Fatal falls in childhood. How far must children fall to sustain fatal head injury? Report of cases and review of the literature.

@article{Reiber1993FatalFI,
  title={Fatal falls in childhood. How far must children fall to sustain fatal head injury? Report of cases and review of the literature.},
  author={Gregory Reiber},
  journal={The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology},
  year={1993},
  volume={14 3},
  pages={201-7}
}
  • Gregory Reiber
  • Published 1993 in
    The American journal of forensic medicine and…
The question of whether fatal head injuries may occur from short-distance falls is one that continues to cause controversy. The records of the Sacramento County Coroner's Office from 1983 to 1991 were reviewed for cases of fatal head injury in children aged < or = 5 years, where a history of a fall was initially given. During this 9-year period, three cases of witnessed falls from heights of > 10 ft (3 m) were found. At autopsy, all children had multiple complex calvarial skull fractures, basal… CONTINUE READING

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