Shaken Baby Syndrome

Sumter Safety Group Teaches Local Parents About Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Dangers with Shaken Baby Syndrome

TBI AttorneyShaken Baby Syndrome is a form of traumatic brain injury in very young children caused by forcibly shaking the infant or toddler, which can rattle the brain in the skull and bruise parts of the brain and meninges, and destroy brain cells. This form of child abuse is most often perpetrated by frustrated caregivers, especially parents.

Safe Kids Sumter County now has a new tool to help educate parents about the exact dangers of shaken baby syndrome, especially the severity of the head trauma. The group obtained a RealCare Shaken Baby Simulator is a doll with LEDs that light up to illustrate the specific areas of the child’s brain that suffer damage, in real time, when the doll is shaken. Safe Kids hopes that, when parents see exactly how harmful it can be to shake their children, they will take steps to ensure they prevent concussions or head trauma in their babies.

“I’m hoping that it provides a visual for families to see the impact,” said Heidi Aakjer, the state manager for Safe Kids. “It’s just another tool to assist in educating families about the seriousness of shaking babies and how it’s easily prevented.”

A list from the Centers for Disease Control said that inconsolable crying is often a trigger of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Frustrated and scared parents or caregivers have a kneejerk violent reaction when they cannot solve their child’s crying.

“If you’ve ever been around a baby who won’t stop crying, you likely know that there is potential to get frustrated,” reads the report. “The key here is that crying is normal and is not the problem. The problem is how caregivers respond to a baby’s cry.”

“The bottom line is that vigorously shaking a baby can be fatal or result in a permanent disability,” the report continues, adding that shaken baby syndrome is the leading cause of child abuse deaths in the United States.

“Babies cry, and sometimes people do not know how to handle that,” said Cheryl Jackson, a licensed practical nurse at Tuomey Healthcare System and the coordinator for Safe Kids Sumter County. “That can be where the shaking comes from. We want to keep babies alive and safe in Sumter County.”

Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury Tied to Shaken Baby Syndrome

Young children and individuals over 75 years of age are also more susceptible to head injury, largely due to falls around the home. Violent shaking of an infant or toddler is another significant cause for traumatic brain injuries in children. The leading causes of TBI among adolescents and adults are automobile and motorcycle accidents, though injuries that occur during violent crimes are also a major source.

Symptoms of concussion or traumatic brain injury after a baby is shaken include: bruising, swelling, and bleeding.  These injuries can lead to permanent, severe brain damage, or death. Injuries – including bleeding in the brain and retina, damage to the spinal cord and neck, and fractures of the ribs and bones – may not be immediately noticeable. Symptoms of shaken baby syndrome include extreme irritability, lethargy, poor feeding, breathing problems, convulsions, vomiting, and pale or bluish skin.

The Strom Law Firm Defends Victims of Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury Caused by Negligence

People who suffer from traumatic brain injury need  experienced legal representation to pursue their case. Brain injury litigation is very complex and unique. Getting fair compensation requires lawyers that are experienced, and familiar with the medical and legal issues involved. If you believe that you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury due to another person’s or business’s negligence, please contact us in Columbia, South Carolina, for a free consultation. 803.252.4800


Burn Injury Victims

Are You Suffering Through A Burn Injury?

Burn Injury AttorneyYou’ve probably experienced a burn at some point in your life–just by doing normal activities. Whether it’s a sunburn, burn from hot glue gun, cooking burn, or even burn from dropping coffee on your lap when you’re running late and being clumsy, you know how painful a burn can be. Now imagine a severe burn–a burn that may require skin grafts to “fix.” Hopefully you haven’t experienced this type of burn–a burn that turns to blisters or turned white or black and left the are devoid of feeling. These burns can come from fire, chemicals, radiation, or any other type of extreme heat exposure.

The effect of these burns can change your life and may result in permanent nerve or muscle damage, scarring, or even death. If you’ve suffered a serious burn due to the negligent actions of another individual, please don’t wait to contact a burn injury attorney. These attorneys will fight for you to get you the compensation you are entitled to while you rest and heal up.

Types of Burns:

Depending on which source you use, there are either three or four degrees of burning. Most people agree on three varying degrees of burning, however. The degrees of burns are:

  1. First degree – extending to the epidermis only. Turns red sans blistering, painful, heals well without scarring (usually)
  2. Second degree – extending into upper skin layers. Usually blisters and is extremely painful. Burn feels damp or moist. May cause infection. Heals well with scarring being rare. If it’s a more severe or deeper second degree burn, it’ll extend deeper into the skin and tissue and will cause blistering, probable scarring, and may result in skin grafts.
  3. Third degree – extending through all layers of the skin tissue. Turns white or brown, feels leathery with no pain. The lack of pain is due to the nerves becoming so damaged that they cannot function. These burns will scar and amputation may be necessary.
  4. Fourth degree (deep third degree) – extending past the skin tissue and burns surrounding fat, muscle, and sometimes bone. Skin will char and turn black with no pain. Amputation will be probable. Death may also result from this degree of burning.

You should never treat severe burns by yourself. You should go IMMEDIATELY to a hospital for care and treatment.

Moving Forward?

The excruciating mental and physical agony you may experience with a burn may entitle you to compensation. The disfigurement that a burn victim may face is unfathomable, and the care, rehab, further surgeries, that a victim will face for the remainder of their life can be desperately pricey. This is why it’s critical for you, or a loved one, to contact a burn injury attorney at the first moment possible. They can help you plan for the future and the long-term care of your injuries and attain the compensation that you deserve.

Burn Cases

We have handled numerous burn injury cases that have stemmed from:

  • Faulty products or equipment;
  • Chemical burns;
  • Electrical burns;
  • Radiation;
  • Scalding water or steam;
  • Car accidents;
  • Explosions; or
  • Fuel-fed fires.

We have the resources and passion necessary for helping burn victims recover and receive the full compensation they are entitled to. You focus on healing, we’ll focus on your legal case.