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Nicoletti Walker Law Group Nov. 21, 2014

Losing a child is one of the worst events that can happen to a parent. Sadly, this recently happened to the parents of 16-month-old boy who died from traumatic head injuries suffered at a Florida day care. The boy had been brought into Sacred Heart Hospital with injuries consistent with violent shaking, and investigators were called to examine the injuries.

The owner of the Milton daycare, where the child had been staying, told investigators that another child at the daycare struck the boy with a wooden block. The owner said she did not notice a problem with the boy until she put him to sleep. The owner went to check on the boy and found that he vomited in his sleep. The owner then apparently called 911 and told investigators that she did not harm the boy.

The medical examiner, however, reviewed the injuries and “was confident the child had sustained these injuries as a result of violent shaking otherwise referred to as Shaken Baby Syndrome.” The medical examiner also did not believe that the injuries occurred prior to arriving at the daycare center. The owner has been charged in connection with the boy’s death.

Unfortunately, head injuries occur far too often in young children and teens. A recent medical study, however, has identified the leading causes of head injuries in children, which may help prevent and treat head injuries in children.

Study Reveals How Children Get Head Injuries

A recent study published by physicians at the Washington University School of and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine examined more than 43,000 children for head trauma to determine the reasons that children most frequently suffer head injuries. The study concluded that the top reasons for head injuries in teens were assaults, sports, and car crashes. For younger children (12 and under), falls were the most common cause for head injuries.

Seventy-seven percent of the head injuries for children under the age of 2 were caused by falls. For children between the ages of 2 through 12, falls contributed to 38% of the head injuries. Conversely, head injury causes for children older than 12 were more varied. For children ages 13 through 17, 24% of head injuries were caused by assault, 19% were sports-related, and 18% were related to motor vehicle accidents. The study also found that for head injuries involving motor vehicle accidents, fewer than half wore seatbelts.

Those involved with the study believe that the findings could help policy makers improve safety measures for head injuries and help physicians accurately diagnosis children with head injuries. According to research, the number one cause of death for children older than one is traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Kimberly Quayle believes that the study “may provide reliable guideposts in developing injury-prevention measures and should help physicians in diagnosing and treating these injuries.”

Contact A St. Petersburg Head Trauma Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic head injury because of someone else’s negligent conduct, an experienced St. Petersburg head injury attorney can help protect your rights. Contact a head or brain injury attorney at Mike Walker Law to find out how to get the compensation you deserve. We provide a free initial consultation and case evaluation.