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Help a shaken baby enforce legal rights in child abuse lawsuit

little kids in BIG cases. Shaken Baby Syndrome In almost all cases of shaken baby syndrome, the time the baby is catastrophically injured is NOT the first time the child has been abused. It is simply the first time the child was catastrophically injured. Babies who are diagnosed with shaken baby syndrome - or who are diagnosed with abusive head trauma - often have prior signs of LOWER LEVEL injury: bruises, cuts, lacerations, lethargy, vomiting. For some of these signs of injury (such as bruising, cuts, lacerations), there is simply no other explanation other than it was intentionally inflicted by an adult. Even if the bruise, cut or laceration does not cause a permanent injury to the baby, it is a WARNING SIGN that a person caring for the baby is abusing him or her and the baby is in imminent danger. The symptoms of lethargy or vomiting, while they can be signs generally associated with a number of childhood illnesses, always require that someone who observes a baby (for example, a doctor, nurse, police officer or daycare operator) with a combination of bruising or other injury and vomiting take an appropriate and detailed history about the injury and then, if not given an adequate explanation for the injury, should entertain a reasonable suspicion that the child may be a victim of abuse or neglect and then report that baby to child protective services for her own protection - BEFORE a catastrophic shaken baby syndrome or abusive head trauma event occurs and disables the baby for his or her lifetime, or kills the baby. The law permits all people who see abused children - and who know they are being abused or who even should reasonably suspect they are being abused - to make a report of the child abuse or suspected child ause to child protective services or the police. For some people (police, doctors, teachers, school employees, daycare providers and many others), the law requires that they report the suspected abuse. The purpose of that law which requires that a report of suspected abuse be made immediately by phone, and then be followed up within 36 hours in writing, is so child protective services workers can respond to the report and intervene in time to save the child from further sexual abuse, or a catstrophic injury (shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma, or burns) or even death. The law recognizes that it is critical to act immediately and the people required by law to make the reports are in the best position to get hear or observe children who are being abused. The entire system of child protection is based on child protective workers receiving tips or reports that a child is being abused, or suspected of being abused. It is NEVER acceptable for a mandated reporter to fail to report suspected abuse. It is against the law. A mandated reporter is never required to investigate the underlying reasons why a child may have been been abused, or evenif the child actually was abused or there is simply a legitimate reason for an injury, bruise or signs of mental anguish that often accompany a child being sexually abused. A mandated reporter simply calls in to say that she or he saw something that caused her or him to entertain a suspicion that something abusive might be happening, and that is all that is required. From there, child protective services takes over and saves the child from further abuse, injury or death. it is likewise NEVER acceptable for someone to shake a baby or otherwise inflict abusive head trauma on a baby. Any person handling or caring for a helpless baby has the duty to act with reasonable care towards the baby, and the type of force that is required to cause subdural hemorrhage, retinal hemorrhage and alteration in breathing, is simply not produced from an adult acting in a reasonably careful, playful acceptable manner with a child. Christopher Keane and The Keane Law Firm have devoted their practice to helping abused shaken babies enforce their legal rights. One way this is accomplished is by holding responsible those people who shake a baby and who are required but fail to uphold their responsibility to report suspected abuse or neglect in a timely manner - before a child is abused further, catastrophically injured or killed. This book provides free information to families of children who have been abused or neglected, and who have been injured or shown signs of abuse in the past. Important note - in the case of some mandated reporters who fail to uphold their responsibilities to a child (government employees, police, sheriff, teachers, schools, etc.), it may be critical to enforce legal rights quickly with notice to the government that the child may sue them - sometimes within 6 months from the date of the occurrence, so get this free book but also contact the Keane Law Firm quickly
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