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Is Autism a Form of Medical Malpractice?

Finding out that your child has Autism can be stressful. Although the exact causes of Autism are, for the most part, unknown, there is a chance that your child could have developed Autism during your pregnancy due to negligence on the part of your medical provider. Before you seek out the advice of an attorney, it is important to understand just what Autism is.

Symptoms

Autism affects the emotional, intellectual and mental health of a child. It affects a child’s typical brain function. Cognitive functions are typically delayed, and your child may experience deficits in social behaviors. People with Autism may be more sensitive to light, sound and temperature, and can have sensory problems. Symptoms such as these usually become evident between the ages of 3 and 4.

Communication

Because Autism directly affects that way a child communicates without words, children have trouble in social environments. Some are inflexible, refusing to deviate from normal routines and schedules. People with Autism typically have difficulty adjusting to change.

Causes

Autism has been linked to a variety of factors. These include allergies to food, genetics, toxins in the environment, immune deficiencies and even vaccines. Why some children develop Autism and some do not remains largely unknown.

If your child has developed Autism, you may want to consider contacting an attorney. He or she can review your child’s medical records and discuss their behaviors and conditions with you. An attorney experienced in medical malpractice law may be able to help you determine if you have a claim for negligence against a medical professional.

If your child has been diagnosed with Autism and you believe the cause could be medical negligence, reach out to our team. We will review your case and help you determine if you may have a claim for negligence. Contact us now and let us provide you with your options.

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