Laundry Detergent Pack Lawsuit:
Child Detergent Poisonings
In recent years, many laundry detergent manufacturers have introduced new packets or self-contained pods that contain the appropriate amount of detergent for each load. However, together with the rising popularity of these small and colorful detergent packs there have been a rising number of child poisoning cases that have occurred after toddlers and young children chewed on the pods or put them into their mouths, mistaking them for teething rings or toys.
Has Your Child Suffered Poisoning From a Laundry Detergent Packet?
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing laundry detergent pack poisoning lawsuits for families of children who have been injured after swallowing the detergent or having it enter their eyes.
These products have been manufactured and sold by a number of different companies. Tide Pods are perhaps the most aggressively marketed, featuring swirling colored stripes of orange, blue and white that are sold in bags or containers that often resemble those used to package candy products.
It appears that many devastating injuries could have been avoided if these laundry pods were not marketed in colorful packs, which often resemble toys or candy.
In addition, many families could have prevented devastating injuries if adequate warnings had been provided about the importance of keeping the laundry detergent packs out of the reach of children.
Financial compensation may be available if you or a loved one have been injured by a laundry detergent packet. All claims are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no fee unless a recovery is obtained.
LAUNDRY DETERGENT PACKET PROBLEMS
Ingestion of laundry detergent pods can lead to severe poisoning and eye irritation. Children or adults who are exposed could suffer:
- Loss of Consciousness
- Respiratory Problems
- Gastrointestinal Damage
- Vision Loss
Both the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued warnings about the dangers of detergent packets in recent months. Over the last year, health officials have seen an increasing number of poisoning cases linked to the packets after children gained access to them and mistook them for candy or a chew toy.
The packets are single-use laundry detergent delivery systems meant to be dropped into the washer. The packets are supposed to make washing less messy and eliminate the need to measure the amount of detergent.
But the packets have been designed in bright colors and made from shiny plastic materials that entice young children. Hundreds of children this year alone have thought the packets were toys or candy and ingested them, leading to severe illness and hospitalization in some cases. In other cases they have gotten the detergent in their eye, resulting in severe eye irritation and temporary vision loss.
The CPSC reports that it is aware of at least 500 incidents involving children and adults who were injured by exposure to laundry pods. However, the CDC says that it has tracked 1,000 incidents between May and early June alone.
In response to the growing problems with laundry detergent packet poisoning, the U.S. CPSC has recommended that parents:
- Keep their children from handling detergent packets
- Lock detergent packets up and out of reach and sight of children
- Call Poison Help immediately at (800) 222-1222 if someone swallows or chews on the packets or suffers eye exposure
LAUNDRY DETERGENT PACKETS POISONING LAWYERS
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating whether financial compensation may be available for children who suffered poisoning from laundry detergent packs. All claims are being reviewed on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no out-of-pocket expenses associated with hiring our law firm and we only receive attorney fees if compensation is received for your child’s injury.
If your child or a loved one has been injured by a laundry detergent pod, request a free consultation and claim evaluation to determine what rights may be available.