A number of young children have suffered serious physical injuries due to ingestion, inhalation or exposure to laundry detergent pods. If your child has been injured due to an incident with a laundry pod, contact one of our Philadelphia personal injury attorney for a free, no-obligation initial legal consultation concerning your rights.
According to the Wall Street Journal, around thirty children a day under the age of six are accidentally exposed to laundry detergent through the packets used by manufacturers such as Proctor & Gamble. More than 90 percent of the more than 13,000 injuries in a year involve children under six years of age.
Warnings about the safety of the products have been issued by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Among the injuries that have been reported previously include chemical burns and even death.
As far back as 2012, there were incidents in Philadelphia resulting in reports of vomiting, respiratory distress and mental status changes after ingesting the single load detergents. These reports were made to the Poison Control Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
After the expression of concern by parents and others that the packets resembled candy, some manufacturers have made a number of changes to their product including more warning labels. However, children continue to consume them and get ill at higher rates than occurred previously with liquid laundry detergent.
We will review cases of serious injuries due to laundry pods to determine whether a lawsuit is warranted or financial compensation may be available.