What to Know About Being in a Car Accident While Pregnant

pregnant woman driving car

Car accidents can often cause a great risk of injury, but for certain groups of people, the risk is even higher. Whether the driver or a passenger, pregnant women who are involved in car accidents face many potential issues. That’s why if you are involved in a car accident while pregnant it’s so important to know your legal rights, possible insurance claims, and what specifically is best for you and your unborn child.  

Injuries to Pregnant Women

Due to the sudden bodily movements that the force from car accidents can cause, those involved can easily injure themselves. However, this is not only for serious accidents. Even seemingly minor car accidents can cause serious bodily injury. Unfortunately, many of these injuries often go undetected, as symptoms can be delayed for days or even weeks. Since you may be seriously injured and not yet know it, it’s always best to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a car accident.  

Since pregnant women have not only their life but also that of their unborn child to worry about, there can be very serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries to worry about after an accident. These injuries include things such as:

  • Miscarriage
  • Pre-term labor
  • Creation of high-risk pregnancy
  • Internal bleeding
  • Placental abruption
  • Birth defects

It’s likely that any pregnant woman involved in a car accident will be taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital’s ER. However, just because she is seen in the emergency room does not mean that she will be examined by an obstetrician. This is why she should follow up with her OB/GYN after an accident to ensure she receives a thorough exam and any additional monitoring as needed. The sooner the doctor can catch any potential issues, the better the odds of protecting the health of the mother and unborn child. 

Although car accidents can’t always be prevented.  However, obtaining the proper insurance (including uninsured and underinsured insurance), notifying your insurance company right after the accident and filing a claim, and seeking medical care can make a huge difference in protecting the rights of you and your unborn child. 

MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those in NM Who Have Been Injured in a Car Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it can greatly impact your life. It can be difficult enough to deal with your injuries, but it can be even harder when you are left to pick up the pieces financially. You should never have to pay the price for someone else’s mistakes. 

At MPJ Law Firm, we have a deep understanding of car accidents and understand the effects that such accidents often have on your life – and that of your baby. We will always act in your best interest. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

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