Austism Spectrum Disorder
Autism spectrum disorder refers to a group of complex developmental brain disorders including autism. Autism usually presents itself in the first three years of a child’s life, often revealed by impaired social interaction and communication and restricted and repetitive behavior. There are many behaviors that characterize the diagnosis of autism, including but not limited to:
- Lack of social skills – more severe conditions will result in the child seemingly being uninterested in other people.
- Lack of eye contact – this can be improved, especially if autism is detected early.
- Difficulty empathizing – often a child with autism will find it hard to understand or recognize the feelings of other people.
- Disinterest in physical contact – many children with autism do not like physical contact, such as cuddling, as much as other children.
- Sensitivity to loud noises, strong smells, and changes in lighting – these changes in the environment may overwhelm a child with autism.
- Speech struggles – as the severity of autism increases, the ability to speak decreases. Some children with autism will simply repeat words or phrases they hear (echolalia).
- Repetitive behaviors – children with autism will often engage in repetitive behavior. The root of this and many other issues an autistic child faces is a discomfort with unpredictability. Routine and repetition are safe zones for an autistic child.
Clomid: The risk for babies exposed to the fertility drug Clomid before birth to develop autism is nearly doubled, according to research conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health.
Depakote: Maternal use of the anti-epilepsy drug Depakote during pregnancy may increase a child’s risk of autism development by 7 times, according to a study published in the journal Neurology.
Children with autism are not typically “treated” in the hopes of being cured. The reaction to autism is more one of management of the behaviors associated with the disorder and improvement of the quality of life for the child and his or her family. The first step in dealing with a child’s autism is a correct diagnosis of autism. Once this is obtained, families can begin to learn ways of interacting with the autistic child that are most beneficial to the child’s development. There are many other options available, ranging from behavioral therapy to school-based education plans to medication.
Your Baby’s Rights
If your child has been diagnosed with autism that may have been caused by exposure to prescription drugs before birth, your family deserves financial compensation. Although no amount of money will change what happened to your baby, compensation will help offset the current and future medical costs, as well as provide for the pain and suffering you and your baby have experienced. Filing a claim will also teach the manufacturers of unsafe medications that it is unacceptable to not warn parents of the risks associated with these drugs, including serious birth defects. Your suit may even prevent other families from suffering as yours has, by forcing the pharmaceutical company to change their drug’s label to warn parents of the potential risks.
You may be eligible for compensation to ease the financial burdens associated with your baby’s injury. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, during which we will listen to your story, answer any questions you may have and discuss your legal rights and options. If you choose us to represent you, we will work with you on a contingency fee basis; this means you pay nothing until we have secured compensation for you, either through a jury verdict or settlement.