Shaken Baby Syndrome
Shaken baby syndrome is a serious injury that can result during the birth process. If a doctor or nurse is careless or negligent when handling a newborn by shaking them unnecessarily, then shaken baby syndrome may be the result. This injury causes the baby’s brain to be traumatically affected by destroying some or all of his or her brain cells and causing the brain to not get enough oxygen.
Because shaken baby syndrome is likely to deter or prevent proper development of brain cells and can lead to brain damage, medical professionals need to be especially careful when holding and treating new born babies. Such brain damage can be difficult not only for the infant in question, but also for its parents, who face emotional trauma and financial difficulties as a result.
Symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome
In the hectic environment of a delivery room, parents might not initially suspect that a doctor or nurse has dangerously shaken their baby, but symptoms of shaken baby syndrome might later arise. For example, some symptoms of this condition can include:
- Difficulty breathing properly
- Irregular eating habits
- Frequent vomiting
All of these symptoms could indicate that a baby is suffering from shaken baby syndrome. While you may not suspect anything at first, it’s important to verify that your baby does or does not have this condition, so you can seek necessary treatment.
When a negligent or unsafe behavior of a doctor or nurse causes an innocent baby to be harmed by shaken baby syndrome, they should be held accountable for the repercussions it causes. In fact, if this has happened to your child, the medical provider responsible for it might owe you and your family financial compensation. To learn more, speak with the legal team of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, today by calling us at (617) 426-4488.