burns, and subsequently had his right leg amputated, after his Sears riding lawnmower exploded.
The 2013 incident involved a Craftsman ZT 7000 zero-turn rear-engine riding mower owned by Daniel Fassett of Towanda, Pa. After noticing the mower sputtering, Fassett drove it into his garage, turned it off and lifted the seat. The fuel tank had expanded. When he began turning the gas cap, fuel erupted and doused Fassett, setting him and the mower on fire (read about the story).
Lawn mower and lawn tractor manufactures are required to design and build their products with installed safety features, such as blade protection devices, to prevent users from severe injuries. However, these safety features often are inadequate to protect the user or fail to work at all, ending in disastrous results.
Some known cases include: shut-off switched that failed to stop blades from turning; fuel caps that were not sufficient to prevent gas from spraying and igniting; riding mowers and tractors, particularly so-called zero-turn-radius ones, that have tipped or rolled over even at slow speeds.
The numerous types of injuries that can occur from defective lawn mowers and lawn tractors include:
- Amputations and permanent disfigurement
- Severe burns
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Bone fractures and muscle and tendon damage
- Deep cuts or lacerations
- Eye injuries and blindness
If someone you love suffered injuries or burns from a defective or faulty lawn mower or lawn tractor, you need to contact one of Ross Feller Casey’s experienced product injury lawyers in Pennsylvania now for a free case evaluation.
At Ross Feller Casey, all cases, including those involving lawn mower injuries, are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that there will never be a cost to you unless a financial recovery is made.