Autism Birth Defects

Autism Birth Defects

The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of families whose child’s autism may be related to their mother’s use of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant during pregnancy. Recent research has linked the use of SSRI antidepressants to the development of autism.

SSRIs that may be associated with the occurrence of autism include:

  • Celexa
  • Lexapro
  • Paxil
  • Prozac
  • Zoloft

Alonso Krangle LLP is a leader in defective drug litigation, and understand the difficult road families of children with autism must travel. If your child’s condition was caused by an SSRI antidepressant taken during pregnancy, your family deserves compensation from the maker of that drug. Filing a SSRI autism lawsuit could enable you to obtain money damages for your child’s current and future medical needs, special education needs, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. The defective drug lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are currently offering free lawsuit consultations in all 50 states to any family who believes an SSRI caused their child to develop autism. To learn more about obtaining justice for your child, please contact the SSRI injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.

What is Autism?

Autism is a group of developmental brain disorders, collectively called autism spectrum disorder (ASD), that present within the first three years of life. Autism Spectrum Disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment that children with autism can have. Some children with autism are mildly impaired by their symptoms, but others are severely disabled. Five disorders are currently defined as Autism Spectrum Disorders:

  • Autistic disorder (classic autism)
  • Asperger’s disorder (Asperger syndrome)
  • Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)
  • Rett’s disorder (Rett syndrome)
  • Childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD)

Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders may include:

  • Difficulties with pretend play
  • Difficulties with social interactions
  • Difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Extreme sensitivity in sight, hearing, touch, smell, or taste
  • Unusual distress when routines are changed
  • Repeated body movements
  • Unusual attachments to objects

Autism has no single, known cause. Some research has pointed to genetics and environmental factors as possible causes of autism. Recently, research has also pointed to a possible link between autism and SSRI antidepressants. In 2011, a study published by the Archives of General Psychiatry involving more than 1,800 children found that women who used the drugs in the year prior to giving birth were twice as likely to have children burdened with autism. Those women who used the SSRI drugs in the first trimester of pregnancy were four times as likely to have babies with autism spectrum disorder.

Early, intensive, appropriate treatment programs can greatly improve the outlook for most young children with autism. Most programs will build on the interests of the child in a highly structured schedule of constructive activities. Treatment is most successful when it is geared toward the child’s particular needs. An experienced specialist or team should design the program for the individual child.

Learn more about Filing an SSRI Autism Lawsuit

If your child has autism, and you believe an SSRI, including Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, or Zoloft, might be to blame, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these medications. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the SSRI birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191.