Nothing is more precious than a new child coming into the world. The nine months or so of waiting can be the most exciting and scariest time for soon-to-be parents. When someone’s negligence turns that joy into grief because of a fetal death caused by an auto accident, there is little consolation for the loss of the life that should have been. Although fetal deaths are not officially tabulated, according to a study published by the American Medical Association (AMA) on fetal mortality, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of fetus deaths due to maternal trauma. The Chicago car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent women and families who have lost a pregnancy in a collision.
Effects of an Auto Accident on Pregnancy
It is estimated that 79,000 unborn children are in police-reported auto accidents each year in the U.S., which is almost double the number of infants reported in the same type of crashes. Many of these pregnancies never go to full term due to the accident, either because a miscarriage occurs immediately or because other complications happen down the road. The effects of the trauma can have devastating effects and risks for the child and mother, including:
- Premature labor. In some cases, the trauma may start contractions that could lead to premature labor. Babies born prematurely or preterm are at the highest risk for infant mortality and neurological problems.
- Placenta abruption. In a car accident, the impact may cause a pregnant woman’s placenta to tear loose from the uterus. This can cause internal bleeding, preterm labor, low birth weight and even fetus death. It is estimated that 80% of unborn children deaths from an auto accident are due to placental abruption.
- Fetal distress. Even pregnant women who do not report any major injuries due to an auto accident have risks associated with their pregnancies and births due to fetal distress. A study at the University of Washington showed a marked increased risk for preterm birth, low birth weight and placental abruption in women who were in auto accidents without apparent injuries.
The most devastating part of these types of accidents is that at first both the child and mother may appear to be uninjured, yet as the pregnancy progresses, complications arise that can lead to a miscarriage or infant death during or shortly after birth.
Illinois Allows Wrongful Death Lawsuits For The Death Of Unborn Children
Although not all states allow wrongful death claims for unborn children, Illinois recognizes a fetus as a person once it has become viable, usually at around 24 weeks after conception. When the unthinkable happens and a child is lost during pregnancy or is stillborn due to an auto accident caused by a negligent driver, the parents of that child may have cause to file a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain financial compensation.
It is impossible to put a value on the life of a child who has been taken away by a needless accident. However, when reckless or negligent actions of a driver behind the wheel can cost bereaved parents with an unbearable loss that makes them feel that the irresponsible motorist deserves more than a moving violation for their actions. A civil suit can provide closure or vindication for the life that was so needlessly taken.Chicago Auto Accident Fetal Death Attorneys, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC
The loss of a baby during pregnancy is difficult for any family to endure. Our wrongful death personal injury attorneys understand that no amount of money will ever bring your child back. Working on your behalf, we will remain dedicated to handling your delicate cases with extreme professionalism and respect for the solemness of your tragedy. Our team at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are experienced in all types of Chicago wrongful death and auto accident lawsuits, including fetal death cases. We invite you to discuss your pursuit of compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit over the loss of your unborn child taken in a car accident by contacting us here for a free consultation.