In August of 2012, a judge approved the $40 million Skechers settlement that had been reached a few months prior. Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission had filed a lawsuit against the California based shoe-manufacturing firm to stop overhyped advertising campaigns that claimed toning shoes such as the Skechers can help consumers lose weight, improve fitness, tone muscles and burn excess calories. To increase the impact of their advertisements, Skechers accompanied these claims with statistics supposedly gathered through scientific studies. However, further investigations into these claims revealed that Skechers had cherry-picked their results and the data did not substantiate Skechers claims. The settlement offers consumers a refund for the those who purchased a pair of Skechers Shape-Ups based on the false advertising claims, but does not address the hundreds of injuries consumers have suffered as a result of the defectively designed toning shoes.
How do Skechers Cause Injuries?
Skechers continues to insist that their products are safe and the reported injuries are not related to the design of the toning shoe. On the contrary, orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists from across the United States have openly expressed their concern regarding the design of these shoes. According to health experts, the shoe can put excessive strain on the lower extremities, resulting in serious injuries. Toning shoes like the Skechers Shape-Ups feature rocker bottom soles that are thick, curved, and very soft. Many consumers have reported injuries as a result of the continued use of these shoes.
Skechers Shape-Ups Related Injuries
There have been over two hundred injury reports filed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission related to Shape-Ups toning shoes. The shoes are designed to cause instability, Skechers claims that this “micro-instability” will exercise muscles and help consumers achieve their fitness goals. On the contrary, hundreds of consumers have found themselves facing injuries ranging from minor sprains to traumatic brain injuries. Other injuries that have been reported include:
- Ankle fractures
- Broken femurs
- Fall related injuries
- Dislocated joints
- Hip fractures
- Chronic back pain
Skechers Mass Tort Lawsuits
The Skechers Shape-Ups injury lawyers at Estey Bomberger are currently representing over one hundred plaintiffs in a mass tort lawsuit against the toning shoe manufacturing company. Although mass torts are tried collectively, each case is filed individually so that each case is also settled individually based on the damages incurred by Skechers Shape-Ups related injuries. Unlike a class action lawsuit, in which settlements are divided amongst a large group, mass torts settlements will ensure claimants receive the total compensation they deserve for all of the damages incurred, including compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced earning capacity
- Surgery costs
Consult a Skechers Shape-Ups Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed in an accident while wearing a pair of Skechers Shape-Ups, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Skechers and seek compensation for related financial losses and expenses. For more information on the pending mass tort lawsuit against Skechers or a free case evaluation of your potential case, please contact our offices for a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Skechers Shape-Ups injury lawyers.