COVID-19 Notice: Malman Law’s staff is working at office & from home so that we can do our part to fight the spread of this virus within our community.Learn more
Please fill out the form below and a representative at Malman Law will contact you within 24 hours to discuss the specifics of your personal injury case.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Over the years, manufacturers have looked for ways to make household maintenance and chores as convenient as possible. From washing machines that can tackle larger loads to dryers that finish a load in less than one hour, the job of laundry has gotten easier.
One way manufacturers have certainly improved laundry is the delivery of detergent. No more guessing and measuring. You just pick up a pod for the type of laundry you’re washing, toss it into the washing machine, and you are done.
These packets, known as laundry pods, have become increasingly popular in households. They feature bleach, detergent, whitening agents, fabric softener and color protectants. The packaging melts in the heat, and they are colorful, fun, and extremely easy to use.
Sadly, these pods are popular for another reason: Poisoning. Over the past few years, more households have increased their use of laundry and dish detergent pods. Because they are colorful, toddlers and small children mistake them for candy or toys. As they chew on them, they ingest the harmful contents of the laundry pods, leading to severe poisoning. However, that is not the only risk associated with these pods.
In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued warnings to parents about laundry pods. It was made after four incidents in a single city occurred from accidental poisoning through chewing on the laundry pods.
After the CDC compiled the data, they found that from May 17 to June 17, 2012, there were over 1,000 laundry detergent exposures reported, and the National Poison Data System reported that 48 percent of their exposures were due to laundry pods.
Most of the children affected by these accidental exposures were under the age of five. The children under the age of five suffered extreme respiratory and gastrointestinal problems.
In 2012, the American Association of Poison Control Centers also reported that they found 6,216 exposures in that year alone, and almost 5,000 of those children were exposed to the same brand of single-use detergent.
A seven-month-old in Florida died after chewing on one of the pods in August of 2012.
Johns Hopkins researchers had been studying the effects of laundry pods and exposures, and they had reported an increase in eye injuries associated with single-use laundry pods too.
The researchers indicated that single-use pods account for more than a quarter of the chemical eye burn injuries in young children, and the numbers were increasing dramatically year after year. In fact, the number of laundry-related eye chemical burns went from 12 instances in 2012 to 480 by 2015.
According to the team, the injuries occurred when the children were playing with the pods and squeezed them tightly, forcing them to pop in their face and ultimately burn their eyes.
By November 2012, the United States Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a laundry detergent pod warning to the public. They primarily focused on the risks to young children and specifically advised parents to:
There were new requirements issued to manufacturers of these laundry pods to change their appearance so that they were not as attractive to young children. Also, the materials were required to be harder to tear open or less likely to burst if chewed on. The standards also require a bitter coating to the plastic so that it is a natural deterrent for children.
However, the public (and most parents) feel that the mandatory rules are far from effective.
If your child is exposed to a laundry pod or has any of the common poisoning symptoms after exposure, contact poison control or take them to the nearest emergency room, along with a pod sample, immediately.
Pod injuries and accidental poisonings fall under product liability law. All manufacturers in the country are required to ensure their products are safe for users as well as those who could be exposed to the product. Therefore, if a child was poisoned or suffered a chemical burn from a laundry pod, the manufacturer could be held liable under one of three theories of product liability law.
There are a few design defects to address with these laundry pods. For starters, the containers holding the pods were extremely easy to open (initially). They did not feature child safety locks, and could flip open and give a child access to the pods inside quickly. This design is unreasonably dangerous for small children.
Also, the pods themselves were defective. If a child were to squeeze them too hard, they could burst easily and burn that child.
Another design defect is the color and melting times of the packaging. The colors of the pods were intentionally designed to be colorful. While manufacturers did not intend for them to attract children, it was arguably a foreseeable risk. After all, manufacturers would know that their laundry pods would be in homes with small children, and colorful objects are attractive to young children.
While not always applicable in these poisoning and burn cases, laundry pods could fall under a manufacturing defect if the pod itself was manufactured improperly and bursts easier or melts faster than it should. Now that manufacturers are required to implement a bitter exterior, if the manufacturer did not include that bitter deterrent on the pod, they could be sued for a manufacturing defect that did not properly deter children from eating the product.
The initial pods lacked warnings to parents about the risk to their children. Any omission of this warning could be considered a warning defect. While most manufacturers now have the warning labels, injuries that occurred a few years ago may not have had warning labels present on the products.
As a result of the defects associated with these laundry pods, you and your family suffered a traumatic injury. You have endured the emotional stress, your child’s physical injuries, and the financial burdens associated with a sick child. You or your spouse may have missed countless hours of work caring for your child, and your child may have long-term health issues as a result of ingesting the pod product.
No consumer should bear the burden for a manufacturer’s mistake.
If your child suffered an injury or you lost a loved one because of a defective pod product, you may be entitled to monetary damages. These monetary damages are awarded through a product liability claim brought against the manufacturer of the product. They are designed to compensate you for your financial losses, including medical costs, lost wages, and more.
After a laundry pod injury, you may be entitled to compensation against the manufacturer of that product. However, it is in your family’s best interest that you contact a personal injury attorney with experience handling product liability cases.
The area of product liability law is very complex, and not all product-related injuries result in compensation. However, you increase the likelihood of a successful case when you work with an attorney.
An attorney can sit down with you and your family, review your injuries, the costs, and other damages. Then, he or she can assess the best approach for seeking compensation from the manufacturer or other third parties.
Some compensation you and your loved ones may be entitled to include:
To explore your options for compensation, contact the team that has experience with product liability cases at Malman Law. Schedule a free consultation with us now by calling our offices toll-free or contact us online to schedule.
They are very helpful, and when it comes to getting things done with your case I had the pleasure of working with Jason Kellerman he was awesome I highly recommend them.
- Britany Weaver
I’m very pleased to recommend Malman Law to my friends and relatives! I have to mention how efficient and professional in dealing with my case has been with everyone that I’ve been in contact with at Malman Law. Mrs. Sabo is outstanding as well as her secretary and assistant in responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. This firm has gone above and beyond to keep me updated and get answers to my questions at any time, weekends included! Malman Law rules in my opinion!
- Cheryl Wagemann
I’ve been knowing about this Law firm for many years through friends, referrals & advertisements, never I thought I would need their services because I believed things & situations don’t happen to me like this, long story short I was in a situation that I needed help & advice!!! In the right direction, I connected with the Firm & a very patient, understanding professional woman by the name of Margie assisted me in what I needed 🙂 Thank you I will refer as I was as referred as well This firm really does care!
- Elvira G.
I was rear-ended by a semi-truck on my way to work. I was transported to the hospital and my car was totaled. In the aftermath, Dan Petrich and Anna Schmidt from Malman Law helped me get set up with physical therapy and negotiated with the insurance companies to make sure the resulting settlement would cover my medical bills and a rental car until I could get a new car. I would highly recommend their services.
would do everything they could for me.
- Tony S.
I contacted Malman Lawafter my work injury. So professional from my first phone call. Mr. Malman’s investigator, Dan, came right out to our home. Everything was explained in detail so I know what to expect during this process. I certainly recommend anyone ever in need of a personal injury lawyer to call Malman Law. Truly the best!! Thanks, everyone!
- Devin Jones
Attorney Greg Lamorena was my lawyer when I slipped and fell. He kept me updated throughout the case and was always available to talk when I had questions. He is a great lawyer and could not be happier about my settlement!
- Annie Ong
Alexis was the attorney on my case! She kept me in the loop about everything with my case. If I had any concerns I was able to contact her and she’ll answer my questions right away. If you’re interested in working with Malman Law I would highly recommend Alexis she was GREAT. I would highly recommend Malman Law if you’re ever in need!
- Eugenia Cathery
They are so efficient and professional. Always available to help. Attorney Boyer was great and very good with my case. I really appreciate Malman Law. I gave them 5 stars because there is nothing higher.
- Omolewa Snyder
I have had an amazing experience with Malman law so far. From the start, Dan was super easy to work with, got me the medical attention I needed, and fast. Couldn’t ask for better communication. Neil Kilcoyne has been nothing but the best I could not recommend a better attorney. Malman Law is a 10 out of 10 law firm.
- Trevor Harris
Hi, I just want to acknowledge Jay McCarron, Kelly & the firm at Malman Law for representing me as they continue to work on my case. Thanks for keeping me updated & responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. I would highly recommend you and your firm to friends & family. E. P.
- Ernest Pitts
Alexis was the attorney on my case and she was GREAT. She made sure I was updated on everything about my case. I would highly recommend Malman Law if you’re ever in need.
- Ariel Fleming
I had the best experience with Jason and Jay attorneys from Malman Law they really went all the way to settle my case I’m telling you there just the best!! Recommend 100%!
- Carmen Rivera
Adam Meadow acted as the attorney for a family member who was in a car accident. He was highly personable and actively listened to our issues throughout the litigation process. He was able to get us a settlement for the reparations of the accident. We would recommend their services!
- Greg Gustafson
Excellent customer service and a great experience. Malman Law handled the whole process and it was very smooth. The settlement was a great success. I would choose Malman Law again in the future.
- Malak St.Clair
Helped me out of a big jam when my auto was hit twice when and the other drivers had no insurance. Adam Meadow is the only Lawyer I will call for helping me and my daughter.
- Devri Lott
I cannot give enough praise to the team at Malman Law, for helping with my case. My children were involved in an auto collision and the attorney Adam along with his paralegal Michelle worked diligently until the matter was resolved and my entire family was happy. I would definitely recommend Malman Law for anybody going through legal troubles.
- Adrian Lopez
A close friend recommended me to Malman Law. I currently have a case with them due to a car accident I had and ever since the accident they have been taking care of everything for me without me having to worry about anything. They took care of the medical bills & helped me get physical therapy right away. I highly recommend them.
- Vanessa Leon
Bella Feinstein, Jason Kellerman, and Terry Davey have been instrumental in helping me through many difficult situations. Not only did they work to get my mom a settlement, but they have also continued to help me through the legal process of relocating my mom to a different state. I’m very grateful for their hard work and good advice.
- Nyah Vuljanic
This law firm is the best they got me paid and Malman Law kept in constant communication with me which meant a lot to me I would highly recommend this law firm to anyone who. In the position, they are awesome sincerely. Jeff walker
- Jeff Walker
Mr. Kellerman of Malman Law shows compassion for his clients. Returns calls and emails promptly, he takes time to listen to his clients, and gather facts accordingly.
- Steve Acosta
Everyone at Malman Law made me feel welcomed and heard. My lawyer, Adam Meadow, as well as staff, kept me up to date and were more than happy to do so! I would highly recommend their services. Also- a plus is many employees are fluent in Spanish. My experience was easy and worthwhile.
- Adrianna Gomez
Dan Petrich was the best man for my case of falling through my porch of an apartment I rented. He made sure I got what I deserved not only $ wise but medical wise and that my hospital bills and Dr bills were left at a $0 balance before closing my case. I was definitely happy and glad I choose him. Thank you. 5 stars
- Jose Cruz
Steve Malman helped me with my auto case. He quickly responded and answered any and all the questions I had. My case was a success as well as 2 other family members I recommended to him won their cases as well. Definitely a 5 star!
- Meagan Cruz
- Eddie Villarreal
I am very impressed with Malman Law and my experience with Tiffany Alberty. She was very professional and knowledgeable. I appreciate the great communication and never felt out of the loop. She was very patient and hard working on my case. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks for the hard work and all your help!
- Madissen Miller
Malman Law is definitely professionals and skilled at what they do. Mr. Adam Meadow always kept me informed and never hesitated to answer my questions and was open to hearing my concerns. Wouldn’t think twice about referring them to family and friends. Thank you to all at Malman Law!
- Christina Ocon
Mailman Law, Excellent firm!! Tiffany Alberty and her assistant Margie Gallegos were super efficient and knowledgeable. Great communication—very quick response and great follow up! My case was resolved sooner than expected. I highly recommend them!
- Adriana Martinez
So glad I contacted Malman Law regarding my accident. Professional and caring. Thank you Mr. Malman. I most definitely recommend to anyone if you need the best to call Malman Law!!!
- Virgil Sanner
I really appreciated and enjoyed Yennin Calderon’s service. I called asking questions and she was so helpful. Not only did she answer all my questions and concerns. It was also a bonus that she was bilingual in Spanish! Loved the warmth she brought. Thank you!
- Jazlyn Caraballo
My experience with Malman Law was great. I worked with Attorney Tiffany Alberty and her assistant Margie. Both communicated what was going on with my case, explained the next steps, and got my case resolved early. I would highly recommend Malman Law.
- Ashley Jenkins
ALL FIELDS REQUIRED
2 years ago I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet
NOAH TAFFELPersonal Injury Victim