Altering Classifications of Autism-Related Disorders

Below you will find a brief description of the vote that took place during the past few days regarding autism.  You will also find information regarding how this vote could lead to necessary but unforeseen adjustments by parents of children who suffer from this condition.  Parents whose children have been diagnosed with autism because of a birth injury caused by medical professionals should seek the help of New York medical malpractice lawyers as soon as possible.

Autism Described

Autism is not simply one condition, but rather it’s an entire set of different conditions that are marked by some relatively common symptoms that involve difficulties or even an inability to relate to others in a social sense.  Some with autism can struggle with some types of communication and others can struggle with behavioral problems.  There are also many autism sufferers who engage in compulsive behaviors that actually reveal a high aptitude in certain respects.

Until a few days ago, a specific condition known as Asperger’s Syndrome was seen as a separate ailment that needed to be classified and treated somewhat differently.  However, that all changed with this vote, as Asperger’s Syndrome is now considered one of the many conditions that is part of the classification known as autism spectrum disorder.

This change could be significant for many families who have children with Asperger’s Syndrome and other conditions because certain public assistance programs and insurance policies are based on the definitions provided by the APA.  If these definitions change, it could lead to alterations in terms of how these different conditions are covered and therefore make it more difficult for these families to get the help they need.

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Legal Liability

While there is no one known cause for autism, what is known is that the rate of this problem has exploded in the United States in recent years and it is possible for a child to contract this condition because of a birth injury that occurs due to a mistake made by medical professionals during this process.  These birth injuries are often related to a lack of oxygen getting to the brain at this critical time.

If your child has been diagnosed with this condition and you believe it could be the result of a mistake made by those who were supposed to oversee the birth, you need to seek the help of New York medical malpractice lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of families for more than 40 years.  Contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.