More than 60 people are now being represented by a San Diego law firm in a mass tort case against shoe maker Skechers, with 49 others waiting to join the suit.
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Steve Estey, an attorney for Estey & Bomberger, LLP, told 10News their clients claim they suffered serious bodily injuries while wearing the Skechers Shape-ups shoes.
"Head trauma, to broken hips, to broken femurs, to... broken ankles," said Estey.
Estey said the worst case is a brain injury.
"The medical bills are about a million dollars," he said.
This case is separate from the $40 million settlement Skechers reached with the Federal Trade Commission over claims of false advertising.
It is considered a mass tort, which means unlike a class action where everyone wins the same amount, each plaintiff would receive an individual settlement based on their case. However, like a class action, the mass tort will be tried all at once to alleviate the burden on the court.
"After this broke about the FTC fine, I think we've got 10 or 15 new cases in the last 24 hours," said Estey.
10News spoke with one client over the phone from her home in Ontario.
"I broke my hip, my right hip, my femur and I have a stress fracture on my pelvis," said Renee Campos.
Campos said she wore her Shape-ups for two years before she claims she fell inside her home in January of last year.
"I don't know if I am going to be able to continue my career," she said. "These injuries have changed my life forever."
The case has been assigned a judge out of Los Angeles County Superior Court and will take at least 18 months to go to trial and could involve countless more clients.
"We want them to accept responsibility and compensate our clients for their injuries," said Estey.
To be eligible for a refund, claims can be submitted at skecherssettlement.com"
, or by calling (866) 325-4186
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