A man whose feet erupted in blisters due to the high irritant content in a new pair of shoes has settled his foot injury compensation claim against the makers in an out-of-court compensation settlement.
Chris Heleine (51) from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, had bought the Sperry Top-Siders shoes from the Leeds branch of Hip Menswear in April 2009 before going on vacation to Spain. However, within hours of donning the shoes, his feet had erupted into big blisters and he was rushed to hospital.
Medical staff at the hospital in Menorca burst the blisters and drained the fluid that had collected underneath but, following the initial treatment, Chris had to return to the hospital each day for a week to have his dressing changed as the high humidity in Menorca could have resulted in both feet becoming infected.
On his return to the UK, Chris took legal guidance, and his solicitors arranged to have the chemical content of the shoes analysed. The results of the analysis showed unusually high levels of 2-Mercaptobenzothiazole – a classified irritant and the causing factor of Chris´ blisters.
Chris took a foot injury compensation claim against the manufacturers of the shoes – American company Collective Brands – and, after they carried out their own independent chemical analysis, the company admitted liability for Chris´ injuries and paid a four-figure sum in settlement of the foot injury compensation claim.