Many Laundry Pod Lawsuits Have Been Filed After Thousands Of Children Have Been Injured By Laundry Detergent Pods And Some, Including An Elderly Man, Have Even Died From Their Injuries
In the wake of thousands of reports of laundry pod poisoning, serious laundry pod injuries and the filing of laundry pod lawsuits, the Wall Street Journal reports that Proctor & Gable and several additional manufacturers of single-use laundry packages or pods have voluntarily agreed to increase the safety regulations on their laundry pod products in the hopes it will reduce liquid laundry pod injuries.
Although laundry pods have only been available since 2012 and The Wall Street Journal estimates that over 35,000 children under the age of five have been involved in laundry pod accidents since 2012, which is an alarmingly high number. According to Wright & Schulte, plaintiffs claim laundry pods cause breathing problems, central nervous system disorders, depression, corneal abrasions, chemical burns, and vomiting. Poison control centers report receiving over 1,000 calls a month related to children ingesting the contents of laundry pods. Several children have died as a result of the severity of their injuries sustained after ingesting laundry pod gel.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Proctor & Gamble and the other laundry pod manufacturers have agreed to comply with safety regulations outlined by The American Cleaning Institute. These guidelines require the following changes to laundry pod packaging:
Pods must be opaque and difficult for children to open
Pods must be coated in a bitter-tasting substance so children are deterred from biting into the packages
Pods must be stronger so they cannot easily burst open when grasped by children
Warnings on external packing must be more visible so caregivers are aware of safety dangers to children
“While we are pleased that the industry is finally taking steps to address this issue, this action comes too late to help the thousands of children who have been involved in laundry pod accidents since the products were launched just a few years ago. And while the voluntary standards could prove to be helpful in reducing accidents, we believe that children would be much safer if the industry was required to abide by mandatory safety regulations.” Attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC
Wright & Schulte LLC is currently representing 13 families of infants and toddlers who where injured purportedly after swallowing, inhaling or exposure to the laundry pods. . The young children in these lawsuits range in age from 20 months to 5 years old, and are from Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina and Texas. (Case No. A14068580, Court of Common Pleas in Hamilton County, Ohio) The law firm is also representing the family of an elderly Ohio man who purportedly died after being exposed to Tide Pods laundry detergent. The man who suffered from diminished mental capacity, swallowed, inhaled or was exposed to the liquid laundry detergent pods which resulted in serious injuries, including his tragic death. (Case No. A 1500868, Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas).
The laundry pod lawsuits claim that unsafe packaging caused children and the elderly to become injured. Many of the laundry packages are described as having “candy-like” packaging, with bright colors and packaging similar to many popular candies. While manufacturers have tried to make the pods safer in previous design changes, children were and are still being harmed by laundry pod injuries at an alarming rate.
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. In seeking compensation for clients’ pain and suffering as well as mounting medical expenses, our nationwide law firm takes on large corporations to ensure that changes are made to safeguard individuals of all ages, and that there is justice on behalf of our clients.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 detergent laundry pod poisoning lawsuit case evaluations are available through yourlegalhelp.com or by calling 1-800-399-0795.