Burns and Scalds
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 burning and scalding.
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 143 432) or 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 T:
In this case we represented a mother of 4 children. One child had sustained burns to the hands and another child had sustained fractures.
A Paediatric Radiologist and Paediatrician were instructed to report on the case. A Fact Finding Hearing was held in which another family member was intervened as being a potential perpetrator for the causation of the fracture. The Court concluded that the father was responsible for the burns and that he had been reckless in regards to causation and the seeking of medical treatment. The Court could not determine between the father and the family member as to who caused the fracture to the other child.
The Mother was exonerated. The children had remained in the care of the mother since the commencement of the proceedings. The Father moved out of the property and following a risk assessment after the Finding of Fact Hearing he was allowed to return to the family home over a period of time. A Supervision Order was made for 12 months.
Case History In Re S:
We represented a mother in Care Proceedings.
Her son had been placed in the care of his father after a house fire. The Mother continued to have his sister in her care, where she remained throughout the care proceedings. Her son was removed from the care of his father along with his half-siblings. A number of cigarette burns were identified on some of the children. The mother’s son had a number of emotional difficulties which required a therapeutic placement. The father and step-mother asserted that the cigarette burns to the other children were caused by the mother’s son. He said that they had been inflicted by the step-mother.
The case concluded with the mother’s son being placed in a long term therapeutic placement with the agreement of his mother who had unsupervised contact with her son. The mother recognised that he had very complex needs and that he required very specific care to ensure that his needs were met. Recognising that she was not able to give him what he needed she agreed to a placement in his best interests that met his needs whilst ensuring that he continued to maintain a relationship with her and his sister.
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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Burns can be caused in all sorts of ways. There can be, of course, accidental burns and scalds due to inappropriate supervision by the parents, there can be burns caused by reckless parenting and then there are Non-Accidentally inflicted burns. Unless there is a clear explanation for the burns to children, they are always treated as suspicious in nature.
It is estimated that between 15 and 25% of all burn injuries sustained by children are non-accidental in nature.
In determining the nature of the injury, paediatricians will base a large part of their opinion on the pattern and location of the burn. The shape of the burn can reflect an object used to cause an injury, such as a burn from a cigarette, an iron, curling tongs or a light bulb.
Where scalding has occurred from placing the child – intentionally or unintentionally – in hot water immersion scalds of the hands, feet, or buttocks will be evident.
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: