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Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Young children—particularly infants—are remarkably fragile and can suffer lasting physical and cognitive injuries when abused or neglected by their caretakers. In the United States, Abusive Head Trauma (AHT), or “Shaken Baby Syndrome,” is a common act of child abuse that frequently leads to infant fatalities. Children sustain the tragic symptoms of AHT when their caregivers forcefully shake them or knock their heads against hard surfaces.

Contact the Richman Law Firm if your child has is suffering from the symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Our North Georgia personal injury lawyer can thoroughly investigate your case and work with medical experts to prove that a negligent and contemptable party caused harm to your child. With this information, we can develop a customized litigation strategy that can achieve your legal and financial objectives.

We serve clients in the following areas:

  • Forsyth County
  • Cumming
  • Lumpkin County
  • Dahlonega

We’re available to you 24/7. Call Richman Law Firm at (678) 829-2826 to pursue justice and compensation.

The Symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaking a young child can cause them significant physical harm because their neck muscles are still developing. The vigorous movement jostles the child’s brain within the skull, damaging blood vessels, nerves, and brain tissues. Sadly, frustrated and exhausted parents, relatives, and caregivers are usually the guilty parties in AHT abuse cases.

The three “tell-tale symptoms” of Shaken Baby Syndrome, also known in the medical field as “the triad,” include:

  1. Brain swelling
  2. Bleeding in the eyes
  3. Blood in the dura (the protective layer between the brain and the skull)

Less evidential symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Irritability
  • Inability to lift the head
  • Lack of vocalizing
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unequal pupil size
  • Inability to focus or track movement

Shaken Baby Syndrome can affect children up to 5 years old. Sadly, symptoms are most commonly found in infants that are less than 2 months old, which is the age children tend to cry the most. It’s estimated that 1 out of 4 cases of AHT result in a child’s death.

Children who survive this traumatic brain injury may suffer:

  • Impaired intellect
  • Blindness
  • Epilepsy
  • Developmental disorders
  • Memory issues
  • Cerebral palsy

When a child sustains a traumatic brain injury, the severity of the symptoms depends entirely upon the duration and force of the jostling. If a child is frequently shaken by a caregiver, they are more likely to suffer significant physical and cognitive disorders in the future.

Pursue Necessary Damages Today

A parent’s worst nightmare is being unable to protect their child. We understand that this is an incredibly difficult time for you. Even so, it’s important that you contact our firm to pursue damages against the liable party. As a result of the injury, your child may grow up requiring special services or ongoing medical treatments. Medical bills can accumulate quickly, and you and your child don’t deserve to suffer financially because of the actions of another person. A successful lawsuit can yield economic and non-economic damages that safeguard your financial stability and protect your child’s future.

Contact Richman Law Firm at (678) 829-2826 to schedule a free consultation.

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