Footwear (or lack thereof) Injury Cases

This is a collection of cases in which the choice of shoe, or going barefoot, was implicated in a negligence injury lawsuit. Most of these cases are from the appeals court level, since those cases that are not appealed are rarely published.

The Shoe Injuries section contains only those cases in which the type of shoe was specifically mentioned in the case. In some cases it is also mentioned as possibly contributing to the injury, usually by the defendant arguing that the plaintiff was contributorily negligent through their choice of footwear. Of course, practically every other slip and fall (or trip and fall) case occurred when the plaintiff was wearing shoes, but in the vast majority of them the shoes are not mentioned.

Here is a PDF that summarizes the high heel and platform shoe injury cases. Here is a PDF that summarizes the flip-flop injury cases. Here is a PDF that summarizes the sandal injury cases. And here is a PDF that combines the previous three PDF files.

The Barefoot Injuries section contains those cases in which the injured person was barefoot, even if the bare feet may have had little to do with the injury. This list is pretty much a complete list of barefoot injury cases. Most barefoot injuries are either outdoors, or indoors at a pool or locker room.

In many respects, this is an asymmetric list. A barefoot case appears on the list if the word "barefoot" (or "barefooted" or the words "bare feet") appears in any sort of injury decision. So this is a pretty much complete list of all cases in which bare feet are even mentioned. However, the word "shoes", or "sandals", or similar words appear way too often in decisions to be able to get a complete list of cases. Furthermore, the type of shoe in a fall is rarely even mentioned, so none of those cases appear here, either. Thus, the "Shoe Injuries" section is necessarily incomplete, and can only be a small sample of cases.

Probably the most important thing to get out of this list is that injuries happen for a whole host of reasons, and seem to have very little to do with the actual footwear involved. Furthermore, whether somebody wins their case or not usually depends on, not the existance of the potential hazard or the injury, but what facts are available to prove culpability (on either the plaintiff's or defendant's parts).

Barefoot Injuries

In a Shop or Store
(4 cases)
In a Wet Environment (Locker Room, Pool, Spa, etc.)
(20 cases)
(14 cases)
Electric Shock
(7 cases)
(18 cases)

Shoe Injuries

High (or other) Heels
(26 cases)
Platform Shoes
(4 cases)
(34 cases)
Sandals (non flip-flop)
(34 cases)
Other Shoes
(18 cases)