11,500 Reports of Laundry Pod Poisoning Received By Poison Control Centers In 2016


Laundry Pod Poisoning Lawsuits Have Been Filed Alleging Exposure To The Candy Like Pods Seriously or Fatally Injure Young Children And The Elderly.

laundry-pod-poisoning-lawsuitPoison centers nationwide continued to receive calls for laundry pod poisoning. The calls were mainly from parents of young children who suffered serious injuries after being exposed to the brightly colored laundry detergent pods. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reports that 11,528 children 5 years old and younger were exposed to single-load laundry packets from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Exposure means contact was made in some way with the highly concentrated laundry product which young children mistake for candy or toys. However, not all exposures are poisonings or overdoses, according to the AAPCC.

Wright & Schulte LLC continues its efforts to raise public awareness about the dangers of laundry pods and speaks to families affected by this issue. Currently, the firm is representing numerous clients in laundry detergent pod lawsuits’ including one in which Procter & Gamble Company is named as the defendant. A docket entry for the case shows that a jury trial has been scheduled for November 2017 in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas in Ohio. (Case No. A1604810)

“We continue to receive calls from families around the country whose children or elderly parents with diminished capacity have experienced injuries after exposure to the brightly colored laundry pods that can be mistaken for candy,” says Richard Schulte, co-founder of Wright & Schulte LLC.

Poison control center experts say that young children who swallow traditional laundry detergent often have mild stomach upset as a symptom, the AAPCC says. However, laundry pods can cause excessive vomiting, wheezing and gasping, sleepiness, breathing difficulties, and scratches to the eyes if the strong detergent gets into their eyes.

The small, colorful laundry detergent pods came on the U.S. market in 2010 and soon gained popularity because the pre-measured packet washes a single load of laundry. The most well known products are Proctor & Gamble’s Tide Pods and Gain Flings, Henkel AG’s Purex UltraPacks, and Sun Products Corporation’s All Mighty Pacs. At one point, Consumer Reports placed laundry pods on its list of recommended products, but removed them in 2015 after reports increased of children suffering injuries after exposure to the packets.
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Legislators soon joined child advocates in calling for tougher safety standards for laundry pods to protect young children. In February 2015, the U.S. Congress and Senate introduced an identical bill called the Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety (PACS) Act. The proposed legislation requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission to establish standards for the liquid detergent packets to prevent children younger than five years old from getting injured or sick.

Last year, Procter & Gamble rolled out a redesign of its Tide Pods and Gain Flings detergent bags that included larger warnings and a child-guard zipper to make it harder for young children to open. The package label also urges consumers to keep the bags out of reach of young children.

About Wright & Schulte LLC And Filing A Laundry Pod Lawsuit
Wright & Schulte LLC, is an experienced personal injury firm representing men, women and their families across the country in product liability lawsuits, medical device lawsuits, and harmful drug lawsuits. The firm has successfully taken on large product corporations such as Skechers and DuPont, and has the ability to successfully represent families in laundry pod lawsuits. Everyone at Wright & Schulte LLC is dedicated to its clients and the belief that America’s legal system should work for the people. If you’re looking for a law firm that will guarantee the aggressive and personal representation you deserve, do not hesitate to contact one of the attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC.

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