There is a lot of conflicting information surrounding autism and what causes this disorder. Many people believe that autism is linked to the environment, exposure to toxins, genetic complications, and women giving birth later in life. However, recent research has indicated that children with autism were more likely to be injured at birth. According to a British study, children with autism are 12 times more likely to have suffered a birth injury than their siblings.
Additionally, a study by Harvard School of Public Health and Brown University found that autism may be linked to the following:
- Birth trauma
- Fetal distress
- Maternal bleeding
- Umbilical cord injuries
- Breech births
- Low levels of oxygen in the brain (hypoxia)
What this indicates is that autism (a neurodevelopmental disorder) can, in fact, be the result of birth injuries during the labor and delivery process, such as:
- Improper use of forceps
- Tremendous use of vacuum extraction
- Delayed C-sections after birth complications
- Too much pressure on the baby’s head during delivery
- Umbilical cord strangulation or prolapsed cord
Although birth injuries are not the primary cause of autism, birth injuries have contributed to autism. If your doctor failed to perform a Caesarean section in time, or used forceps or the vacuum extractor excessively, he or she may have contributed to your infant suffering birth trauma. Any unnecessary strain on a baby during labor and delivery can alter blood flows to and from the brain, which is associated with autism.
When a birth injury has caused your child’s autism, your child and family deserve to be compensated for your losses. To find out more about birth injury claims and your rights to recovery, call the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson for a free consultation at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 to speak with a Northern Kentucky birth injury attorney for help today.