Shaken Baby Syndrome Lawyers
What is Shaken Baby Syndrome?
Shaken Baby Syndrome describes the resulting symptoms arising from the violent shaking of an infant or small child. Symptoms can be minor (e.g., irritability, lethargy, tremors, vomiting) or major (e.g., seizures, coma, death) and arise from intracranial injuries. Unfortunately, in many cases there is no external evidence of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Are the Injuries from Shaken Baby Syndrome Serious?
Yes. The injuries from Shaken Baby Syndrome can be fatal. Victims that survive their injuries suffer from conditions ranging from learning disorders to a permanent vegetative state. Blindness and mental and developmental retardation are also common.
Would a Fall Cause Similar Injuries to a Child as Shaken Baby Syndrome?
Unless the child fell from a distance several stories high, then probably no. Alleged child abusers often claim that the injuries were sustained when the infant fell a short distance from a sofa, bed or changing table. Studies show that short falls do not generally cause the type of intracranial injuries associated with Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Do I Need a Lawyer if My Child Exhibits Shaken Baby Syndrome?
If you believe that your child is suffering from Shaken Baby Syndrome, seek immediate medical attention and call the police. If there is sufficient evidence, the police will then forward your case to the District Attorney's office to prosecute the person who committed the child abuse against the child. You should also contact a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you sue the person who injured your child.
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Last Modified: 02-10-2011 11:28 AM PST
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