A new study released by medical journal
Pediatrics has determined that child abuse has a greater occurrence of causing injuries
in the United States than many other incidents, with almost 4,600 children
sent to the hospital due to injuries caused by abuse in 2006. Specifically,
the study revealed that child abuse causes a higher rate of injuries in
infants than Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), as reported by
According to the study, injuries resulting from child abuse have an especially
high rate of occurrence for those under the age of one, with an average
of 58 cases per 100,000 babies hospitalized as a result. Babies are much
more vulnerable than adults or even older children and can be injured
easily, as is often the case with shaken brain syndrome. This occurs when
a caretaker violently shakes the child, often to get him or her to stop
crying, and it often results in serious or
fatal injuries from brain trauma.
For all children younger than 18-years-old, an average of six out of 100,000
were hospitalized due to abuse. These injuries included brain trauma,
wounds, burns, and broken bones. On average, injured child-abuse victims
spent one week in the hospital and 300 died in 2006.
Any injuries caused for a child, whether intentional or accidental, can
be especially traumatizing for both the victim and his or her parents.
If you or your child has suffered an injury due to another party’s
San Mateo personal injury lawyers at Van Der Walde & Associates have the skills built from years of
experience to successfully find compensation for your losses from those
responsible. For a free consultation, call us today at (800) 900-0863.