A Fierce, Accomplished Advocate For Those Injured In Lawn Mowing Rollover Accidents
If you have arrived on this webpage after being seriously injured in a lawn mower rollover accident or after your close family member has been catastrophically injured or killed in such an accident, William J. Tinning, PC, can be a valuable source of information and assistance. You are not without hope.
I am attorney William J. Tinning, and I have been representing seriously injured people for more than 40 years. Contractors, landscapers and city workers who operate these vehicles on the job often assume they have workers’ compensation cases when they have been injured. This is likely true, but there are also often product liability aspects to such cases. A third-party liability claim against a negligent manufacturer or vendor may provide the level of compensation that an injured lawn mowing worker needs to get their life back on track.
When Defective Products Cause Accidents
When I encounter injury cases involving the same dangerous products, again and again, I feel compelled to find out why. With the answers that I find, I hold negligent manufacturers and other responsible parties accountable.
In particular, there is a gap in regulation regarding ride-in, zero-turn lawn mowers and their rollover bars. The rollover bar should prevent the machine from rolling over on top of the operator. These lawn mowers also have an automatic shut-off trigger that should stop the blades from turning when an operator isn’t in the seat. Many rollover accidents could have been prevented if the rollover bars had been functioning correctly.
However, in many cases, rollover bars are collapsible. When they do not hold their shape, the bars don’t trigger the automatic shut-off switches as they should. The manufacturers don’t extend the protective feature to the rollover bar, with the result that blades may continue turning when a mower rolls over on a slippery slope or a lawn surface with a steep incline. My team often finds that companies have taken advantage of a gap in regulation to keep making unsafe riding mowers.
Once we determine the causes of accidents, I work hard to recover the compensation that my clients need to put their lives back together after being injured. Furthermore, my clients’ successful cases may influence lawn mower manufacturing standards.
About Lawn Mower Rollover Accidents
It is tragic when landscape workers suffer serious injuries simply while doing their jobs. These individuals, if they survive, need compensation to cover:
- Medical expenses
- Therapy and durable medical equipment
- Lost wage replacement
- Pain and suffering
When fatalities occur, surviving family members need financial resources for funerals, burials and lost wage replacement, as well as loss of companionship. My firm develops compelling wrong death claims in such cases.
My dedicated personal injury staff members and I examine every detail of every case in search of the keys to recovery for our clients who have been injured or lost loved ones in lawn mower rollover accidents. We gather evidence about the circumstances of the accidents, the design and manufacturing integrity of the machines and, when relevant, the on-the-job safety protocols and safety measures or the lack thereof.
Did a manufacturer skimp on the construction of a rollover bar or automatic shut-off mechanism of the riding lawn mower? Did a contracting agency neglect to inform mowers of dangerous places on their golf courses and other properties? Were the mowers properly trained and if not, who should have been responsible to train them but did not?
In addition to the work that we do to hold manufacturers responsible, we stay on top of other complicating factors such as workers’ compensation liens. Such liens threaten our clients’ total financial recovery in many cases. We act to stop the bleeding of our clients’ much-needed financial resources.