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The Long-term Effects of Shaken Baby Syndrome
Although shaken baby syndrome (abusive head trauma or AHT) is commonly associated with child abuse or an accidental injury when a parent tries to console a crying child, it may also arise due to the negligence of a medical professional during the delivery of a child. AHT can cause serious and often long-term health complications in children, and tragically it may prove to be fatal. The combination of weak necks and heavy heads put newborns at severe risk of shaken baby syndrome.
If your doctor or other medical professional acted negligently in the delivery room and either dropped, shook, or mishandled your child, causing shaken baby syndrome, you may wish to consider pursuing financial compensation through a civil lawsuit. For more information about your legal options, contact the Cedar Rapids birth injury lawyers of Leehey Olson Law, P.C., at (319) 294-4424 today.
Representative Health Concerns Associated with AHT
There are a number of short-term side effects to shaken baby syndrome, but there can be even more serious long-term consequences. Some of the most common long-term effects of this condition include the following:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Difficulty speaking
- Learning disabilities
- Hearing loss
- Behavioral problems
These consequences can impact every area of your child’s life and may prevent your child from reaching his or her full physical or mental potential. A successful legal action can help you to obtain financial compensation to address related medical bills, therapy costs, and other damages.
As you cope with the trauma that your child has suffered at the hands of a negligent medical professional, you should not also be burdened by substantial medical bills. We can help. Contact the Cedar Rapids medical malpractice attorneys of Leehey Olson Law, P.C., by calling (319) 294-4424 to discuss the particular details of your situation with a compassionate and committed lawyer.