Laundry Pod Injury Calls Inundate Poison Control Centers In January

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Wright & Schulte LLC Is Representing Families Of Young Children In Laundry Pod Injury Lawsuits Who Were Injured By Exposure Liquid Laudnry Packets.

laundry-pod-poisoning-lawsuit-detergent-pod-lawsuit-attorney-lawyerDespite safety efforts to reduce the number of young children being harmed by liquid laundry pods, more than 1,000 children were exposed to the single-load laundry packets from January 1 to January 31, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). Laundry detergent makers, including Procter & Gamble, are named as defendants in laundry pod injury lawsuits that allege young children are seriously or fatally injured when exposed to the brightly colored liquid gel pods that resemble candy.

The AAPCC has been tracking laundry pod exposure of children under 5 since 2012, when the products entered the U.S. market. In 2012, poison centers received 6,343 reports of laundry packet exposures. The number nearly doubled in 2015 with 12,594 reports of exposure. In January 2016, 1,009 children 5 and under were exposed to the laundry pods. Exposure means that a children had contact with the laundry packet either by ingesting, inhaling, or absorbing by the skin or eyes. Not all exposures are poisonings or overdoses, the AAPCC explained.
[aapcc.org/alerts/laundry-detergent-packets/, AAPCC, January 31, 2016]

“Our law firm continues to hear from families who have been devastated due to the serious injuries their children or older adult loved one suffered after their exposure to laundry detergent pods,” says Wright & Schulte LLC, which is representing families nationwide in lawsuits against Procter & Gamble, maker of Tide Pods laundry packets.

The pre-measured, single-load detergent packets are popular among consumers because they are easy to use. However, children who bite into or swallow the packets suffer burns, irritation, and drooling in the mouth, excessive vomiting, wheezing, gasping, sleepiness, breathing problems and corneal abrasions when the detergent gets into a child’s eyes. Wall Street Journal reported that at least seven children and adults have died allegedly after biting into laundry pods, including a 7-month-old Florida boy in 2013, who bit into an All Mighty Pacs pod made by Sun Products Corp
[aapcc.org/alerts/laundry-detergent-packets/, AAPCC, January 31, 2016]
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State and federal law makers have introduced legislation aimed at establishing safety standards for the laundry detergent products in an attempt to reduce the number of injuries among children and older adults. New York Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Queen), introduced a bill in November that requires detergent makers to change the color and design of their laundry pods to make them less attractive to children, to individually wrap the pods, and to sell them in child-resistant containers. In February 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate simultaneously introduced the Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety Act, legislation aimed at protecting children five and under from falling ill or suffering injuries from their exposure to laundry detergent pods.
[wsj.com/articles/another-effort-to-reduce-poisonings-caused-by-laundry-detergent-pods-1448915212, Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2015]
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The federal legislation was put on hold after a voluntary packaging safety standard was approved in September by laundry detergent makers. The new standard requires detergent makers to place pods in opaque containers so children cannot see the colorful capsules. Warning labels would be added to the front and back of the child-resistant container. The companies would add a bitter taste to the film that encases the detergent and the film would take longer to dissolve once wet.

About Wright & Schulte LLC and Filing a Laundry Pod Injury Lawsuits: Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced personal injury firm, is dedicated to the belief that America’s legal system should work for the people. Every day, the attorneys of Wright & Schulte LLC stand up for the rights of people who have been injured or wronged and fight tirelessly to ensure that even the world’s most powerful corporations take responsibility for their actions. If you’re looking for a law firm that will guarantee the aggressive and personal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. Free Tide Pods lawsuit case evaluations are available through yourlegalhelp.com or by calling 1-800-399-0795.

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