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
- Lumpkin County
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:
- Brain swelling
- Bleeding in the eyes
- Blood in the dura (the protective layer between the brain and the skull)
Less evidential symptoms include:
- Inability to lift the head
- Lack of vocalizing
- 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
- 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.