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Family of City Worker Killed In Mower Accident Settles Lawsuit

Published October 28, 2010 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

A confidential last minute settlement has been reached in the lawsuit brought by the family of a city Parks Department employee who was killed in 2003 by a runaway lawnmower, reports the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Mass.

The 54-year-old man died from injuries he sustained when he was run over by a 6,000 lb. large capacity mower as it rolled down a hill. The man had stopped the mower and shut off the engine before the mower started to roll – he was run over as he tried to halt the machine.

His widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Textron, Inc. which owns the Jacobsen Company, manufacturer of the mower. The lawsuit accused Textron of selling an unsafe and defective product and of breaching its implied warranty of merchantability. The lawsuit contends the accident was caused by a defective parking brake in which the cable corroded and broke because the vinyl coating did not cover the entire length.

Textron denied any negligence and claimed the mower had not been properly maintained.

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, has vast experience dealing with wrongful death cases. If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered due to wrongful death, call our firm at 800-825-5529 or visit our web site. There is no case-review cost.

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