What to Do if You are in a Car Accident While Pregnant
Have you suffered a car accident while pregnant? If you’ve been rear-ended while pregnant or had another type of accident, it’s normal to be worried about your own health and that of your unborn child.
A scientific study showed 82 percent of fetal deaths in the U.S. over a three-year period were caused mainly by a motor vehicle crash. A blow to the mother’s abdomen presents a very serious risk of fetal injury. If the mother has a cardiac episode during the accident, risk is also increased.
What should pregnant women do after an accident? At Salmu Law Firm, we recommend that you follow these steps:
1. Summon Emergency Medical Services Right Away
Alerting the authorities to an accident is the right step in any accident. In the case of a pregnant woman, however, it’s essential that care be rendered as soon as possible. If you are the one to call 911 after an accident, be sure to specify that a pregnant woman is at the scene. Disclose symptoms you are experiencing as well as details about anyone else who may be hurt.
2. See a Physician for a Complete Examination
As soon as possible after an accident, you should see a doctor for an examination separate from any emergency care you might have received. Only a complete physical can establish any harm done to you or to your unborn child. If it is necessary to see a specialist, do this as soon as you can. If you experience unusual pain or bleeding between appointments, seek emergency care.
3. Reduce Your Risk of Complications
Even though car crashes bring severe risks to expectant mothers, fetal death is still unlikely. However, it is important to reduce emotional stress on the mother in the wake of an accident. Extreme emotional duress can be associated with premature birth and other complications. Accident victims should consider seeing a counselor or seeking a support group.
4. Talk to a Lawyer
Very few people survive a car accident without some long-term medical concerns. Even a “minor” accident can result in injuries like whiplash or head trauma that may not present symptoms right away. By discussing your case with a lawyer, you can defend your legal rights. The right lawyer will help you pursue the money you may be entitled to as a result of your accident.
Salmu Law Firm has Experience Helping Pregnant Women Receive Fair Settlements
At Salmu Law Firm, we understand an automotive accident is an especially difficult time for an expectant mother. As a leading San Diego personal injury law firm, we have helped pregnant women facing the aftermath of an accident take their cases to court and win settlements that take their needs into account – including both long-term medical care and their suffering.
To find out more, please contact our San Diego office today. We look forward to speaking with you.