Being involved in a car accident is an emotional experience for anyone. For pregnant women, those emotions can be heightened as worry about the unborn child becomes all consuming. Not only does a pregnant woman need to be concerned with damage to her vehicle and her own injuries, but she needs to worry about the health of her unborn child.
If you are pregnant and involved in a car accident, your first priority should be to seek medical attention. You can worry about insurance agents and auto accident attorneys later.
Your Risks as a Pregnant woman
When you are in an auto collision, you are subjected to a sudden stopping motion. This may be caused by your seat belt locking or from impact with the steering wheel or airbag. Even if you do not strike a surface, the jostling to your body can be enough to harm your child.
The speed of the cars involved and the force of the crash can have a greater impact on the injury your child sustains, but even a low-speed crash can cause harm. Trauma associated with a car accident can include:
- Premature birth
- Birth defects
- Detachment of placenta from womb
If any of these injuries happens to you due to a car collision, a personal injury attorney experienced in auto accident litigation can help you file suit against the other driver.
Immediate Medical Attention is Important
When you have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately, even if you do not believe that you or your child has been injured. This is especially true if you are beyond your third month of privacy as the baby is no longer protected by the bones of your pelvis.
If you experience any of these symptoms after a car accident, it is important that you go to the emergency room immediately:
- Swelling in face or fingers
- Vaginal discharge or bleeding
- Fever or chills
- A difference in the movement of your baby
When you are involved in a car accident, you will find it necessary to file insurance claims, claims for damages, and claims for personal injury. Your first priority, however, is the health of your unborn child. Let the paperwork come later. The health of yourself and your unborn child are the most important things after an accident.
When it is time to file paperwork, our attorneys are happy to work with you in any way that you need. Call us for a free consultation after you have taken care of yourself.