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The health risks related to children consuming laundry detergent pods are widely known.

Despite years of poisoning issues pertaining to children and detergent, single-load laundry packs, including Tide Pods, were released to the public with much fanfare.

What followed should have been immediately obvious to the manufacturers, given their pre-existing knowledge of the risks associated with these colorful products.

In 2015, emergencies related to the consumption of tide pods skyrocketed among children, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Fortunately, when injuries result from contact with Tide Pods or other concentrated detergent packets, the victim and their family can have legal recourse against the manufacturer.

With the help of an experienced product liability attorney, these victims can seek compensation for their injuries through a Tide Pod lawsuit in Michigan.

The Health Risks of Detergent Pods 

Tide Pods are especially hazardous, given the level of concentrated detergent they contain. When these packets burst or are consumed, they can lead to serious burns and even poisoning.

While these injuries can occur to anyone, children under the age of five and the elderly are particularly at risk.

Child injury complications associated with exposure to Tide Pods include:

  • Choking
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory problems
  • Eye injury
  • Burns
  • Intestinal damage
  • Severe vomiting
  • Unconsciousness
  • Death

While some of these health issues can be dealt with immediately, others could become permanent or even fatal. In addition to the physical consequences of exposure, a person that comes into contact with Tide Pods could also suffer high emotional or financial losses.

With the help of an attorney, an injury victim in Michigan can hold manufacturers responsible for these losses through a Tide Pod lawsuit.

Government Response to Detergent Pod Health Hazards

Understanding the federal government’s response to the growth of Tide Pod injuries is important in a legal claim.

When the government issues an opinion or takes other actions that confirm a product is dangerous, it can become a major issue during a civil lawsuit.

The federal government has been aware of the issues surrounding Tide Pod use since at least 2012. In that year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a report regarding the hazards of detergent pods.

The CDC warning provides a thorough look at the risks of exposure to these products. Despite the warning of potentially fatal injuries, Tide Pods have remained on store shelves throughout Michigan.

Tide Pod & Laundry Detergent Packet Exposure Statistics

As of November 30, 2019, poison control centers have managed 9,284 cases related to laundry detergent packet exposure in children 5 and younger.

The term “exposure” means someone has had contact with the substance in some way; for example, ingested, inhaled, absorbed by the skin or eyes, etc.

The line graph below shows the number of laundry packets ingested in the United States from 2013-2016 in children 6 years or younger.

Laundry packets ingested chart - Buckfire Law

Time PeriodIngestions
1/2013 – 6/201372
7/2013 – 12/201361
1/2014 – 6/201471
7/2014 – 12/201470
1/2015 – 6/201574
7/2015 – 12/201573
1/2016 – 6/201665
7/2016 – 12/201652

In 2017, there were 12,299 calls to U.S. poison control centers due to exposure to laundry pods, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

The pie chart below shows the distribution of dispositions of estimated emergency department visits associated with liquid laundry packets from July 2013-December 2016.

According to the graph, a large proportion of the patients (89%) were treated and released, while approximately 8% of patients were either admitted or transferred to another hospital unit.

Laundry packets ingested injury severity - Buckfire Law

 

DispositionAmount
Treated and Released89%
Admitted, Transferred8%
Held for Observation2%
Left Without Being Seen1%

Seeking Compensation through a Tide Pod Lawsuit

There are multiple avenues an attorney may take when pursuing a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Tide Pods.

One of the most common is the company’s failure to warn the public about the risks associated with their product. Despite years of evidence of their dangerous nature, the manufacturer failed to take steps to address those risks.

Additionally, the manner in which manufacturers market these products is also problematic. With their small size and bright colors, many children confuse them with candy or toys.

Our attorneys help people injured by a Tide Pod to recover monetary damages.

Settlements are significant in cases involving children due to the severity of the harm and the permanency of the injuries. In fatal child injury cases, we will file a wrongful death lawsuit for the parents and other family members.

Discuss a Michigan Tide Pod Lawsuit with an Experienced Attorney

There is little doubt that exposure to concentrated detergent packets like Tide Pods can bring devastating health consequences to adults and children alike.

While consuming or coming into contact with these products is dangerous for anyone, the risks for small children is especially great.

If you or a family member suffered an injury due from laundry detergent packet, you have the right to seek monetary compensation.

Call an experienced lawyer at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. to pursue a Tide Pod Lawsuit in Michigan today.

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