Laundry Pod Poionsing Lawsuits Allege Manufacturers, Such As Tide, Failed To Adequately Warn About The Injury Risk Associated With Laundry Detergent Pods.
Wright & Schulte LLC, a law firm currently representing children and the elderly from around the country in laundry pod poisoning lawsuits, has learned that a 13-month-old Nebraska boy was recently rushed to the hospital after eating part a laundry packet. The highly concentrated liquid detergent pods are the subject of lawsuits that contend laundry detergent manufacturers, such as Procter & Gamble, knew or should have known that their products would injure young children who are attracted to the brightly colored pods that resemble candy.
The Omaha police reported the boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition on December 22, but has now improved. Lawmakers, consumer advocates, and parents are calling on laundry detergent manufacturers to make changes to their products to prevent injuries from occurring to youngsters, such as the Nebraska toddler, as well as to older adults.
[ketv.com/news/child-poisoned-by-eating-detergent-pod/37080682, KETV, December 22, 2015]
“Our Firm continues to raise public awareness over the fact that serious and fatal injuries can occur when children and the elderly are exposed to liquid laundry detergent pods,” says Richard Schulte, a founding partner of Wright & Schulte LLC.
Liquid laundry detergent packets have been on the market since 2012, and became popular because the single load, pre-measured pods are convenient and easy to use. However, exposure to the highly concentrated gel detergent can cause serious injuries or death. Last year, Consumer Reports removed liquid laundry detergent pods from its list of recommended products because of the danger the product poses to children.
[consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/07/the-problem-with-laundry-detergent-pods/index.htm, Consumer Reports, July 16, 2015]
The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reports that 12,594 children under 5 were exposed to laundry detergent packets in 2015. That number surpasses the 2014 number of 11,714 children exposed to the product. Children who have bitten into the products have had excessive vomiting, wheezing and gasping. Some have experienced sleepiness and breathing problems serious enough to need a ventilator. [aapcc.org/alerts/laundry-detergent-packets/, American Association of Poison Control Centers, December 31, 2015]
Last year, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate introduced the Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety Act (PACS) of 2015 to protect children five and under from suffering injuries due to exposure to liquid laundry detergent pods. The bills were put on hold after laundry detergent manufacturers approved a voluntary packaging safety standard in September for laundry pods. The new measure calls for laundry detergent makers to make the containers harder to open, place warning labels on the front and back of the container and make the container opaque to make it difficult for children to see the colorful pods. The film that encases the pod would take longer to dissolve and a bitter taste would be added to the film to deter children from putting the packets in their mouths.
[nytimes.com/2015/09/16/health/to-deter-poisoning-of-children-safety-measures-for-packaging-of-laundry-pods-are-approved.html?_r=1, September 15, 2015]
Wright & Schulte LLC is currently representing the families of 13 children who allegedly were injured after being exposed to Procter & Gamble’s Tide Pods laundry packets. (Case No. A14068580, Court of Common Pleas in Hamilton County, Ohio) The Firm is also handling a laundry pod lawsuit involving an elderly man who was suffering from dementia when he swallowed a Tide laundry detergent pod and died. (Case No. A 1500868, Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas)
About Wright & Schulte LLC and Filing a Laundry Pod 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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