WHEN LAWN MOWERS ATTACK – Ethan's Story
Using a lawn mower can be as routine as bike riding or barbeques during spring and summer. But often, people find themselves in terrifying situations with these seemingly safe household machines.
Over 200,000 people, including 17,000 children suffered lawn mower injuries last year. The injuries included severed toes, fingers and limbs, burns, and eye injuries. And mower injuries were up 3 percent last year,
Each year, hundreds of small children are tragically injured by riding lawnmowers which flip over or back up with the cutting blades turning. On the average of once a day…. young children, typically age 2-5, are backed over and catastrophically injured by the rotating blades of a riding lawnmower.
Almost all of these children will suffer long-term medical complications, and some of the most devastating and disabling injuries from the blade contact injuries. 99% of these children will suffer long-term social and psychological complications from the blade contact injuries.
The operator of the riding lawnmower is usually a parent, grandparent,… sibling,…. relative or neighbor of the injured child. And….The social and psychological consequences on the operator of the riding lawnmower….as well as the family of the riding lawnmower back-over victim are also devastating.
The resulting injuries and medical complications and social and psychological consequences suffered by the victims and their families could have easily been avoided.
Virtually all of these accidental injuries could have been prevented if the manufacturer of the riding lawnmower had used a simple and inexpensive “No Mow In Reverse” (NMIR) safety feature.
“No Mow In Reverse” safety features prevent the riding lawnmower blades from rotating while the machine is backing up in reverse. NMIR safety features have been designed into all MTD/Cub Cadet riding lawnmowers since 1983.
John Deere and Toro began installing NMIR safety features in their lawnmowers in 1998. By 2001 riding lawnmowers manufactured by MTD/Cub Cadet, John Deere, Toro, Snapper, and Kubota were equipped with NMIR safety features.
Sears Craftsman, Husqvarna and Murray did not equip their riding lawnmowers with NMIR safety features until approximately September, 2004.
In addition, every year, individuals are tragically injured and even killed by foreseeable riding lawn mower rollover accidents. These accidents usually involve victims being crushed by the overturned mower. When riding mowers are used on uneven ground they can become unstable and roll over. Virtually all of these accidents could be prevented by a roll bar and lap restraint, and yet these rollover protection systems (ROPS) are not standard equipment on many mowers.
Today The Insider Exclusive presents WHEN LAWN MOWERS ATTACK – Ethan's Story
…… And How his lawyer, Grady Chandler @ the law firm of H. Grady Chandler
…. Grady has earned the highest respect from citizens and lawyers alike…. as one of the best Trial lawyers in Texas . and in the nation.
He has seen many innocent & hard-working people become VICTIMS of the Lawn Mower Accidents. He knows….Firsthand….that Riding lawnmower manufacturers have known that these injuries were occurring for over thirty years, but failed to install “No Mow In Reverse” safety features in their products until recently.
And because of their basic philosophy of “PUTTING PROFITS AHEAD OF PEOPLE’S SAFETY” To correct these defects …..Grady continues to be driven to fight for people who had been harmed by the willful or negligent actions of others..
It’s a fact that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has failed to create mandatory safety standards for riding lawnmowers. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), a manufacturers organization comprised of representatives of riding lawnmower manufacturers, only creates voluntary safety standards for riding lawnmowers. We all can make a difference. But we All… must do something!