Injuries to Pregnant Women and Unborn Children in Car Accidents
A car accident is a traumatic experience for anyone, but the anxiety and stress that commonly occurs after a wreck is heightened when one of the drivers, or a passenger, is pregnant. Immediately, their mind is inundated with intense fear that something may have happened to their unborn child during the collision. This is why, even if there are no immediate injuries at the time of the accident, a pregnant woman should still visit with a medical professional to make sure her child is doing well after a car accident.
Trauma That May Occur in a Car Wreck Involving a Pregnant Woman
The following are some of the potential harms that could be inflicted upon a pregnant woman as a result of the car crash:
- Internal bleeding
- Pre-term labor
- Birth defect
- Creating a high risk pregnancy
Even if you do not notice any “serious” injuries immediately after the wreck, some issues may arise hours or days after the collision including:
- Loss of consciousness
- Chronic pain in your pelvis or belly
You could also feel your umbilical cord bulging in your lower abdomen. If you notice this, get down on your knees and place your bottom higher than your head. This will decrease the pressure on your umbilical cord until medical help arrives.
What to do After a Crash
Immediately after an accident, it is important for you, or another occupant of your vehicle, to contact police and make sure they arrive at the scene so an accident report is filed. It is advised that you see your doctor immediately after an accident. You should especially see your doctor if you suffer any of the following symptoms in the days, weeks, or even months after an accident:
- Swelling in your fingers or face
- Severe and constant headache
- Abdominal pain
- Spotting or bleeding
- Fluid leakage or discharge
- Dizziness or faintness
- Persistent vomiting unconnected to morning sickness
High Risk Pregnancies
Your pregnancy would be considered high risk if you or your baby have suffered injuries that make future health complications more likely. Car accidents can increase the risk of this happening. So, even if you were involved in a fender bender, your doctor should monitor you to be sure there are no further complications. If there are complications, your doctor will be able to take the appropriate steps to protect you and your baby.
Take Legal Action
You have the right to file a personal injury claim after the auto accident to pursue financial restitution for your injuries, lost income, and pain and suffering. You could also wait until the baby is born and assess his or her physical health. If there are any ailments or bodily disorders that can be linked to the auto accident, you could file a claim for injuries to you and your child.
Have Questions About Your Legal Rights?
If you or a family member was pregnant and suffered an injury in an auto accident, take action today and schedule a time to speak to an experienced Houston car accident attorney. Contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. to schedule a free consultation 713-221-6800.