Pediatrician Diagnosis of Child Abuse

When Pediatricians Suspect Child Abuse

Discover how pediatricians play a crucial role in identifying child abuse cases. Learn more about the diagnosis process and legal implications.

When a pediatrician treats an injured child and suspects the child’s injuries are the result of abuse, he or she has a decision to make:

  • The doctor may contact Child Protective Services (CPS), setting an investigation in motion.
  • The doctor may choose to send the child to a hospital with an abuse-detection system in place. Such a hospital has personnel who are trained to identify signs of physical and sexual abuse in children.

As soon as either one of these options is set in motion, you, the parent, are locked out of the process. The hospital has protocols in place for separating parents from children they suspect have been abused. The child may be placed in state custody or with relatives. The steps you take at this point will play a pivotal role in your parent-child relationship going forward.

If you are serious about gaining control over this situation, you must take legal action as soon as possible. The attorneys at Kirsch Daskas Law Group are here to protect your rights and make sure you take the right actions going forward.

Gather Your Own Evidence

Documented evidence is a key component in making your case. Going forward, you must document every conversation, phone call and interaction with the child. Diligently doing so can bolster your case that you are not an abuser, but rather a good parent.

Our attorneys are well-versed in the actions that medical professionals and the CPS take when child abuse is suspected. We can provide you with the guidance you need to make all of the right steps moving forward.

Talk To A Lawyer Who Has Your Best Interests In Mind

Pediatricians and other medical professionals have the child’s best interests in mind, and rightly so, but your rights must also be protected, and we are here to do so. To speak with an experienced child abuse defense attorney, call our Bloomfield law firm at 248-792-3060 or contact us online.