In Utero Brain Injuries Linked To Autism

In Utero Brain Injuries Linked To Autism

A new study has just come out confirming that an early brain injury – one that may occur during the second or third trimester – may be a cause of autism. The study prepared by researchers at Princeton University has determined that when an indecent occurs early on in an infant's development the cerebellum - part of the brain responsible for cognition – may not develop properly, leading to a diagnosis of autism later on in life.

Autism is just one of the disorders linked to brain injuries that occur at or near birth. Other birth injuries that may include cerebral palsy, which has been linked to a lack of oxygen to a baby's brain by failing to perform a timely C-section or other labor and delivery error. Where a brain injury is the result of negligent or careless medical care, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim in order to recover the potentially insurmountable costs of raising a child with a birth injury. Often individuals who suffer harm at birth require a lifetime of medical care and therapy.

If you believe your child has suffered a birth injury as the result of medical malpractice, consulting with a top San Diego medical malpractice lawyer is important to begin an investigation into all of the factors that may have caused or contributed to a particular injury and to determine your next steps.

Here, according to the research nearly all the risk for developing autism occurs prenatally. In fact, one observer noted "The research evidence is consistent with the idea that by birth, nearly all of the risk that leads to [autism]has already occurred." This underscores the need for competent prenatal care, and the important of limiting all prenatal risks to mother and child.

For more information about birth injuries or prenatal negligence, please contact the experienced San Diego birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate, confidential consultation.


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