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Abusive Head Trauma

Abusive Head Trauma: Crossing the Boundary from Medicine to Law

Tara M Godoy, BSN RN CFN LNC
Cost: $750 speaking fee plus travel expenses


Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) is a complex area that is surrounded by controversy in both the legal and medical communities. This seminar presentation reviews the basic pathophysiology of intracranial hemorrhaging and retinal hemorrhages and then dives deeper into the theories of causation and how they are supported by medical literature. Biomechanics, mimics and ground level falls are all discussed. This presentation is relevant for criminal attorneys, investigators, and any healthcare provider in the areas of emergency medicine, forensics, or pediatrics.


  1. Introduction
  2. Pathology
    • Primary Versus Secondary Injury
    • Cause of Death
    • Intracranial Hemorrhaging
    • Retinal Hemorrhaging
  3. Impact
  4. Ground Level Falls
  5. Biomechanics
  6. Mimics and Alternate Theories
    • Glutaric Aciduria
    • Cerebral Sinovenous Thrombosis
    • Hypoxia
  7. Supporting Literature
  8. Medical Records
    • What do you need to request/SDT?
  9. Case Review (as time allows)