Pediatric Fracture Allegations
Staunch Advocacy from Our Lansing CPS Attorney
It is normal to feel upset when your child has injuries, especially something as serious as a broken bone. Accidents happen, though, and emergency room visits are a part of countless childhoods. If a doctor misreads the situation and accuses you of child abuse following one these accidents, however, they can act as if you have done something wrong.
Unfortunately, these types of mistaken assumptions happen to many parents. When a doctor notices a fracture in an infant, toddler, or child and diagnoses child abuse, a very serious investigative procedure begins. The doctor notifies CPS and parents often have no chance to reassert the facts.
Bones can break in children for a variety of reasons:
- A minor accident where a child lands in an unusual way
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Bone disease of prematurity
- Brittle bone disease (Osteogenesis Imperfecta)
- Metabolic conditions
Many diseases can cause bone breakage and do not show up on standard testing. Unfortunately for some parents, allegations of abuse can come before all other medical possibilities are explored.
Many Cases Are Simply Conjecture
There is still much our medical community does not know about how young children's bodies react to trauma, yet many medical professionals are willing to jump to conclusions in order to do what they believe is the right thing. The state often builds cases against parents on nothing but theories, assumptions, and “educated guesses” from these professionals and experts.
You can make the problem worse if you start to offer your own theories about how the bone fractures occurred. Authorities use a parent's admission that they may have picked up their child "roughly" as evidence of abuse, even if that act does not explain the injuries. Instead, parents are encouraged to tread carefully when speaking with the authorities and say nothing without an attorney present.
Child abuse accusations are a serious matter and you need to retain experienced legal counsel to counter these allegations immediately. At Cronkright Law, our experience can help you understand how to respond to questioning, how to handle the investigation, and ultimately how to create the best chance of keeping your family together.
We are on your side when it seems the world is against you. Contact us today to request a free consultation.