My client, Kestutis Remoska (DOB 9/21/1972), saw an ad for your slip resistant work footwear. He specifically sought out, located a local retailer, and purchased a new pair of your "Slip-Resistant Work Footwear" on February 23, 2021 to provide traction at work, especially with the usual snow and ice encounters in Cook County, Illinois. Prior to his injury, he worked as a auto transport driver, shipping cars by truck between locations. His CDL is now useless, as he is physically incapable of driving.
The very first time he wore them, 2/27/2021, he slipped and fell on black ice while walking his small dog on a public street. (there are no public sidewalks in that area) There were no apparent defects in the road. The sole cause of his injury was the total lack of traction.
As a result of your product providing no traction at all, he suffered multiple comminuted fractures of his (L) ankle, requiring internal fixation (surgical intervention). He cannot bear weight for 8-12 weeks. He has lost his job, cannot work, cannot drive, has no health insurance and suffers from acute and intense pain. Given the circumstances, his only recourse is a products liability/ false advertising suit against Skechers. We have a video immediately after the fall.
He received emergency care at Palos Community Hospital, and underwent his first surgery at Stroger Center (Cook County Hospital), another surgery may be necessary to further stabilize the joint. I've requested the pre and post-op x-rays.
Brand new footwear, advertised and sold with multiple written promises the package that they are slip-resistant, a disabling, permanent injury, and our only possible recovery will be against the manufacturer, namely Skechers USA.
I have hired a consultant who I believe will opine the tread design was poor, and the advertising and packaging promises constitute false advertising. Rather than filing suit immediately, (it typically takes 3 yrs from filing to verdict in Cook County, Illinois) we hope to settle this matter informally now, given the severe financial problems this event has caused my client.
Law Offices of Robert A. Kezelis
6151 W. 125th Place
Palos Heights IL 60463