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People Injured While Wearing Crocs

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

Posted on May 28, 2009

There have been numerous reports of people, especially young children, getting their toes caught in escalators.  Most of these individuals were wearing soft-soled clogs at the time of the accidents.    Crocs is one of the most popular brands of these types of shoes.

The problem has become so widespread that one of the nation’s largest subway systems, the Washington Metro, has posted signs warning riders about wearing such shoes on its moving stairways.  The signs don’t specifically mention Crocs, but there is a photo of a crocodile.

One story was reported of a 4-year-old boy, Rory McDermott, who got his foot caught in an escalator at the mall while he was wearing Crocs.  His mother was able to pull him free, but one of his toe nails was almost completely ripped off.  Initially, Rory’s mother did not know what caused her boy’s foot to become caught in the escalator.  It wasn’t until someone at the hospital made a remark about Rory’s shoe that she began to put it together.

After doing an Internet search, Jodi McDermott discovered numerous stories relating to Crocs and escalators.  Reports have appeared across the country and as far as Singapore and Japan.

The reports of serious injuries have all involved young children.  In Singapore, a 2-year-old girl wearing rubber clogs, the brand was not mentioned, lost her big toe in an escalator accident.  However, Crocs issued a statement that escalator accidents are rare.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said escalator accidents caused more than 10,000 injuries last year, but there are few records of specific shoe problems.

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