Study Shows Laundry Pod Poisoning Causes More Hospitalizations Than Standard Detergent

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Wright & Schulte LLC Represents Families In Laundry Pod Poisoning Lawsuits Claiming Serious Injuries After Ingesting Laundry Detergent Pods.

Liquid-Laundry-Pod-Poisoning-Lawsuits-Wright-and-SchutleAs laundry pod poisoning lawsuits move forward in litigation, a recent study has found that the colorful packets cause more serious injuries to children under 5 than standard laundry detergent. Small children’s exposure to the candy like laundry packets have prompted the filing of many lawsuits. Atleast fourteen laundry pod poisoning lawsuits accuse laundry detergent makers, including Procter & Gamble, which manufactures Tide Pods and Gain Flings, of allegedly selling dangerous products that cause serious or fatal injury.

“This is yet another study that shows how laundry pods pose a danger to young children more than traditional laundry detergent. With the multiple studies and calls for package change we hope that manufacturers will do more to change their packaging to avoid further incidents” says Richard Schulte, a founding partner of Wright & Schulte LLC.

Wright & Schulte LLC is aware of injuries children can suffer after exposure to laundry pods because the firm is representing families of 13 children who ingested Procter & Gamble’s Tide Pods laundry detergent. (Case No. A 1502739, Court of Common Pleas in Hamilton County, Ohio) The firm is also representing the family of a 67-year-old Ohio man who suffered from dementia, and bit into Tide Pods packets and died. (Case No. A 1500868, Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas)

The laundry detergent study, published in the British Medical Journal in June, used data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System of all laundry detergent injuries from 2012 to 2014. There were 26,062 exposures to non-pod detergent and 9,814 laundry pod detergent exposure of children 18 years old and under. While there were fewer cases of laundry pod exposure, the outcomes were more severe. According to the study, children 5 and under had the most laundry pod injuries. Those exposed to pod detergent were four times more likely to be hospitalized than those exposed to standard detergent. Additionally, 71 percent of cases involving packets resulted in laundry pod poisoning, while 72 percent of non-pod detergent diagnosis were contact dermatitis, which is skin rash.
[injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/early/2016/06/03/injuryprev-2016-041997.abstract]

Consumers like the convenience of pre-measured laundry pods because one packet washes a single load of laundry. However, the product poses a danger to children because the colorful, miniature-sized laundry packet is often mistaken for candy. Biting into the highly concentrated detergent pod can cause excessive vomiting, coughing, choking, wheezing, and breathing problems, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. In 2013, a 7-month-old Florida boy died after ingesting a laundry pod, according to Pediatrics medical journal.
[aapcc.org/alerts/laundry-detergent-packets/]

U.S. lawmakers have been pushing for ways to reduce the likelihood of laundry pod injuries among young children. In 2015, the U.S. House and Senate introduced the Detergent Poisoning And Child Safety Act. The bills calls for changes that include more warnings on product labels, and a changing the pod’s appearance to make it less appealing to children. Besides the United States, Canadian officials are also warning of laundry pod dangers. British Columbia’s Drug and Poison information Centre reported that calls concerning children’s exposure to laundry pods more than doubled from 2012 to 215. [congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1139/text]
[cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/laundry-pods-danger-children-bc-1.3613321]

Recently, Procter & Gamble redesigned its Tide Pods and Gain Flings detergent bags to include larger warnings and a child-guard zipper to make it harder for young children to open. The package also encourages consumers to keep the laundry packets out of reach of young children.
[cincinnati.com/story/money/2016/04/22/new-tide-pods-pack-has-child-proof-zipper/83353394/]

About Wright & Schulte LLC And Filing A Laundry Pod Poisoning Lawsuit

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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