Settlement for Car Accident When Pregnant
A car accident can be a traumatic experience for any victim, but the stakes are even higher when you are pregnant.
Pregnant women face unique challenges when seeking a car accident settlement. In addition to dealing with the physical and emotional aftermath of the crash, they must also worry about the health of their unborn child.
At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys understand women's added pregnancy-related concerns after a car wreck. We have years of experience helping an injured person secure settlements that consider all medical bills and potential damages, including those suffered by the unborn child.
Contact our Chicago car accident lawyers today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free legal consultation with a passionate lawyer. All sensitive information you share with us will be kept confidential through the attorney-client relationship.
Pregnant women are forced to be vigilant and informed about all dangers they might be exposed to throughout their pregnancies. It can impact the unborn child's development whenever an expectant mother is involved in a car or truck accident.
Our law firm represents the interests of many pregnant women whose children suffered serious injuries during pregnancy due to an auto crash. Regrettably, an event such as an auto accident can permanently impact both the mother and her newborn’s lives.
Pregnancy Complications and Miscarriage Associated With Auto Accidents
After being involved in an auto accident, a pregnant woman might be focused on ensuring that her health is intact and that she has not suffered severe injuries. During an initial physical examination, medical professionals might overlook the collision's impact on the unborn child.
The womb provides minimal protection to the child, and the injury the child sustains can lead to premature birth, miscarriage, or death. Our personal injury lawyers have encountered the following complications from car crashes involving mothers with high-risk pregnancies.
- Premature birth: A mother’s injuries can result in delivery before the baby is fully developed. Premature childbirth is defined as birth occurring before thirty-seven weeks of fetal development.
- Congenital disabilities: If an injury has caused premature childbirth, the child may have a congenital disability. Suffering caused by complications can include birth defects like underdeveloped lungs, jaundice, anemia, heart defects, an underdeveloped gastrointestinal tract, hearing problems, or blindness.
- Emergency C section: If the mother has been involved in a car accident while pregnant, she might require a C section to deliver the child. A C-section is a major surgery that can put both the mother and child’s life at risk.
- Internal injuries: The child might suffer from internal bleeding, perforated organs, or other fetal injuries sustained during the accident or due to premature childbirth. The most serious of these is hemorrhaging, as it directly threatens the child’s life. The shoulder belt syndrome is another form of internal damage inflicted on a child during a car accident. It occurs when the shoulder belt crossing the mother’s abdomen puts too much pressure on the fetus, which is the leading cause of fetal death.
- Miscarriage: The amniotic fluid protects unborn children in the womb, but this protection is minimal. If the unborn child strikes an object such as the steering wheel or dashboard, or if the mother suffers severe trauma in a car accident while pregnant, the baby might die. It is always important to wear a seat belt with a shoulder belt and a lap belt.
- Placental abruption: The placenta carries all the nutrients that the child needs to survive through the uterine wall and into the child’s blood through the umbilical cord. Theplacenta partially or completely separates from the uterine wall due to trauma suffered in an accident, which places the child in grave danger.
The symptoms can mimic labor and cause significant physical pain and bleeding. It can also put both you and your baby at risk and requires immediate treatment. It is important to seek counsel from our legal team as you might be entitled to recover damages, including lost wages, reduced earning capacity, mental anguish, and medical expenses.
Contact an experienced lawyer at our law firm to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
The Average Settlement for a Car Accident When Pregnant
The average settlement for a car crash when pregnant is about $15,000. This number can go up or down depending on the severity of the accident and the sustained injury.
The average settlement for a car accident when pregnant can vary depending on:
- The severity of the injury
- Delivery related costs
- Whether the mother was employed at the time of the accident
- If there were any complications during the pregnancy
If you have been in a car accident while pregnant, you need to seek compensation for your injuries from an insurance company and the at-fault driver. If you fail to seek damages, you might be left with a significant financial burden that could have been avoided.
You can contact a passionate lawyer at our law firm to schedule a free consultation. We will review your case and help you determine if you have a case against the liable party. We can also help you file a wrongful death claim if your child was killed in the accident.
Long-Term Impact of Injuries to the Unborn
In addition to threatening the life of an unborn child, injuries sustained in car and truck accidents can forever impact the child’s physical and mental development and vitality.
Our Chicago auto injury lawyers wish to ensure that these children have the funds they need to overcome the complications they must endure due to a negligent driver’s actions.
Studies have shown that these complications can have a marked impact on a healthy baby, the growth, ability to keep up with other children in school, and emotional health. These injuries do not affect the child alone but significantly impact the family who loves and cares for them.
Along with the services and testimony of qualified social workers and economists, we have effective strategies that can help us maximize the value of your personal injury case and seek compensation for your child’s medical expenses.
Car Accident Pregnant Women Injuries FAQs
Our personal injury lawyers know that an injured person has unanswered questions concerning their rights and the legal action to take after sustaining injuries in car and truck accidents.
Many of our clients are worried about how their accident will affect their unborn baby and what, if anything, they can do to get help and recover medical costs and other damages.
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that pregnant women who have been in car accidents often have. You can get answers to some of the most pressing questions you may have about your legal rights and options by reading through our FAQs.
Can Car Accidents Affect an Unborn Child?
The sudden impact and jostling of a severe car crash could lead to premature childbirth, stillbirth, or miscarriage due to the mother’s body’s stress. A direct impact on the mother’s abdominal wall that affects the fetus could cause the child to be born prematurely, leading to a preventable congenital disability.
The child might be born with defective brain damage, head injury, baby syndrome, contrecoup, loss of consciousness, brain damage, and delivery. Expectant mothers must take precautions to avoid injury to their growing fetus.
Can a Car Accident Cause a Miscarriage?
The forceful trauma of a collision impact could place a pregnant woman in danger of experiencing a miscarriage. The car wreck could cause a sudden stop, airbag deployment, or back, front, or side-impact, resulting in a serious injury to the mother or womb.
A sudden impact will force the seat belt against the woman’s abdominal wall, which could cause placental abruption or another life-threatening condition for the fetus.
What Should I Do If I Get in a Car Accident While Pregnant?
If you are involved in a car accident while pregnant, seek medical attention at the emergency room or urgent care center for any injury. Many pregnant accident victims have sustained injuries that are not apparent at the accident scene.
Only a doctor with the best diagnostic tools can accurately identify any fetus’s injuries might have sustained. Slamming on the brakes or the sudden impact of a collision with other drivers could cause a placental abruption that could lead to fetal death.
Can a Hard Jolt Cause Miscarriage?
Yes. A pregnant woman’s body can withstand some bruises and bumps while carrying the fetus. However, any low-impact or high-impact force during a car crash could lead to a miscarriage, premature birth, or pregnancy loss.
However, any severe impact, fall, or sharp piercing object against the abdominal wall could be fatal to the unborn and future child. It can result in significant, sometimes result in deadly fetal trauma. It's like shaken baby syndrome.
Can a Fender Bender Hurt the Baby?
Even low-impact trauma on the expectant mother’s abdominal wall could cause a miscarriage or premature childbirth. Thus, it is essential to see the doctor immediately at the emergency room or urgent care center.
A diagnostician can identify any serious problems with the unborn child in the womb, including bruising, placental abruption, or other life-threatening conditions. Seek medical care for changes in the baby’s movement, vaginal bleeding, or abdominal pain.
What Week Is the Highest Risk of Miscarriage?
During the first trimester, the first six weeks of pregnancy bring the highest risk of losing the child through a miscarriage during the first trimester. After the twelfth week, experiencing a miscarriage or losing the child falls to five percent involving any event that could be life-threatening to the unborn baby.
Hiring a Car Accident Miscarriage Attorney
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is an award-winning personal injury law firm that first places every client’s needs. Our goal is to help you and your child recover from your injuries following a car crash. We can also help women who lose their pregnancy due to a car crash file a wrongful death claim.
Our experienced Chicago auto accident attorneys can investigate your personal injury claim, answer your questions, and explain all your legal options so that you know exactly what to expect. Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form toschedule a free consultation.
We work solely on a contingency basis, so we will never accept attorneys’ fees upfront. You will not owe us a penny until we have successfully secured compensation from the liable party or an insurance company.
A car accident lawyer will speak directly to all insurance companies involved in your pregnancy injury case to ensure you receive adequate compensation for your damages, pregnancy-related care, pain and suffering, car repairs, and other medical bills. Our attorneys follow social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus).