A Yorkshire man has been handed a four-figure personal injury payout after his new shoes left him with burnt and blistered feet. Chris Heleine, from Huddersfield, purchased a pair of Sperry Top-Siders in April 2009. Upon wearing his new Collective Brand branded footwear, Mr. Heleine noticed that his feet had started to blister and required hospital treatment. Mr. Heleine was required to return to hospital on a daily basis for a dressing change, as hospital staff believed that Mr. Heleine was at risk of infection. Mr. Heleine has been left with permanent scars on his feet because of the chemical burns he suffered.
Mr Heleine was awarded compensation for his suffering from the USA-based shoe manufacturer. The shoes were sent for analysis and the results revealed that the shoes contained a chemical irritant at what the shoe manufacturer described to be “unusually high” levels.
Duncan Lewis’ can fight for compensation payouts on behalf of clients who have suffered from defective footwear. The team are able to pursue two types of compensation claims: general damages and special damages. General damages are awarded to clients to compensate for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that arose from the injury sustained, while special damages are awarded to clients to compensate them for loss of income, travel expenses or damage to possessions.
Duncan Lewis’ personal injury solicitors are able to settle the majority of compensation claims in the absence of instigating full legal proceedings. However, in the event that court action is the only way in which to obtain compensation, the department will instigate proceedings, with a view to obtain maximum compensation, on their clients’ behalf.