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Prenatal Brain Injury Linked to Autism

Ensuring the well being of your child often depends on receiving the best prenatal care possible. Doctors can perform widely available prenatal exams and tests to determine whether an infant is developing as expected and whether any medical steps or precautions should be taken if there's any cause for concern. These tests provide information concerning several different types of birth injuries such as Downs Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis and Spina Bifida.

Recently, results from a new study concluded that brain injuries that occur during early development – in the second and third trimester – have been linked to an increased risk of developing autism. The hope is that as the result of this study, doctors and other health care professionals will determine prenatal tests and other ways to intervene and help prevent birth injuries. While several factors may lead to brain injuries, when they are the result of medical negligence, it may be possible to bring a claim for medical malpractice. If you believe your child suffered a birth injury as the result of a medical mistake or prenatal negligence, consulting with an experienced Los Angeles prenatal negligence lawyer immediately is important to determine your next steps.

Here, the research shows that where a birth injury occurs during certain "sensitive periods" of an infant's development, the potential for cognitive damage and difficulty forming normal interpersonal relationships is put at risk.

For more information concerning prenatal negligence and birth injuries, please contact the top Los Angeles birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate confidential consultation.

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