A Spectrum of Risks Related to Autism: Liability Issues and Litigation

Autism-Related Liability Risks
About 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Worldwide, it has been said that about one percent of the population is “on the spectrum.” The diagnosis and treatment of ASD is often challenging.

The financial and personal costs related to these disorders pose a major burden to the families of those struggling with an ASD as well as to society as a whole. The impact of the condition is expected to grow as many more people are being diagnosed with these disorders.

The diagnosis, care, treatment, and related injuries of persons with an autism spectrum disorder can give rise to litigation.

Attorneys, physicians, hospitals, insurers, employers, and other potential parties to litigation should be aware of the types of lawsuits and other liability issues that arise in connection with injuries related to autism spectrum disorders.