Stephen Hasner | Car Accidents | December 30, 2020
There is nothing scarier to an expecting mother than to get injured while in the second or third trimester of a pregnancy. A forty-week process that is already fraught with so much anxiety and risk becomes even riskier. This is especially true if you suffered your injuries in a car accident.
Unfortunately, experiencing a car accident while pregnant is a real possibility. Even though you are pregnant, life goes on which means driving to work, home, and a million other places. Because you can’t control the decisions of other drivers you can’t always stop an accident from happening. There are, however, several things you need to know about going through a car accident while pregnant.
The Risks to Mother and Child
If you have been in a car accident while pregnant, the very first thing you should do is seek medical attention. If you don’t feel injured and are not experiencing any pain, you still need to consult your doctor and let him or her examine the baby to make sure everything is alright.
It is not uncommon for pregnant women who have been in an accident to experience:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Stomach or pelvic pain
The impact of the accident could also initiate labor, even if you are still weeks out from your due date. If this happens, premature birth is a real possibility.
Even if you don’t begin labor as the result of a car crash, your doctor will most likely classify the remainder of your pregnancy as high-risk. High-risk pregnancies require greater care in the form of more appointments and are also more likely to require intervention during labor.
In addition to more frequent meetings with your doctor, there are several other ways your high-risk pregnancy might be treated.
A few possibilities include:
- Additional testing and ultrasounds to make sure the baby is unharmed and in the right position
- Bed rest
- Specialized treatment plans
While this might sound frightening, the good news is that even after a car accident there is still a strong likelihood that you and your baby will recover. The only difference is that in this case, your treatments and recovery might cost more than they otherwise would have.
Legal Options if You’ve Been Injured in a Crash While Pregnant
If you have been in an accident while pregnant, after seeking medical attention, the next thing you need to do is contact a qualified personal injury lawyer. Because the stakes are higher and the issues more complex, you will require the help of a lawyer to make sure you are fairly represented.
Your lawyer will make sure fault is assigned properly. This is a crucial step in the process as fault can determine whether or not you are eligible for compensation and how much. If the other driver was at-fault it is their responsibility to pay for the extra medical costs you have incurred and cover your wages for the work you have missed.
Unfortunately, you will most likely be dealing with the other driver’s insurance company who will do everything in their power to deny fault and limit the amount of money they have to pay out. In some cases, insurance companies might argue that your pregnancy was a pre-existing condition and they should not have to pay for your medical bills.
Only with the assistance of a skilled car accident lawyer can you fight back against such unconscionable legal maneuvering and get the money you deserve. This might include writing a settlement demand letter where you outline your case and explain why the insurance company owes as much as it does.
It might also include a lawsuit where you and your lawyer bring your case before a judge and jury. Believe us, the last thing an insurance company wants is to go up against a pregnant mother-to-be before a jury. Even the threat of a trial can make the insurance company more responsive and help you get justice.