Getting injured in a motor vehicle collision is traumatic and stressful, regardless of the circumstances. However, if you are pregnant and already in a vulnerable stage of your life, a car accident can be even more devastating.
When you are pregnant, you take any measure possible to protect yourself and the life of your unborn baby. However, in certain situations, like a car accident, this may be impossible. You can be the most careful and cautious driver, but you simply cannot control the actions of other motorists on the road. When an accident does occur during this critical time of your life, you need to take certain steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your child that you are carrying inside.
The Higher Risk of Injury
If you are involved in a car accident, you are at a high risk of injury. This risk of injury increases ten fold if you are pregnant and further increases with each stage of pregnancy. If you are passed your first trimester (12th week of pregnancy), you are at an even higher risk of injury to yourself and your baby. The fetus is now no longer protected as it was during the earlier stages of pregnancy. As such, the risk of injury during a car accident to your unborn baby is much greater.
Steps Pregnant Car Accident Victims Should Take After the Collision
Every car accident victims should take certain steps to ensure their health and protect their legal rights. However, these immediate steps are even more important if the car accident victim is pregnant.
One of the most important steps that pregnant car accident victims should immediately take after a collision is to go to a hospital emergency room, even if you are not transported by emergency personnel from the scene of the accident and you do not feel that you are injured. You should also make certain to contact your OBGYN.
Some risks that pregnant car accident victims may face include:
- Placental abruption – a condition in which the placenta (the part of the uterus that is responsible for delivering oxygen and nutrients to the baby) can detach from the lining of the uterine wall.
- Premature delivery
- Birth injury to the fetus
- Death of the fetus
To avoid these serious medical conditions or at least reduce the likelihood of them happening, it is imperative to seek immediate medical help. After you have ascertained the level of your injury, you should consult with an Orange County car accident attorney to protect your legal rights and seek the full compensation that you deserve for the injuries that you have suffered.
Call an Experienced Orange County Car Accident Attorney
The legal team at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas is dedicated to helping our pregnant car accident clients who have suffered serious injuries reach the best monetary settlements.
If you or a loved one has any questions about your car accident claim, our experienced Orange County motor vehicle accident attorneys are available to personally review your case. Call us at 1-888-848-5048 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our legal team today.