While anyone should seek medical attention as soon as possible after being involved in a car accident, this is especially true for women who are pregnant. The extreme force of impact from a car accident can have a serious effect on a fetus’ development and cause a number of complications for pregnant women, some of which can be life-threatening for both the mother and her child. Even the mental stress that a mother experiences after a crash can affect a baby’s development. According to several studies, the actions an expectant mother takes following a car accident can be critical to ensuring the best possible treatment and overall outcome for both the mother and unborn child.
If you have been involved in a vehicle collision while pregnant, it is vital you dial 911 immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms or complications:
- Dizziness or loss of consciousness
- Pain in pelvis, shoulders, or abdomen
- Vomiting not characteristic of morning sickness
- Vaginal discharge, bleeding, or spotting
- A change in your baby’s movements
- Pain while urinating
- Swelling in your extremities or face
What Complications Can Result?
Car accidents can greatly increase a mother’s chances of experiencing a number of different medical complications during pregnancy. These adverse medical conditions are often much more prevalent in women involved in collisions following the 12th week of pregnancy since the fetus is no longer protected by the pelvic bone.
The following complications can all occur after a car accident:
- Birth defects
- Premature labor
- Placental abruption
- Cesarean section
If you have been involved in a car accident while pregnant, an attorney can represent your interests and help you seek monetary damages for any injuries that you or your baby have suffered. Successful claimants may be entitled to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income, rehabilitation costs, property damage, and pain and suffering. If you, unfortunately, lost your unborn child after a car accident, additional compensation may be sought by filing a wrongful death claim.
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At Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers, skilled Shreveport car accident lawyers have decades of personal injury experience and can provide the results-driven advocacy you need to maximize your chances of securing the financial recovery you deserve. Having recovered millions in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, your case is sure to be in excellent hands.