Car crashes are a leading cause of death for pregnant women and can cause death and trauma to both the mother and the unborn baby. No matter which trimester of pregnancy you are in, the level of trauma- mental and physical- to you and your baby are greatly increased when you are in a car crash. If you or someone you love is pregnant and has been the victim of a car crash, there are some important things you should be aware of.
Call the Police, then Hire a Lawyer
As a pregnant woman, you are at a much higher risk for trauma to you or the baby after being involved in a car accident. Doctors will need to monitor your pregnancy more regularly after the accident to check for any complications. The further along in your pregnancy you are, the higher your risk of emotional and physical distress to you and your fetus. After you’ve called the police and received medical care immediately after the accident, hiring your lawyer should be your very next step.
Remember that when you are the victim in a car crash, the other driver’s insurance company will not have a goal to get you the most compensation. They simply want to close the case and avoid the hassle of a trial. Thus, having an experienced attorney that is fully educated on your type of case will be essential. A lawyer will understand your needs for increased medical care, the heightened risk of premature birth, being put on bedrest and emotional or physical distress. They’ll also understand the financial losses that can potentially be associated with a car accident. These include missing work for doctor, physical therapy visits or experiencing mental trauma.
Signs to Look for After a Car Crash
Your OB/GYN should keep an extra eye on you and follow up. The ER doctor will tell you what to look for after leaving the hospital. Be sure to be extremely aware of any spotting, which includes fluid, bleeding or abdominal pains after the car accident. Any of these can be signs of premature delivery, hemorrhaging or even a miscarriage. Call your doctor right away or visit an emergency room if you experience any of these symptoms.