Non-Accidental Injury Lawyers
At Ridley & Hall, our team of experienced care solicitors specialises in handling cases involving Non-Accidental Injury. Being accused of such an injury can be an extremely distressing experience for parents or carers. Having a solicitor with the necessary expertise in this area is vital to ensure you receive the right support throughout this daunting process. Our experienced lawyers will provide empathetic guidance, leaving no stone unturned in uncovering the truth. We possess a comprehensive understanding of the country’s top medical experts across various specialities, ensuring your case is reviewed by the best.
We’re a local firm with a national presence.
What is Non-Accidental Injury?
Non-Accidental Injuries can encompass a wide range of cases, including:
- Shaken Baby Syndrome or Non-Accidental Head Injury, which involves brain injury, subdural haemorrhage, encephalopathy, and retinal haemorrhage.
- Fractures, where certain warning signs, such as multiple fractures of differing ages, fractures in non-mobile children, or fractures occurring in unusual locations, raise concerns.
- Bruising, which, while common in childhood, can become concerning due to factors like the number, regularity, location, or shape of the bruises.
- Burns, where concerns may arise based on the burn’s location or shape, especially for non-mobile children.
- Infant Death, which may lead to involvement by children’s services if concerns arise regarding the circumstances of the child’s death. We offer support and guidance during this challenging time. We understand what an incredibly difficult time this is for a parent and will help you navigate the process in a supportive and respectful manner.
- Fictitious or Fabricated Illness, a complex area where we possess expertise in dealing with cases involving exaggerated or induced symptoms.
With our significant experience in handling all types of injuries, we will guide you through the legal process, provide expert advice, and ensure the engagement of prominent experts for your case.
What to Do If Professionals Raise Concerns about Non-Accidental Injury
When a serious injury occurs, seeking immediate medical treatment is crucial. Here are the important steps to follow:
- Provide medical and social work professionals with comprehensive information about the injury, including how it occurred, when and where it happened, and who was present. Honesty is essential, even if it feels intimidating or worrisome.
- Maintain personal records of the incident, as a clear record will be helpful if the case goes to court and your memory begins to fade.
- Seek legal advice promptly to obtain the necessary support and representation throughout this challenging process.
- If the Social Worker expresses concern and suggests removing your child/children from your care during the investigation, seek advice urgently. Explore the possibility of temporary care by family or friends rather than them being placed in foster care.
- If asked to sign Section 20 Consent for temporary placement, always seek legal advice to fully understand the implications and receive guidance on the best course of action.
If the Local Authority initiates Care Proceedings or begins the Public Law Outline (PLO) / Pre-Proceedings process regarding your child, you automatically qualify for legal aid. In lower-level investigations like Child Protection Plans or Section 47 enquiries, eligibility may depend on your income. Contact us for more information.
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