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Have You Suffered An Injury from Skechers Shape-ups?
Skechers Shape-ups toning shoes are advertised and marketed for a number of health benefits, including weight loss, improved posture, better circulation, and toned muscles. Introduced in 2009, Shape-ups are a fitness shoe with an elevated sole and rolling bottom, forcing walkers to use muscles in the legs, core and buttocks, simulating walking on a soft, uneven surface, like sand. As far as benefits, the shoes have received mixed reviews. Endorsed by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Joe Montana and Denise Austin, millions of people have purchased the fitness toning shoes in hopes of achieving fitness goals and health benefits. While some say the shoes are effective to help users get in shape without stepping foot in the gym, others are critical of their effectiveness. The shoes are not without controversy. Another serious concern is injuries the shoes may cause, both from falling, and from changes in gait due to extended wear of the shoes. Estey Bomberger is handling injury claims involving:
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Head trauma
- Achilles tendon ruptures
Fracture Injuries From Falling While Wearing Skechers Shape-ups
It is not disputed that the toning shoes create instability. A doctor who reviewed Skechers Shape-ups for Consumer Reports likened wearing the shoes to walking on a flimsy suspension bridge. A consumer who reviewed the shoes for About.com reported a broken ankle. Because the fitness shoes simulate the way a person would walk on an uneven surface, falls from losing balance while wearing the shoes are common. Users have reported foot fractures, ankle fractures, tibia and fibula fractures, femur fractures and pelvic fractures. For older and out-of-shape users, the risks of losing balance and falling are significantly higher.
Skechers Toning Shoe Injuries From Uneven Walking
Extended changes in gait can cause serious negative physical effects, from stress fractures to strained tendons. With any new product that changes the way a person walks, safety testing is essential, especially regarding the long-term effects of wearing the shoes. Skechers has not presented any testing or safety studies to determine the safety of their shoes. In February 2011, a 38-year-old Ohio woman filed a lawsuit against Skechers, claiming the shoes were responsible for stress fractures she suffered in both of her femurs.
Skechers Shape-ups Design Defect Injury Claims
Skechers is currently facing a federal class-action lawsuit filed in California that that accuses the company of exaggerating claims about the effectiveness of the shoe. The complaint also purports that the shoes increase injury risk due to the way the shoes were designed. Whether or not you found the shoes effective, if wearing the shoes caused you to suffer broken bones or other serious injuries, the manufacturer of the shoe may be financially responsible for your injuries, and all related expenses. If you have been injured and are considering a claim, it is important that you keep the shoes, as they are important evidence to your case. Secondly, talk to an experienced dangerous product attorney as soon as possible, who can help you protect your legal rights. Injured users should also consider reporting their experience to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Skechers Shape-ups Injury Product Liability Claims
If you have suffered a foot, ankle, leg or hip fracture from wearing Skechers Shape-ups or any other fitness toning shoe, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other related damages. The experienced dangerous products lawyers at Estey Bomberger are currently screening toning shoe injury claims. If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury from wearing Skechers Shape-ups, contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a lawyer. We are happy to review your case and answer your questions at no charge. At this time we are only handling injury claims resulting from Shape-ups shoes. We are not handling claims for any other brand of toning shoe.