Babies are physically and emotionally delicate and require very gentle care. When they are not properly cared for, studies have shown that severe injuries and psychological damage can result, causing lifelong hardship. Physical violence, carelessness, or recklessness by a caretaker can lead to shaken baby syndrome (SBS). While parents are sometimes the offenders, shaken baby syndrome can be caused by anyone who comes into contact with the baby, including babysitters, daycare workers, siblings, and other family members.
Shaken baby syndrome results when someone shakes, bounces, or otherwise moves a baby suddenly without providing proper support to the baby’s head. In the first years of development, a baby’s neck and spine are still fragile and can easily be injured. SBS typically occurs because a caretaker becomes frustrated with a baby when it is crying, screaming, or otherwise won’t do what the caretaker wishes. People who are found guilty of abusing a baby typically have a history of child abuse or are found to be suffering from emotional distress or substance abuse.
When entrusting your baby to others, look for people who are calm and balanced, and watch how they interact with your baby before you leave them alone. Avoid caretakers who seem to be suffering from a significant amount of stress from work, school, or personal problems.
If you believe that your baby has been injured because of shaken baby syndrome, contact a personal injury lawyer immediately to help you with your case. Someone may be liable for your baby’s injuries and you may be entitled to compensation for costly medical bills, lost wages from time off of work, and pain and suffering. Contact the compassionate, experienced Racine personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.