What Should I Do If I'm Injured in a Car Accident While Pregnant?
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While pregnancy comes with a lot of excitement, many people do not understand the mental and physical stresses placed on an expecting mother. Even the smallest setback, like having a long walk to your car in a parking lot, can at times be a source of frustration.
Naturally, experiencing a car accident at this busy time can feel like way too much to handle. You feel responsible not just for your own well-being but for the health and safety of your unborn child as well. To protect yourself and your unborn baby, it is important to know the special legal protections that you are entitled to.
To learn more about your legal rights and to have your questions answered, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with car accident lawyers in El Paso, Texas.
What to Do to Protect You and Your Unborn Child
First and foremost, seek out medical attention immediately. This includes immediately informing first responders on the scene that you are pregnant. That way, they can start monitoring you and your child right away.
After the accident, even if your child seemed healthy after receiving monitoring from first responders, you should go to the hospital to get more extensive verification that you and your unborn baby are both in good health. Even if the crash seemed like a minor fender bender, it is better to be safe than sorry when both of your overall health may depend on it.
In the days following the accident, continue to go to follow-up appointments that you have scheduled. This is not only in your best interest health-wise but also is a safe way to ensure that the insurance company will verify that your emotional distress claims are genuine. That way, you are more likely to receive just compensation for your injury.
Attend scheduled medical appointments after the birth of your child. Unfortunately, some signs of injury relating to the crash may not be immediately apparent, so it is important to stay vigilant so that you can detect any possible signs of injury later on.
When Is the Best Time to File a Claim?
Because signs of your child’s injuries may not present themselves until later, sometimes it is a wise decision to wait until after you give birth, and your child has grown, to see if your child has suffered any injuries from the accident.
A relatively common example is premature birth resulting from accident trauma. If that becomes the case, a large part of your legal claim would become your child’s medical bills for treatment for delayed development or other problems that premature babies often face.
Unique Legal Protections for Pregnant Women in Car Accidents
Thankfully, the legal system realizes that as an expecting mother involved in a car accident, you experience different challenges than someone who is not bearing a child. This gives you some special legal remedies.
Like any other person in a car accident, you may be able to take legal action against the at-fault driver for your medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, or other losses that you suffered from the collision. Being pregnant is an aggravating factor that insurance companies must factor into your claim, and it can make you entitled to significant damages.
Your pain and suffering damages also are likely to be greater. As an expecting mother involved in an auto accident, you will be worried about the well-being of your unborn child, as well as yourself, which can cause heightened stress. Having to wait and see whether your child is completely healthy until well after they are born also compounds this worry.
You and Your Child Deserve the Best Legal Representation Possible
At Zinda Law Group, our El Paso car accident lawyers have helped thousands of injury victims get their lives back on track after a crash. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you pursue the maximum compensation you deserve, and as one of our clients, you will pay nothing unless we win your case. That's our No Fee Guarantee.
If you have been involved in a car accident while pregnant, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free consultation with experienced El Paso injury lawyers.
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