Autism

INTRODUCTION

At Elville and Associates, P.C., we have a deep understanding of Autism, and the impact that it can have on children and their families, both in the school setting, and at home. Sometimes, Autism is caused by the negligence of healthcare providers during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. If your child has Autism, and you suspect that your child’s Autism may be the result of a medical mistake, the attorneys at Elville and Associates, P.C. would be happy to speak with and be a resource to you.

WHAT CAUSES AUTISM?

For many years, the prevailing thought in the scientific community was that Autism was a purely genetic disorder. Recently, however, science has revealed that the causes of Autism are multi-factorial, falling into three main categories. First, it is clear that Autism can be caused purely by genetics. Second, the literature now demonstrates that Autism, or an autism-like phenotype, can be caused purely by “environmental factors”, such as a lack of oxygen during birth, being born prematurely, or by infection during pregnancy. The third category of the causes of Autism is known as “epi-genetics”, which basically means that an individual can have an underlying genetic predisposition towards developing Autism, but that the Autism only manifests when it is triggered by one of the environmental factors listed above.

With this more recent, and now generally accepted science, we have been able to successfully pursue medical malpractice cases in which the individual developed Autism as a result of an environmental factor, such as a failure to timely deliver in the setting of intrapartum asphyxia, a failure to prevent premature birth, or a failure to adequately diagnose and treat a maternal infection, such as chorioamnionitis.

WHAT DAMAGES CAN I RECOVER FOR BIRTH INJURIES?

The financial cost and amount of time and stress which goes along with caring for a child with Autism can be challenging, to say the least. You want the best quality care for your child with Autism, and you want to provide your child with all of the opportunities that they deserve to get better and to live the happiest, healthiest life imaginable. Let the attorneys at Elville and Associates, P.C. fight to recover enough money so that you can secure that future for your child with Autism.  Contact us today.

Damages in Autism cases may include:

  • Past and future pain and suffering
  • Past medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Future lost wages/loss of earning capacity

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