True Guarnieri Ayer, LLP
Call For A Free Consultation

This Is An Advertisement

Is your lawnmower hazardous to your health?

A newly released study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, (published in the industry journal Public Health Reports) suggests that lawnmowers are far more hazardous than many of us had previously realized.

There are an estimated 6,400 lawnmower-related injuries each year, and each comes with a cost of approximately $37,000 in medical expenses alone.

The study authors analyzed eight years’ worth of emergency room visits and hospitalizations to arrive at their figures. They broke down the data by gender, age, severity of injury and type of injury to discover the following information:

  • The overwhelming majority – 85.2 percent – of lawnmower injuries are suffered by men
  • Children under age 4 were six times as likely to have a lower-extremity injury and 1.7 times as likely to end up with an amputated digit or limb as a result of a lawnmower-related injury than youths over the age of 15
  • Teens and adults (age 15 or above) were more than eight times as likely to have a hand injury
  • 65.4 percent of injuries happened to the hand or arm of the patient, 19.8 percent to the foot or leg, and the remaining 14.8 covered other areas of the body

These injury patterns suggest to researchers that young children are more likely to be injured either while walking/running out in front of a moving lawnmower or while seated on the operator’s lap, and that teens and adults are typically injured when reaching into the chute or underneath the mower to clear debris. The most common injuries found while analyzing study data were lacerations/cuts, fractures and amputations.

Hopefully this data can be used by product manufacturers to develop safer lawnmowers that will be less prone to cause harm, and to craft public safety and prevention campaigns aimed at stopping these particular types of injuries.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Rated by Super Lawyers | J. Guthrie True |
  • Rated by Super Lawyers | Rising Stars | Whitney True Lawson |
  • Rated by Super Lawyers | Rising Stars |  Philip Lawson |
  • Distinguished AV | LexisNexis | Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated | For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Kentucky Bar Association | 1871
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Listed in Best Lawyers | The World's Premier Guide
  • Super Lawyers
Email Us For A Response

Ask Us Your Questions

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

To learn more about working with us, call 502-783-7662 for a free consultation today.

Office Location:

True Guarnieri Ayer, LLP
124 Clinton St
Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: 502-783-7662
Fax: 502-605-9901
Frankfort Law Office Map

Office Number: