Long-Term Consequences of Shaken Baby Syndrome
Shaken baby syndrome is the informal name for abusive head trauma (AHT) given to traumatic head injuries babies sustain when violently shaken. Young children have weak, fragile necks and large, heavy heads. As a result, when they are jostled or shaken their brains may strike against the inside of the skull, leading to damage including the destruction of brain tissue, popping of blood vessels, and retinal bleeding. To prevent this devastating fate, a child’s caregivers must avoid handling him or her with excessive force.
If your child has suffered AHT due to the negligence or malice of another person, civil legal action may be appropriate. An experienced Detroit child injury lawyer of Ravid & Associates, P.C., can help you recover medical costs accrued because of shaken baby syndrome. Contact us at (866) 644-6587 to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Effects of AHT
In addition to causing many short-term issues such as difficulty eating and irritability, shaken baby syndrome can have devastating long-term consequences on your child’s health and general ability to function all the way into adulthood including:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Speech impairments
- Learning disabilities
- Behavioral disorders
These issues can severely hinder your child’s growth and potential. Tragically, in some cases AHT may be fatal.
If your child was injured by someone else’s negligent, abusive hands, it is critically important that the offending party is held accountable for his or her actions. Contact the Detroit shaken baby syndrome lawyers of Ravid & Associates, P.C., by calling (866) 644-6587 to schedule a free confidential consultation.