Washerwoman Syndrome Law and Legal Definition

Washerwoman syndrome refers to changes in the skin condition resulting from being immersed in water. In case of death by drowning, courts generally verify the washerwoman syndrome.

Waterwoman syndrome changes are basically a swelling of the skin as it absorbs water. And as the skin absorbs water, the proteins in it actually increase in length, so it gets greater area than normal, so it folds up and wrinks and it’s white and it’s soft and it will tear relatively easily. In medical examination, changes are examined for in great detail.