Woman sues after finding insects in feminine hygiene pad

By Kyle Barnett | Jun 11, 2013

GRETNA – A Jefferson Parish woman is suing a number of businesses responsible for the manufacture and sale of a feminine hygiene pad she claims was infested with insects when she used it.

Elizabeth Caldarera, and husband Michael, filed suit against the Proctor & Gamble Company, P&G Distributing LLC, K&B Louisiana Coporation, Rite Aid and the Rite Aid Corporation in the 24th Judicial District Court on April 16.

Caldarera claims on April 24, 2012 she had a child and afterward bought Always Infinity feminine hygiene pads at the Rite Aid located at 8225 Jefferson Highway in Harahan. The plaintiff alleges that on May 3, 2012 she noticed insects, worms, bugs or larvae crawling around inside a pad.

Caldarera asserts that she went into a state of shock began hyperventilating, crying, became anxious and emotionally distraught for which she was taken to an emergency room for treatment. The plaintiff claims after the ordeal the box containing the feminine hygiene pads was found to be contaminated with insects, bugs, worms and larvae.

The defendants are accused of negligent storing practices, negligent warehousing, negligent inspection of products, negligent failure to give adequate instructions for safe distribution and placement of products, negligent transporting and distributing of products, failing to provide premises free from insects and failing to insure premises are safe and not infested.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for physical pain and suffering, medical expenses, mental anguish and suffering, medical expenses, mental anguish and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, fear and disability.

Caldarera is represented by Christopher H. Sherwood of the New Orleans-based Law Offices of Warren A Forstall Jr.

The case has been assigned to Division L Judge Donald A. Rowan Jr.

Case no. 725-989.

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