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Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma - Prevention, Tips, & Michigan Lawsuits

Our Michigan child injury lawyers represent parents of children who suffer Shaken Baby Syndrome, also known as Abusive Head Trauma. Too many times there are cases where a baby doesn't' stop crying, and due to the caregiver or babysitter's frustration the baby is shaken and injuries are caused.

Injuries From Shaking A Baby

Shaking a baby is very dangerous and can cause Shaken Baby Syndrome. Each year, many babies suffer serious injuries or die due to violent shaking. Shaking a baby is unsafe because babies have weak neck muscles and a fragile brain. Their brains are in the process of developing and are more prone to brain injury than an adult and in fact, injuries from shaking are not necessarily short term. The consequences can be catastrophic and long term lasting throughout their childhood and the rest of their lifetime. How long a baby is shaken doesn't hold significance either. A baby that is shaken for a second could receive the same type of injuries of a baby that was shaken for three minutes.

Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken Baby Syndrome can be prevented. Knowing how to prevent the abuse caused by shaking a baby is very important for all parents and guardians and we want to share with you a few tips on prevention. These tips were tailored by Michigan Children's Trust Fund. They include:

  • Never shake a baby or young child.
  • Know which actions may harm a baby or cause Shaken Baby Syndrome, including spinning a baby, bouncing a baby, or failing to support a baby's head when holding or playing with him/her.
  • If hiring a caregiver or babysitter, make sure they are a credible, responsible person.
  • Make sure that anyone who is caring for your baby knows how to hold and handle your child. Tell them to "never shake the baby" and explain that babies are fragile.
  • Know what to do if a baby in your care doesn't crying.

Know What To Do If A Baby Doesn't Stop Crying

Taking care of a baby is huge responsibility and one that should be taken very cautiously. If a baby doesn't stop crying, shaking him/her is not an option. Here are some tips on how to stop the baby from crying:

  • Check to see if the baby needs to be fed, changed, or made comfortable.
  • Make sure the baby is not ill. Check for fever, swollen gums, or any other indications of illness or injury. If these signs are present call the baby's physician or seek immediate medical attention. Give the baby proper care based on the doctor's recommendations.
  • Gently rock or walk with the baby.
  • Take the baby for a ride in a stroller or in a car seat in a car.
  • Check to make sure the baby's clothing is not too tight or that the fingers or toes are not bent.
  • Talk or sing quietly to the baby.
  • Offer the baby a safe, noisy toy. Shake or rattle the toy.
  • Show a child love and concern by gently holding and cuddling him/her.
  • Put the baby in a snugly, soft sleep sack that will keep the baby warm but will not bunch around the face like a regular blanket.

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Our own book written by Michigan child injury lawyer Lawrence J. Buckfire, "Little Kids, BIG ACCIDENTS," is a parents' guide to child injury cases in Michigan. It educates parents and guardians, in plain English, about the legal rights of injured children in Michigan. We'll send it to you for free!

Our No Fee Promise For Michigan Shaken Baby Syndrome Cases

We will represent you in your Michigan Shaken Baby Syndrome case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!

Contact A Leading Child Injury Lawyer

Our child injury lawyers have obtained significant settlements for injured babies and children throughout the State of Michigan. Typically, the settlements provide compensation for the child to cover future medical expenses, educational expenses, and other care.  The settlements often also provide significant compensation for the life long disability and suffering of the child.

Parents of children injured in an accident do have legal rights and should call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan child injury lawyers about your case. Our lawyers will start working on your case immediately, gathering all the evidence necessary to prove and win your case.