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Pregnant moms and unborn babies face unique crash injury risks

On Behalf of | Jun 1, 2024 | Car Accidents

A car accident in any situation can lead to tragedy, but for pregnant women, the stakes are incredibly high. Not only is your well-being at risk but so is that of your unborn child.

You may feel fine after an accident, but injury to yourself or your child can take days to show symptoms. Guidance for expecting families after a pregnant woman experiences a vehicle accident can protect everyone.

What are the risks?

The sudden impact of a collision can cause the placenta to separate from the uterine wall, a condition known as placental abruption. Placental abruption can deprive the baby of oxygen and nutrients, leading to complications or even death.

Other potential risks include:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Uterine rupture
  • Premature birth
  • Direct fetal injuries

Miscarriage is also a risk after any vehicle accident with significant force.

Should you see a doctor?

Yes. Pregnant women involved in car accidents, regardless of the severity, need immediate medical attention. Even if you feel fine, a thorough examination can accurately assess your and your child’s condition. It can rule out severe injury or offer a diagnosis in time to get help for the baby and mom.

Will your accident claim cover fetal injuries?

Yes. Georgia law provides for injuries to either (or both) the pregnant mother and the unborn child caused by a car accident. You may need substantial compensation if the injuries suffered are severe or if death occurs.

Having detailed medical evidence (patient reports, test results, etc.) can improve your chances of getting what you deserve after an auto accident derails your entire life. An experienced representative can add additional strength to your claim and offer support for your family.