Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Shaken Baby Syndrome


What is Shaken Baby Syndrome?

Children’s Protective Services (CPS) here in Michigan often uses the term Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) to describe an unexplained head injury. The medical community has mostly abandoned this term for more general ones, such as “abusive head trauma” and “intentionally inflicted injury.” Part of the reason CPS doctors, sometimes called a child protection team of doctors, would describe certain medical issues as SBS is because they claim to practice a mix of patient care and “forensic” medicine. The beginning of that problem is that forensic medicine is largely practiced for the benefit of the legal system. In many cases, that translates to being for the benefit of police, prosecutors or CPS.


Baby in hospital bedThe theory behind Shaken Baby Syndrome is that violently shaking a young child can cause subdural hematoma or subarachnoid hemorrhage with or without a cervical spine injury being present. In over simplified terms, that means a brain bleed. Retinal hemorrhages are also present in many cases. That’s bleeding in the eye. The classic “triad” of symptoms traditionally has been retinal hemorrhages (often bilateral or both eyes), subdural hematoma and brain injury.


While the theory has not changed much over the years, it’s important for parents and attorneys to understand why medical experts have been moving away from using the term Shaken Baby Syndrome. There have been so many successful legal challenges to the classic Shaken Baby Syndrome theories, and these scientific challenges have lead to prosecution losses in the courtroom. Because of this, the medical community has intentionally pretty much changed their approach to both diagnosis and courtroom testimony in Shaken Baby cases. They now use more general terms that can be harder to challenge, such as “abusive head injury” or “intentionally inflicted injury.”


Shaken Baby Syndrome Defense Lawyers in Michigan

Because of the problems that have arisen with Shaken Baby Syndrome in the courtroom, child abuse pediatricians today stay away from the term. Now, the problem isn’t the use of the term SBS, but that there are many pediatricians who still believe in the theories even though they don’t use those words and they don’t admit to it. What does this mean in the courtroom? Well, it means that these CPS doctors (child protection team) and prosecuting attorneys will continue to try to prove SBS, but they will mask it as something like “abusive head injury.” This creates a problem for inexperienced defense attorneys and an even bigger problem for the parents of children with head injuries.  


Doctor listening to baby with stethoscopeThe sad truth is that innocent parents are accused of shaken baby syndrome all the time, and they are under-represented by lawyers that have little experience fighting false SBS allegations. Parents facing these kind of allegations need the support of highly qualified attorney that have extensive training in fighting these false allegations by CPS, overzealous CPS workers and misinformed child protection team doctors. Your defense team must often include expert witnesses in many fields and an experienced defense lawyer.


It is devastating to you, to your family and mostly to your child for you to be accused of hurting your child by Shaken Baby allegations. SBS carries with it the possibility of criminal charges, loss of parental rights, and loss of custody over your child or children. With consequences as life-altering and terrifying as these, quickly seek he best and most aggressive defense lawyers that you can afford. Our CPS defense attorneys here at The Kronzek Firm have been defending parents all over Michigan against false abuse accusations for decades.


Our experience with medically complex litigation is extremely valuable with cases involving Shaken Baby Syndrome and other non accidental injury (NAI) charges. When the prevailing assumption is child abuse, we bring in medical experts and other professionals to assist the judge and jury in understanding the complex medical explanations of injuries.


Baby sleeping in hospital bedThe Kronzek Firm attorneys can help and protect you. Call today and meet with one of our many great CPS defense attorneys for a free consultation and confidential discussion of your case. Your future, and your child’s future, are at stake. If you have been accused of any non accidental injury or Shaken Baby Syndrome here in Michigan, you don’t have time to wait. Call us at 1 866-766-5245.  Our Our CPS defense team is available 24/7 for emergency and crisis intervention.



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