Laundry Pod Lawsuits Continue As Poison Centers Received 11,000 Calls in 2014 Of Children Exposed To Laundry Detergent Pods

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Laundry Detergent Pod Lawsuits Involve Children And The Elderly Who Are Seriously Or Fatally Injured After Being Exposed To Highly Concentrated, Laundry Pods That Resemble Candy Report Wright & Schulte LLC

Liquid-Laundry-Pod-Poisoning-Lawsuits-Wright-and-SchutleAs liquid laundry pod lawsuits are being filed due to injuries resulting from the products, Wright & Schulte LLC notes that more than 11,000 calls were made to poison control centers nationwide regarding children who placed the highly concentrated detergent packets in their mouths. Children are attracted to the multi-colored laundry pods due to their candy-like resemblance. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), 11,714 calls were made in 2014 of children 5 and younger having been exposed in some way to laundry packets. The AAPCC says “exposure” can mean ingesting, inhaling or absorbing by the skin, and not all exposures are poisonings or overdoses. Last year’s number of calls to poison centers was a 12 percent increase over the 2013 number of 10,395. So far this year, 6,046 calls have been made to poison centers as of June 30.
[aapcc.org/alerts/laundry-detergent-packets/, June 30, 2015]

“The AAPCC report shows that children are still being exposed to laundry detergent pods and it is important to continue raising public awareness about this issue,” says Wright & Schulte LLC, a nationwide law firm which is representing families in laundry pod poisoning lawsuits.

Liquid laundry detergent pods make up 12 percent of the overall laundry detergent market, with sales rising to nearly 30 percent to $873.5 million, as of March, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The single-use pods, including Procter & Gamble’s popular Tide Pods and Sun Products All Mighty Pacs, are convenient for consumers because they are pre-measured to provide the right amount of detergent needed to wash an average load of clothes.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that laundry detergent pods, which entered the U.S. market in 2010, are single-load capsules containing concentrated liquid detergent in a packet that dissolves when it comes in contact with moisture. The CDC and the AAPCC began tracking laundry pod exposures in May 2012. According to the CDC, the most frequently reported signs and symptoms of laundry detergent exposure includes vomiting, coughing or choking, eye irritation, drowsiness or lethargy and nausea. The Wall Street Journal reported that at least seven children and adults have died as a result of biting into laundry pods, including a 7-month-old Florida boy who, in 2013, bit into an All Mighty Pacs pod made by Sun Products Corp. Although laundry detergent manufacturers have changed their detergent containers to opaque to make it more difficult to view the pods, it’s the detergent’s highly concentrated ingredients that cause the illnesses and deaths, according to the Wall Street Journal.
[cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6141a1.htm, October 19, 2012]
[wsj.com/articles/laundry-pod-poisonings-piling-up-1431632747, May 14, 2015]

The firm notes that the concern over laundry detergent pod poisoning has reached Washington, D.C., where the U.S. House and the Senate in February introduced identical bills called Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety Act (PACS) of 2015. The bill directs the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to establish safety standards for liquid laundry detergent pods. The PACS legislation also addresses changing the composition of the product to make consequences of exposure less severe, applying specific warning labels and changing the design and color to make them less attractive to young children, who mistake the pods for candy.
[wsj.com/articles/laundry-pod-poisonings-piling-up-1431632747, May 14, 2015]

Wright & Schulte LLC is involved in liquid laundry pod litigation through one of its founding partner’s Richard Schulte. The law firm is representing the families of 13 children who were purportedly seriously injured by Procter & Gamble’s Tide Laundry Pods. (Case No. A14068580, Court of Common Pleas in Hamilton County, Ohio)

The law firm is also involved in the case of a 67-year-old Ohio man who was suffering from diminished capacity, when he swallowed a Tide Pod and died. Mr. Schulte also said the firm is handling the case of a Canadian man who lived in a nursing home and found laundry detergent packets in another resident’s room and bit into four or five of the capsules and died as a result.

About Wright & Schulte LLC

Wright & Schulte LLC, is an experienced personal injury firm and is dedicated to it’s clients and 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 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 laundry detergent pod lawsuit case evaluations are available through yourlegalhelp.com or by calling 1-800-399-0795.

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