As more and more reports of exploding lawnmowers make the news, many are left wondering what’s going on, and if manufacturers should be held responsible.
According to product liability law, the manufacturer of the lawn mower may be liable for any damages (including injuries and deaths) caused by a defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed product.
Bringing a product liability claim against a manufacturer is inherently complex. Luckily for consumers, personal injury lawyers generally take these types of cases on contingency (no win, no pay), and can consult with you (and investigate the strength of your claim) for no cost. If your attorney believes you have a strong claim, they will advise you of your legal options and may be able to pursue the claim on your behalf.
Riverside Native Injured By Lawnmower Explosion
In February of 2015, an 82-year-old Riverside native suffered serious injuries to his body when the lawnmower he was using exploded while in an area that was partially enclosed under his deck. Shortly after the explosion, he was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after neighbors who heard the explosion called 911.
Limb Amputation Blamed on Lawn Mower
In another similar episode, a man’s right arm was severed as he was mowing his lawn in Rockhill, North Carolina. 42-year-old David Wayne Plunkett, who works as a make-up artist and a sculptor in the local film industry, was allegedly preparing to use his lawnmower when the propane tank exploded. Neighbors rushed to his aid soon after, applying tourniquets on both his hands. He was airlifted to Carolina’s Charlotte Medical Center where he received treatment.
Minnesota Man Suffers Multiple Burns
In October of 2014, She Yan Chen, a 61-year-old Chinese immigrant living in Minnesota, sustained multiple burns to large swathes of his body when his lawnmower exploded, necessitating a nine-month stay in hospital in order to carry out a series of skin surgeries.
She Yan Chen, a 61-year-old Chinese immigrant was filling his lawnmower with gasoline when it erupted into flames. During Chen’s hospital stay, he slipped into a coma and was only given a 20 percent chance of survival. Nine months later, Chen was finally well enough to leave the hospital.
Think You Have a Valid Claim?
If you’ve been injured by a lawnmower (be it a John Deere, Craftsman, Honda, Husqvarna, Toro, Troy-Bilt, Cub Cadet, or any other brand), it’s in your best interest to seek a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in product liability law.
If you would like to speak with a product liability lawyer now, or would like a referral to an attorney in your area, please call Rasansky Law Firm today (toll-free) at 1-877-659-1620.