Our client, a fifteen-year-old high school student, was recently injured by a power lawnmower while cutting grass on a sloping hill. While pulling the lawnmower backwards, the boy slipped and his foot went underneath the mower’s cutting deck, amputating g his right big toe. The boy had been spending the weekend at the house of the defendant, who owned the lawnmower. The defendant’s son was a friend of the boy.
On the day of the accident, the defendant left a list of chores for his son to complete before he returned back to the house later that day. The defendant knew that both boys typically completed assigned chores jointly, and cutting the grass was on the list. However, the father failed to give any instructions to the boys regarding the safe use of the Troy-Bilt push lawnmower, despite the fact that the Operator’s Manual contained warnings against using the lawnmower on sloping terrain. Furthermore, the lawnmower included a rear grass-catching bag, which the defendant failed to attach before providing it for use.
Attorney Richard Jurewicz of Galfand Berger LLP successfully argued that the defendant failed to properly instruct and supervise our client. The defendant was deemed negligent and the claim was settled in the injured boy’s favor for $250,000.
If you were injured due to the negligence of another party, please contact the Philadelphia premises liability lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP today. Our legal team will review your case and advise on the next best steps. Contact us online or call 800-222-8792 for a free consultation today. Located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Allentown and Harrisburg.