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October 18, 2012
A 4-year-old Licking County, Ohio, boy was left in critical condition after he was involved in an accident with a lawnmower earlier this week. The Columbus Dispatch says the incident occurred Monday at a residence in Harrison Township.
Deputies with the Licking County Sheriff’s Department explained the 43-year-old owner of the home where the accident occurred was mowing his lawn when his neighbor’s young son wandered into his yard. The man didn’t see the child and began to back his riding lawn mower up. He hit the young boy, causing Catastrophic Injuries to the child’s legs, including an amputated foot.
The homeowner immediately called 911 and the child was airlifted to a local hospital to receive treatment.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates in 2010, more than 235,000 adults and 17,000 children in the U.S. were injured by lawn mowers.
Accidents like this often leave parents wondering how they can prevent a similar accident from occurring to their child. Experts say the best prevention tool is supervision. Never allow a child under the age of 13-years-old to operate or be within 50-feet of a running piece of lawn equipment. Also, never allow a child to be a passenger on a riding lawnmower.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy understand the dangers associated with the use of lawnmowers and other yard equipment and hope these simple tips will help keep you and your family safe.
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