Most car accidents are scary and come with potential serious consequences. Add pregnancy into the mix and all these concerns are heightened.
Pregnant women (and their unborn children) are uniquely at risk in a car crash, and as such deserve special attention in the aftermath.
In this article, we'll discuss pregnant car accidents from the perspective of health, what to do, and compensation -- leaving you better prepared if you find yourself in this situation. We'll cover ….
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You don't need to be a medical expert to understand that pregnancy carries with it higher risk levels. When another life enters the equation the stakes go up.
Although the womb and its amniotic fluid provide some buffer for babies, there are a number of things that can happen as a result. Primary among them is something called a “placental abruption”, which, according to BabyCenter is as follows 
A sudden impact or a slamming on of the brakes — even if the resulting jolt is not severe — can potentially separate the placenta from the uterus. This “abruption” can lead to serious situations such as hemorrhage, miscarriage, or premature delivery.
Some other common risk factors are:
The emotional fallout from an accident can have a big effect on a pregnancy and it's one that is hard to pin down.
These are some of the most common added risk factors, and it's not to mention all the ways the mother can be injured herself. Pregnant women may not be able to participate in physical therapy or take certain drugs after an accident thus slowing or impairing their recovery.
An accident is an accident whether there is a pregnant woman involved or not. You'll want to follow all standard best practices for post-accident safety. These include
Beyond these basic steps, pregnant women will want to be vigilant for pain in the stomach area, blood or fluid loss from the genital area and loss of consciousness. All of these likely warrants a visit to the emergency room. At the ER you'll receive a thorough obstetric exam and ultrasound to check on the fetus and placenta.
Even if you don't have any apparent injuries it's good to get a checkup after any accident. Erring on the side of caution is smart in this scenario.
Some additional symptoms pregnant women should be on the lookout for:
While the health of you and your unborn baby are by far the most important thing to think about, you'll also want to consider the compensation for your accident.
One of the main factors that affects the value of your car accident settlement is the potential long term side effects. In the case of a pregnant car accident these side effects can include:
These consequences can impact the mother, the unborn child, and the entire family.
It's generally advisable to see how a pregnancy plays out before settling with an insurance company. This allows for the full extent of damages to become clear and can help account for things such as lost wages, or pain and suffering.
You may even want to enlist the help of a friend or family member to deal with the claim so you don't add stress to your life.
Be aware that the other party or their insurance company may try to claim that your pregnancy is a “pre-existing condition” and therefore they should not pay for any related expenses.
On the flipside, juries and courts tend to view pregnant women sympathetically which is good news for the value of your claim. Consulting with an experienced attorney is generally a good idea as pregnancy adds a layer of complication most personal injury claims lack.
Here are a few ways you can protect yourself if you're pregnant and have to drive often.
Normal car accidents (and their consequences) are bad enough but adding pregnancy to the equation can make them all the more complicated and/or tragic. In many cases, to get your claim properly compensated you'll need legal assistance but there are some basics to keep in mind nonetheless.
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