What to Do If You're in a Car Accident While Pregnant
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Pregnancy can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a woman's life, but being involved in a car accident while pregnant can be a truly frightening situation.
A pregnant car crash victim must be concerned not only with her own health but also with the health of her unborn child. The impact of a motor vehicle crash can have many consequences on a pregnancy, some of which may not be apparent until much further along in the pregnancy or after childbirth.
Common Injuries from a Car Accident
Pregnant women are at greater risk for injury in a car accident than people who are not pregnant because of the sensitive nature of their condition. Physically, traumas caused from a car accident can lead to miscarriage, slowed growth for the baby, preterm labor complications, and elevated stress levels that create high blood pressure, preeclampsia, and problems with the placenta. The stress from a car accident can cause miscarriages in expecting mothers, and it can affect a baby's growth and development while in the womb.
The psychological and emotional damages include elevated stress levels, concern about the health of the baby, and an overall fear of a complicated pregnancy. This all leads to increased medical bills. Doctors typically want to monitor a pregnancy more closely for somebody who has been involved in a car accident while pregnant. It can greatly increase medical bills if the baby is born with complications.
How Long Should I Wait to Settle My Claim?
Pregnant women typically want to see how their pregnancy plays out before they accept a settlement from an insurance company after a car accident. This allows them to make sure they know the full extent of the damages, so if the baby has significant issues, they haven't settled the claim short before the birth. Pregnant women typically have to go to more doctors appointments, which can lead to greater lost wages than somebody who is receiving treatment who is not pregnant.
If you've been involved in a motor vehicle collision while pregnant, it is critically important to consult with a knowledge personal injury attorney to make sure you know your rights and maximize you recovery from the insurance company. You never want to settle your case before you know the full extent of your damages.
Our Dallas Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
At Zinda Law Group, our Dallas auto injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you after a car accident. We have helped many pregnant women who have been involved in a crash seek compensation for medical bills, loss of income, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. We will not only fight aggressively for your legal rights but also show you the care and compassion you need throughout your case and beyond.
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