Birth Autism Problems

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There are various forms of autism and different levels of the disorder.  These include autism, aspergers syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder.  All of these disorders are collectively referred to as autism spectrum disorders, as the symptoms may be mild or severe.  Generally, autism is a developmental disability which affects an individual’s ability to communicate, intelligence and social skills. 

Symptoms of Birth Autism

While it is possible that an infant may present with autism at birth, the symptoms of autism do not always appear during infancy; rather, the symptoms sometimes do not emerge until the child is three years old, despite the fact that the autism was due to an injury at birth.  Symptoms of autism may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • the child does not speak in single words by sixteen months of age
  • the child does not respond to their name
  • the child lacks sensory integration skills
  • the child does not attempt to make gestures by one year of age
  • the child lacks eye contact
  • the child lacks interest in playing with toys
  • the child appears to be self absorbed
  • the child does not interact with others
  • the child does not demonstrate emotion or smile
  • the child does not recognize social cues
  • the child exhibits exceptional ability in a particular act, also known as “savant” abilities

Liability and Determining Medical Negligence

Presently, the cause of autism is unknown.  However, autism has been linked to various issues, including but not limited to medical malpractice and environmental factors.  In addition, there are studies from Duke University and Johns Hopkins University that suggest that the off label prescription of terbutaline within twenty five to thirty three weeks of pregnancy to treat premature labor may cause subtle brain damage which results in autism. 

How a Lawyer Can Help

If one has a child with preterm birth autism, or autism which has developed during the first years of life, one may want to consult with an experienced attorney.  An attorney will not only be able to evaluate one’s claim, but also, an attorney can determine what options one may have in order to follow through with the claim.  In addition, an experienced attorney will be able to understand the medical and legal trends and be able to utilize these trends to the best advantage of one’s case.