Nothing is more precious than a new child coming into the world. The nine months or less of waiting can be the most exciting and scariest time for soon-to-be parents. When someone’s negligence turns that time into grief due to 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 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 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 almost doubles the amount of infants reported in the same type of crashes. Many of these pregnancies never go to term due to the accident, whether a miscarriage happens immediately or 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 may 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 break loose from the uterus. This can cause internal bleeding, preterm labor, low birth weights 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 to their pregnancies and births due to fetal distress. A study at the University of Washington showed a marked increased risk for preterm births, low birth weights and placenta abruptions in women who were in auto accidents yet not apparently injured.
The worst part of these types of accidents is that at first both the child and mother may seem to be uninjured, yet as the pregnancy progresses, complications arise and 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 gestation. 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 for a wrongful death lawsuit.
It is impossible to put a value on the life of a child that has been taken away. However, when reckless or negligent actions behind the wheel of a vehicle have left bereaved parents with such a loss, they may feel that the culprit deserves more than a moving violation for their actions. A civil suit can help give closure and some vindication for the life that was so needlessly lost.Chicago Auto Accident Fetal Death Attorneys, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers
The loss of a baby during pregnancy is difficult for any family to endure. We understand that no amount of money will ever bring your child back and we are dedicated to handling these types of delicate cases with extreme professionalism and respect for the solemness of this type of tragedy. Our team at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers 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 a wrongful death lawsuit for the loss of your unborn child in a car accident by contacting us here for a free consultation.