Abusive Head Trauma
Abusive head trauma, also called shaken baby syndrome, occurs when a baby or a young child is mishandled by a caregiver. Babies, as well as other children under the age of four, have not yet developed strong neck muscles, and babies lack the ability to support their own heads.
If a child is shaken or jolted, injury can occur to the neck and head. The jerking motion causes the baby’s brain to move around within the skull, which can damage brain tissue, blood vessels, nerves, and cause internal bleeding.
Effects of Shaken Baby Syndrome
When entrusting your child to the care of a nanny, babysitter, or other caregiver, it is important to choose a trustworthy person who would never mishandle or abuse your child. Unfortunately, this type of injury can occur, even unintentionally, as a caregiver becomes frustrated with a baby’s crying and attempts to make it be quiet.
Abusive head trauma can result in a range of long-term and serious complications, including:
- Mental retardation
- Cerebral Palsy
- Loss of hearing
- Speech problems
A caregiver who does not understand how to properly handle a child may cause inadvertent or even intentional injury to a baby through abusive head trauma. Babies who suffer from serious injuries may even die from internal complications.
If your baby has suffered from abusive head trauma, you may be able to pursue legal action against the party at fault for your child’s injuries. To learn more about your legal options, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to speak with a qualified attorney.