Car accidents are often terrifying experiences due to the fact that they can cause a great risk of injury. Even scarier is when the driver or passenger in an accident is a pregnant woman. When this is the case there are even more potential issues and the stakes are even higher. This is why it’s so important that pregnant women understand what they are legally entitled to, how insurance can help, and what is best for them and their unborn child.
How Car Accidents Can Impact Pregnant Women
The sudden force involved with car accidents is what generally causes bodily harm. This is because the force causes sudden bodily movements. But even minor “fender benders” or other small car accidents can still result in serious bodily harm. However, sometimes these symptoms are delayed, leaving many to believe that they are unharmed when in fact their life – or the life of their unborn child – could be in great jeopardy. In fact, sometimes symptoms can be delayed for days or even weeks. Therefore, it’s always best to seek immediate medical attention after a car accident. This is especially true for those who are pregnant.
Potential Injuries and Issues
While anyone is at risk for serious injuries, pregnant women have other serious or even life-threatening injuries to be concerned about. Such issues include:
- Pre-term labor
- Creation of high-risk pregnancy
- Internal bleeding
- Placental abruption
- Birth defects
For this reason, most pregnant women who are involved in a car accident will be taken by ambulance to the closest hospital. Even so, a pregnant woman who is involved in an accident should always follow up with her OB/GYN in order to be sure that there isn’t anything further wrong. (She will not always be examined by an obstetrician in the ER.) Since time is of the essence when it comes to catching potential issues with the fetus (and the mother), it’s best to see your OB/GYN as soon as possible.
Follow Up with a Visit to Your Doctor
Unfortunately, no matter how many precautions you take, car accidents can’t always be prevented because they aren’t always your fault. They may be the result of human error, driving conditions, or issues with the vehicle itself. Regardless, it’s important that you have the proper insurance – both uninsured and underinsured insurance – and contact and notify your insurance company immediately after an accident in order to file a claim.
The Attorneys at Ceja Law Firm Help Those in Houston Who Have Been Injured in an Accident
If you have been injured in an accident due to the recklessness or negligence of another, it’s vital that you understand what you are entitled to under the law. With this information under your belt, you can make important decisions regarding how you want to move forward. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Texas personal injury attorney.
At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we understand the impact that an accident can have on many parts of your life and the importance of properly dealing with such negligence or recklessness. That’s why we will work to get you the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!