Car accidents are always frightening events, but they can be especially worrisome when pregnant women are involved. During pregnancy, a woman's body is designed to protect both the woman and her fetus. The trauma caused by a car accident can pose a significant risk to pregnant women.
When a pregnant woman is involved in a car accident, it is important that extra precautions are taken to ensure her well-being. Remember that a pregnancy is considered high-risk if the mother and her fetus have suffered any type of injury. If you have been in an accident with a pregnant woman or if you are pregnant and was recently in an accident, be sure to keep the following in mind:
- Call 911 immediately if a pregnant woman has lost consciousness, is suffering from abdominal or vaginal pain, or is suffering from heavy spotting immediately following an accident.
All accident victims must seek medical attention if they are suffering from pain or have lost consciousness. However, time is of the essence when treating pregnant women. Do not hesitate to call 911 if a pregnant woman displays any of the above symptoms after an accident.
- Pregnant women who experience swelling in their extremities, fever, dizziness or heavy spotting any time after an accident should seek medical attention.
It is important that pregnant women remain vigilant after an accident. Women who display any of the above symptoms should contact their obstetricians immediately. Remember that injuries caused by accidents may not be noticeable until several weeks after the accident.
- Contact a qualified attorney to help with a personal injury claim.
The costs associated with a high-risk pregnancy can be significant. If a woman's pregnancy becomes high-risk due to an accident or if she loses her child to a miscarriage because of an accident, she may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. The attorneys at Tate Law Group are experienced in such matters and can provide compassionate, informed guidance to these women.