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Philadelphia personal injury attorneys report the injury of a 2-year-old Florida girl whose feet were severed after her father backed over her with a lawn mower. The child ran into her yard as her father was mowing the lawn. He did not see her, and thought his wife was signaling that something was in front of the mower so he put it in reverse. Instead, Ireland Nugent was behind him and the mower ran over her as the blades sliced through her legs just below the knees. Ireland underwent two surgeries and was scheduled to have two more last week.

Personal Injury Attorneys Remind Parents to be Cautious When Using Lawn Mowers to Avoid Injuries to Children

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, about a quarter of a million people are treated for injuries caused by lawn mowers each year. Parents using lawn mowers and other outdoor equipment should remember to adhere to all safety guidelines in order to avoid injuries to children and themselves. Generally, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children are at least 12 years of age to operate a walk-behind power mower or hand mower and at least 16 years of age to operate a riding lower. Here are a few additional safety tips.

Before mowing the lawn:
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  • Read the lawn mower operator’s manual and any instructions for using the mower.
  • Keep children indoors or at a safe distance away from the area you are mowing.
  • Check conditions and do not mow during bad weather, such as during a thunderstorm; when the grass is wet or when it is dark outside.
  • Make sure that protective guards, shields, the grass catcher, and other types of safety equipment are placed properly on the lawn mower and that the mower is in good condition.
  • When using an electric mower, use a ground fault circuit interrupter to prevent electric shock.
  • Never allow children to ride as passengers on ride-on lawn mowers or garden tractors.


While mowing the lawn:
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  • Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes with slip-proof soles, close-fitting clothes and safety goggles or glasses with side shields.
  • Watch for objects, such as twigs, stones, and toys that could be picked up and thrown by the mower blades, as well as hidden dangers.
  • If the mower strikes an object, stop, turn the mower off, and inspect the mower. If it is damaged, discontinue using it until it has been repaired.
  • Do not pull the mower backwards or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Carefully look for children behind you when you mow in reverse.


After mowing the lawn, turn the mower off and wait for its blades to stop completely before:
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  • Crossing gravel paths, roads or other areas;
  • Removing the grass catcher;
  • Unclogging the discharge chute;
  • Walking away from the mower; and
  • When refueling, stop the engine and allow it to cool.


New Jersey and Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys

The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling personal injury cases involving injuries as a result of defective products. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury attorneys and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you have suffered an injury resulting from a defective product or any other type of personal injury, contact the personal injury lawyers of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.


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