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Foot Injury Legal Debate: Who’s Responsible in Mishap Involving Bottle of Barefoot Wine?

Posted by on Friday, May 30th, 2014


Whatever you do, don’t drink your Barefoot Chardonnay while barefoot! In an ironic twist of fate, an Oregon woman found this out the hard way when she dropped a 1.5-liter bottle onto her foot and ankle, causing serious injury. This mishap is now part of a lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court and underscores just how costly a foot injury can be. Getting the proper treatment from a professional podiatrist can cut down on the expense significantly, though. You should not have chronic pain following a foot injury like this.

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Barefoot Chardonnay can inflict a lot of damage upon a bare foot!

Who Is Liable for Woman’s Foot Injury?

Jewel Strite bought her bottle of Barefoot Chardonnay from an Albertson’s grocery store. The employee double-bagged most of her groceries, but placed the wine in a single plastic bag, which ripped — sending the bottle careening off Strite’s ankle. Strite claims her muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves were injured. As a result, she suffers from chronic pain. The plaintiff is suing the supermarket that sold her the Chardonnay for $8.2 million to cover:

– $74,000 for medical expenses

–  $2.5 million for future medical expenses

– $276,000 for home maintenance expenses

– $86,000 for transportation expenses,

– $1.08 million for decreased earning potential, and

– $4.2 million for pain and suffering

It’s unlikely she’ll win the full amount should the lawsuit go to trial, but the case filing comes a few months before the 20th anniversary of a New Mexico jury awarding a woman $2.86 million award for her suffering as a result of a scalding hot McDonald’s coffee that caused third-degree burns. The judge reduced the amount to $640,000 and the woman accepted an undisclosed sum rather than wait for the appeals court.

Regardless of who is held liable for the foot injury, The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in NYC has a number of options for treating foot injuries, like the one suffered by Ms. Strite.

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The metatarsal bones on top of your foot have little padding protecting them, so this type of foot injury is all too common.

How to Treat a Foot Injury

Metatarsal fractures are something we see quite often at our NY podiatrist office. There is very little soft tissue to protect the bones on the top of your feet, so be sure to visit a professional at the first sign of bruising and swelling. We can confirm the injury with an X-ray. Before your appointment, you can relieve pain and swelling by icing every 20 minutes, every couple of hours. We can outfit you with the Aircast Ankle & Foot Cryo Cuff to reduce pain and swelling, with continuous ice cold water and compression therapy for six hours.

Most patients will also be immobilized in a removable plastic cast and advised to avoid bearing weight on the foot and ankle for a period of six to eight weeks. Removable casts enable you to participate in physiotherapy right away, which will keep you flexible and improve your range of motion upon healing. In rare cases, surgical fixation may be required for proper healing. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is outfitted to help you with acute pain and long-term therapy, regardless of which treatment method is needed.

Soft tissue injuries like Jewel Strite described can be treated in several different ways as well. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are the standard course of action, but we offer innovative technology to hasten your recovery. We can inject platelet-rich plasma into the area to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. We can also treat your soft tissue injury with Extracorporeal Shock-Wave Therapy (ESWT), a quick and painless procedure with proven success. Most soft tissue injuries can be resolved in six weeks, but you’ll find with our expert level of care, you are back to your favorite activities much more quickly!

NY Foot Injury Repair

Any foot injury is unfortunate, regardless of who is responsible. It’ll be interesting to see how the Barefoot Chardonnay case is resolved. In the meantime, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York if you have any questions about healing after a serious foot injury.



If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.