Notice a Child Head Injury in Texas? Identifying the Signs of Child Abuse (Part B)

All caretakers should be well-versed in the tenets of child injury prevention, but slips, trips, bumps, and falls do happen, so it's vital that you, as a parent, are able to distinguish between accidental injuries and intentional ones. If you ever discover that a caretaker has intentionally hurt your child, speak to one of our child injury lawyers immediately.

In many cases, parents, guardians, and concerned adults have difficulty distinguishing accidental injuries from those that are intentional, but there are warning signs. For example, if your child has a head injury in the shape of an object and the caretaker offers an explanation that the injury was sustained on the playground or while following directions, you may have reason to be suspicious. When examining your child's bruises, take the length of time that it takes injuries to appear, and to last, into account.

This simple chart can help you date bruises:
 
  • red - 0 to 2 days old;
  • purple, blue - 2 to 5 days old;
  • green - 5 to 7 days old;
  • yellow - 7 to 10 days old; and
  • brown - 10 to 14 days old. 
Knowing how old bruises are can uncover discrepancies in a caretaker's explanation of an injury. For instance, if a young child has several bruises on their legs and some are red while others are yellow and brown, then you should get 2 separate explanations for those injuries. If a caretaker insists that all of the bruises are due to a single fall, exercise caution.  

A child head injury is serious, and if you notice one, you should immediately seek medical care for the child. If the injury seems suspicious or you are unable to get a clear answer on where it came from, speak with one of our child injury lawyers who can investigate the cause of the injury and seek reparations for your child.

Contacting a Texas Personal Injury Lawyer

Before you take the important step of hiring an attorney, educate yourself about what you can expect from a Texas child head injury case. Order this free guide for Texas accident victims and learn: 
  • What to ask a lawyer before hiring them to take your case.
  • The most common reasons a Texas personal injury claim will fail.
  • What you can do to protect your injury claim. 
Not every child head injury case requires the help of a Texas personal injury lawyer and we can help you to determine whether yours is one of those cases. If you are ready to get started with your case and supporting child injury prevention, we urge you to contact us today for a FREE case evaluation - 512-472-7799.