Most Common Injuries Associated With Shape-Ups
A new brand of Skechers athletic shoes has caused dozens of consumers serious muscle and tendon injuries and bone fractures in recent months. Skechers “Shape-Ups” are a special type of toning shoe which was released in 2009. The company claims that the shoes increase lower-body strength and muscle tone just by wearing them, reducing or eliminating the need for the user to conduct formal workouts in a gym or weight room. Earlier this year, ABC’s Good Morning America reported an Ohio woman, 38 year old Holly Ward, who filed a law suit against the company after suffering a long-term hip injury. Skechers’ corporate website has not released an official statement addressing the matter, and there has been no effort made by the company to implement a recall or discontinuation of the product. The most common injury types which occur from wearing these shoes are foot injuries, ankle fracture injuries, Achilles tendon injuries, broken leg injuries, hip injuries, or any other injuries sustained from a fall. Far and away the two most common injuries from the shoes are hip fractures and dislocations or ankle fractures.
Reports of Recent Injuries
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that within the last four months, over 80 incidents have occurred where a person was seriously hurt or injured while wearing Skechers Shape-Ups. The company sells the brand to the consumer as being a comfortable shoe that can be worn throughout the day, so the user burns more calories while doing normal daily activities such as walking. Many of the recently reported injuries have occurred while victims have been walking, working, or completing errands such as walking to the mailbox.
Skechers Toning Shoes Injury Demographics
The majority of reported incidents have been women over the age of 40 although several men have experienced the same type of injuries. Skechers’ response to each claim on the CPSC’s website has been the same: they deny that they are responsible for any injury caused by their product, and it is up to the consumer to carefully read and follow the instructions to ensure that injuries do not occur. Additionally, there is no subsequent evidence that the company performed adequate testing on their product to make sure the shoes were not harmful to consumers before putting them on the market.
Skechers Shape-Ups Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has experienced any of these kinds of injuries as a result of wearing Skechers Toning shoes, contact us today for a free consultation. The Skechers shape up injury lawyers at Estey and Bomberger have an impressive track record of consistently high settlements and verdicts for their clients. Over the past two decades, the attorneys at Estey and Bomberger have received numerous awards that acknowledge their impressive results. Estey and Bomberger has an AV Martindale Hubbell rating which is the highest rating available. They have been nominated as Super Lawyers and have received outstanding trial lawyer awards. Our defective product attorneys are highly experienced in every practice area and the client will not owe any service fees if the case wins. It is important to note that the frequency of these injuries from Skechers Toning shoes is likely much higher than has been reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. If you have been a victim of any of these injuries contact Estey Bomberger to schedule a free and confidential attorney consultation.