Lawyers for Pregnant Women Injured in Car Accidents: Chicago, Illinois
Pregnant women are forced to be vigilant and informed about all dangers they might be exposed to throughout their pregnancies. Whenever an expected mother is involved in a car or truck accident, her injuries can impact the unborn child’s development.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents the interests of many pregnant women whose children suffered serious injuries during pregnancy due to an auto accident. Regrettably, an event such as an auto accident can have such a permanent impact on a mother and her newborn’s lives.
Car Accident Pregnant Women Injuries FAQs
Can Car Accidents Affect an Unborn Child?
The sudden impact and jostling of a severe car accident could lead to premature birth, 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 injury, and delivery.
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 severe injuries to the mother or womb.
A sudden impact will force the seatbelt 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 motor vehicle accident and any stage during her pregnancy, seek immediate 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 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 child. Fetal trauma or another fetal injury could be deadly.
Can a Fender Bender Hurt the Baby?
Even low-impact trauma on the expectant mother’s abdominal wall or other severe injuries could cause a miscarriage or premature birth. Thus, it is essential to see the doctor right away 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 immediate medical care for there is any change 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 miscarriage. Some women might experience a miscarriage without realizing they were ever pregnant.
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.
Pregnancy Complications and Miscarriage Associated with Auto Accidents
After being involved in an auto accident, a pregnant woman might be focused on making sure that her health is intact and that she has not suffered any severe injuries. During an initial physical examination, medical professionals might overlook the impact that the collision might have had on the unborn child.
The womb provides minimal protection to the child, and some injuries the child sustains can lead to premature birth, miscarriage, or death. Our personal injury lawyers have encountered the following complications which have arisen due to motor-vehicle crashes involving mothers with high-risk pregnancies.
- Premature birth — A mother’s injuries can result in a birth before the baby is fully developed. Premature birth is defined as any birth occurring before thirty-seven weeks of fetal development.
- Congenital disabilities — If an injury has caused a premature birth, the child may suffer from some form of congenital disability. Complications can include underdeveloped lungs, jaundice, anemia, heart defects, an underdeveloped gastrointestinal tract, hearing problems, or blindness.
- Internal injuries — The child might suffer from internal bleeding, perforated organs, or other internal injuries sustained during the accident or as a result of premature birth. The most serious of these is hemorrhaging as it directly threatens the child’s life.
- Infection — Both the child and mother can develop an infection following a vehicle collision due to introducing foreign bodies into a wound. If the infection festers and spreads, the infection can shut down organs and spread into the bloodstream.
The blood infection is referred to as septic shock and is common in unborn children with undiagnosed infections.
- Miscarriage — Unborn children are protected by the amniotic fluid contained within 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, the baby might die as a result.
Miscarriage can have a lifelong emotional impact on the mother, and her emotional suffering needs to be considered when attempting to place a financial value on the loss.
- 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. The placenta could tear away from the uterine wall due to trauma suffered in an accident, which places the child in grave danger.
It can also put the mother at risk and requires immediate treatment. The symptoms can mimic labor and cause significant pain and bleeding.
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 as well as their 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 child’s healthy 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.
Linking your child’s injuries to a car or truck accident can be difficult and only adds insult to the injury. Our lawyers rely on access to numerous medical experts and specialists to help develop a treatment plan and provide valuable testimony that will substantiate your claims.
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 case and ensure that your child’s medical needs are met both now and in the future.
Hiring a Car Accident Miscarriage Attorney
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is an award-winning personal injury law firm that places every client’s needs first. It is our goal to help you and your child recover from your injuries following an accident.
Our experienced Chicago auto accident attorneys can investigate your 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 to schedule a free consultation.
We work solely on a contingency basis, so we will never accept attorneys’ fees up front. You will not owe us a penny until we have successfully secured compensation on your behalf.
Our car accident lawyers will speak directly to all insurance companies involved in your pregnancy injury case to ensure you receive adequate compensation for your damages, medical care, pain-and-suffering. Our attorneys follow social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus).