At Saffren and Weinberg, Marc Alan Weinberg, Attorney and Kenneth Scott Saffren, Attorney are partners. The firm’s tagline is “The People’s Voice In Court.” They make themselves available via phone at (215) 576-0100 or by email on the Saffren and Weinberg website. Saffren and Weinberg provides a no-charge, complimentary case review and answers questions for prospective clients.


A Personal Injury Attorney can Help if Your Child is a Burn Victim

As a parent, you always keep an eye out to ensure your child’s safety and well-being. You’ve taken care of everything you can, all the boxes are ticked but have you ever wondered about their clothes?

Did that come as a shock?  Have you ever imagined that the pajamas that your kid is wearing could harm her?

The nightwear that you so fondly have bought for your little one might be flammable if you haven’t paid attention to the fabric used. If your child has suffered burn injury or any other type of injury due to flammable clothes, you can seek action against the manufacturer and the seller. You are eligible for a claim; a personal injury attorney can save you a lot of trouble if you need to file one.

The first and foremost thing you can do to keep your child safe is to become aware of safe child clothing and avoid products that don’t conform to the standards. Read about what children’s clothing are flammable and find what are the alternatives. It can help you make informed decisions and thereby protect your child from any harm.


What is flammable kids’ nightwear?

The problem is that not many parents are aware of the issue and thus, they may end up buying bright and cute nightwear for children without caring much about the fabric.

Did you know that children’s pajamas have to meet flammability standards, especially for kids in the age range 9 months-14 years? CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) has strict regulations when it comes to children’s sleepwear, especially what children between 9 months to 14 years wear when going to bed.

This led to manufacturers using flame retardants fabrics to conform to standards, but again is it safe? These chemicals used on the clothes are also harmful to children. Earlier, brominated Tris was used on children’s sleep clothes but, later on, they were banned after it was found that these chemicals could mutate your DNA and cause cancer.

Even today, there might be harmful chemicals used as flame retardants on children’s nightwear, and you would not even know. Certain chemicals such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs can cause severe damage to vital body parts.


Ways to prevent your child from wearing chemically treated pajamas

You can get two kinds of clothes that may not have flame retardant chemicals, one is, polyester sleepwear and the other, snug fitting cotton pajamas.

Cotton nightwear: CPSC in 2000 allowed manufacturers to make cotton nightwear for children, but they had to be tight-fitting. Cotton is flammable, but tight-fit clothes are less susceptible to sustain fire. It is obligatory that children’s night clothes should have a yellow hang tag that says that the outfit is not flame resistant and that it has to be snug.

To ensure tight-fit, buy the right size for your child. Such clothes will prevent your child from exposure to any type of catastrophic injury.


Polyester fabric: Since polyester is flame-resistant, no flame retardant chemicals are used or required. Polyester nightwear need not be snug and can be loose-fitting.

At the same time, read the label. It should say that it is 100 percent polyester because if it is not, then chances are that the clothes contain harmful chemicals.

You should also follow wash care instructions as using certain soaps may make it less flame-resistant.


Buy quality clothes: Ensure that you do your shopping from trusted brands or manufacturers. Today, hand-made products are very popular but never buy your kids’ clothing from such stores because small-time manufacturers may not follow federal regulations.

Young children might not always be aware of fire safety rules and thus might be exposed to dangers, when they are unattended. Close proximity to heat could also cause certain fabrics to catch fire.

So, next time you plan to buy nightwear for your child, check the fabric, label, and instructions. It will help you buy what is best for your kid and also keep them safe. You can also get more information on the website of CPSC.


Suffering a burn injury due to the carelessness of another is considered a personal injury that you can get assistance with, so do not try to deal with the hardships that follow a burn injury alone!

If your child has suffered a burn injury due to any of the reasons or products listed above, there is a certain amount of money you will need to cover the medical expense as well as there being an amount of money your case is worth. But, you’ll need the help of a professional to determine both of these.


Contact Us Today

In any case, if your child has suffered burn injuries from flammable clothes, you should not hesitate in taking action against the manufacturer and the seller. Consult with the personal injury lawyers at Saffren & Weinberg as soon as possible. Give us a call at 215-576-01000, if you have any questions related to personal injury.


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Marc Alan Weinberg / About the author

Marc Weinberg, Esq, is a partner of Saffren & Weinberg located in Jenkintown, PA, with main areas of practice in personal injury and employment litigation. In addition to these, he also specializes in wrongful termination, social security and disability law, homeowners claims, and property loss. His extensive trial experience has led him to try cases to verdict Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Delaware counties.

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