Damage To The Child’s Mouth

Children live rough-and-tumble lives. They fall over. They get knocked about. They suffer bumps, breaks and bruises. Accidents can happen and sometimes the consequences of these accidents can be severe. The current climate of fear generated by Social Services means that these breaks and bruises are sometimes misinterpreted as signs of abuse, and attributed to “Non-Accidental Injury.”

In our years of experience in addressing cases of Non-Accidental Injury, we have seen many where parents have been so accused; we have seen and addressed pretty much the full catalogue of injuries that can be classified as non-accidental in nature, including various instances of injury to the child’s mouth.

Where you find yourself accused of inflicting Non-Accidental Injuries of any kind upon you child, Brendan Fleming Solicitors can offer you immediate support, advice and assistance. Our experts have years of experience in the area of Non-Accidental Injury which can be brought to bear to help defend your case. To benefit from our expertise, contact us today. Call us on 0121 683 5000, or click through to our contact form using the button below.

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Why You Need Brendan Fleming Solicitors for Your Case

Brendan Fleming, [is] the most formidable of the few British solicitors prepared to fight for parents whose children have been seized by social workers for seemingly no good reason.

– Christopher Brooker, The Telegraph 2013.


Brendan Fleming speaking at the Stop Forced Adoption conference and covering many aspects of care proceedings.


We know that you love your child. We know that you would do anything to prevent them from coming to harm. When someone turns to us for help with their Non-Accidental Injury case, these are the stable data from which we operate. Unfortunately, Social Services have adopted a different, more accusative attitude. It is the local authority that accuses you of non-accidental injury NOT the police.

We have a reputation for standing up to the local authority. We fight tooth and nail for positive outcomes in EVERY case we take on.

Our 24 hour helpline is open for you and here you will find the most important information boiled down to just a few short pages to explain what happens in these types of cases.

We can successfully fight your Non-Accidental Injury Case. Contact us today to find out what we can do to help you. Call us on 0121 683 5002 (out of hours mobile or for texting: 07730 143 432or click through to our contact form using the button below.

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A Dedicated Non-Accidental Injury Department

We are committed to redressing the injustice of parents being falsely accused of causing Non-Accidental Injury to their children. Our commitment is such that we have established a dedicated Non-Accidental Injury Department to address such cases. The department is manned with our leading specialists in the area, with years of cumulative experience in successfully overturning wrongful accusations of Non-Accidental Injury.

Where we can, we will work to have such accusations overturned at the level of investigation, before the case is even brought before the court.

Case History In Re L:

We represented a mother in a case concerning twin girls.  They were relatively young babies under the age of 6 months old. 

One of the twin girls was presented to hospital after being found with blood pouring from her mouth.  Some bruising was also identified.  An ambulance was called and the child was presented to hospital where it was identified that she had a torn frenulum.

A number of explanations were presented as to the cause of these including that as the children were lying on the floor that it might have been caused by a desk chair rolling back and making contact with the child’s mouth or whether or not the child’s baby bracelet could have got caught and caused the injury.  These explanations were neither accepted by the Paediatirican instructed or by the Court. 

The only people in the pool of perpetrators was the mother and the step-father of the children.  After hearing evidence from the professionals and lengthy evidence from the mother and step-father concluded that it could not be determined who had caused the injury to the child but that the child would have been in extreme pain and that the person who had caused the injury would have known that they had caused the injury and the one that did not cause the injury was in the house at the time that the injury was sustained and would have known that the child was injured.  

After further assessments the twin girls returned to live with their biological father in Germany where it was considered by the Court that they would be safe and the biological father was not in the pool of perpetrators and was considered able to safeguard the children.

To see how we can similarly help you with your case, contact us today. Call us on 0121 683 5000, or click through to our contact form using the button below.

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Trauma to the mouth of a child can often be taken as having been inflicted non-accidentally. In the main, such injuries are sustained by the teeth which can be damaged or loosened by injury, and the frenula – the connecting folds of tissue restraining the tongue and lips – which can be torn.

Torn frenula are often thought to be a sign of physical abuse in a child and are uncommonly seen in hospitals.  They are checked for as part of medical examinations of the child and often you will see ‘frenulum intact’ in medical records if there is no injury or abnormality.  There are 3 frenula within the mouth, all of which would be checked for signs of injury.  There is one under the tongue, one inside the lower lip and one inside the upper lip.  Each are capable of being damaged.  As they are relatively protected any sign of injury is usually considered to be suspicious.

The Solution To Your Non-Accidental Injury Case

If you have been accused of abusing or injuring your child, you must contact our specialist team today.

Whether you are merely under investigation for suspected abuse or injury, or whether this has moved forward into legal proceedings, we can provide the expert legal representation you need.

If you feel confused or upset with your current solicitor’s handling of your case and are looking to engage a specialist Non-Accidental Injury firm, fill out the form below or give us a call.

We will help you fight your case. Where we can, we will prevent your child being taken from you. Contact us today. Call us on 0121 683 5000, or complete the contact form below:

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