Autism Lawyer Helping Families
An autism lawyer is required if you were exposed to heavy metals and your child was diagnosed with autism. If you are a parent or a guardian of a child diagnosed with autism or on the autism spectrum, then you recognize the challenges your child faces, but also your child’s potential to achieve when the proper services are provided. However, you may have trouble paying and keeping up with the increased costs of childcare or extra educational services to ensure your child receives the education he or she deserves.
More and more research is showing a link between the intoxication of heavy metals and ASD. Researchers measure the level of aluminum, lead, cadmium, and mercury in hair samples of autistic children compared to children of the same age and sex but without autism. Every time they appear to find significantly higher levels of all measured heavy metals in the autistic groups compared to the control groups showing a positive relationship between exposure to risk factors for heavy metal intoxication such as extensive antenatal consumption of fish (tuna), maternal smoking of tobacco products, cooking in aluminum pots and pans, and the ingestion of certain nutritional supplements. Because of the abundant amount of studies, many researchers are concluding that because of the restrained ability of autistics to expel heavy metals as well as the continued and ever-increasing environmental exposures of heavy metals at key points of both fetal and infantile development it appears there are many roles in the increased occurrence of ASD.
Contact an Autism Lawyer Today
As you know, every child is unique, and to learn the legal issues and options applicable to you and your child’s situation; it is helpful to discuss the situation. The Testa Law Group offers free consultations for parents and guardians of children diagnosed with autism. Please contact the Testa Law Group today to schedule your free consultation with an autism lawyer by calling (877) 780-9052.
Challenging Identification Issues of Autism
DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria lists an abundant amount of criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the related diagnosis of social communication disorder (SCD) that psychologists and psychiatrists use when evaluating individuals for developmental disorders.
A developmental disability greatly affects verbal and nonverbal communication as well as social interaction. A child with autism is diagnosed with autism around the age of or before the child turns three (3) years old. Other characteristics often associated with autism are the ability to appreciate social cues, gestures, idioms, and the contexts of communications and interactions. In some cases and depending on the spectrum a child with autism may engage in repetitive activities, stereotyped movements, display a resistance to environmental change, display a resistance to a change of his or her daily routines, and not comprehend sensory perceptions.
This functional definition of autism includes all autism spectrum disorders; this also includes Asperger’s Syndrome and other pervasive developmental disorders.
Increased and Individualized Care for Autism
Notwithstanding the educational methodology needed by your child (e.g., Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA); Greenspan (floor time)), your child has the legal right to seek justice to have his or her unique needs met to ensure a wholesome and fruitful life. If you were working in a certain work environment or exposed to high levels of heavy metals because of taking a nutritional supplement, then you and your child may have legal rights to money to ensure that your child is provided the best professional care possible to overcome autism obstacles.
Common Occupations and Actions Increasing Exposure to Heavy Metals
These occupations and actions have been known to expose parents to high levels of metals:
- Ingestion of nutritional supplements (manufacturing defects)
- Auto repairers
- Battery manufacturers
- Bridge reconstruction workers
- Construction workers
- Firing range instructors and gunsmiths
- Glass manufacturers
- Lead manufacturers
- Lead miners
- Lead refiners
- Lead smelters
- Manufacturers of drugs, bullets, ceramics, and electrical components
- Painters Plastic manufacturers
- Plumbers and pipe fitters
- Radiator repairers
- Recyclers of metal, electronics, and batteries
- Rubber product manufacturers
- Steel welder
What are Toxic Metals?
Toxic metals, include “heavy metals,” and are metal compounds that negatively affect one’s health. These often include arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, and mercury. Some metals in small amounts are necessary to support life, but in larger amounts, they are toxic. In many cases, metals can build up in person’s biological systems and become a great health hazard.
- Arsenic – exposure to arsenic usually occurs in occupations involving hazardous waste sites and areas with large levels naturally occurring in rocks, soil, and water. Exposure can cause death.
- Beryllium – occupational exposure to beryllium often occurs in mining, extraction, and in the processing of alloy metals. Exposure can cause lung and skin disease.
- Cadmium – cadmium is a very toxic metal usually found in industrial workplaces, especially where any ore is being processed or smelted. Cadmium can cause kidney disease, kidney failure, and lead to death.
- Hexavalent Chromium– exposure to this heavy metal is related to an increase in the incidence of lung cancer where factories produce chromate and manufacture pigments that contain chromate.
- Lead – industries with high exposure to lead include construction work, radiator repair shops, smelter operations, and firing ranges.
- Mercury – High mercury exposure can destroy the nervous system and cause severe kidney damage.
Help for Children with Autism
To determine if your case merits a lawsuit for your child having autism and to ensure that your child receives the most appropriate care for a child diagnosed with autism, call the Testa Law Group at (877) 780-9052 to speak with an autism lawyer. Each child is unique, and autism may present some obstacles for your child, but with the right help and professionals guiding your child many things are possible, and no limits should be put on your child’s education, career, and aspirations.