A number of agencies are reporting about a new study regarding the effect of auto accidents on pregnant women. The study gathered data on tissue composition and the dimensions of pregnant women to help design new ways to protect expectant mothers in automobiles. After reading the article, I thought that this was a subject that warrants discussion.
There are no clear statistics regarding the number of fetuses lost each year due to auto accidents but researchers believe that the number is in the thousands. Auto accidents, even relatively minor ones, are very serious for pregnant women. It is imperative that you ALWAYS seek medical attention following an auto accident even if you feel fine.
Some complications that can occur for pregnant women following an auto accident are:
- pre-term labor (premature birth)
- high-risk pregnancy
- birth defects
There is also emotional distress following an accident which can cause injury to both the unborn fetus and the expecting mother. I recommend that any pregnant woman seek immediate medical help following an auto accident, but especially if you notice vaginal bleeding or leaking of fluid, severe abdominal pain, dizziness, persistent vomiting, or any other uncommon symptom since this can be evidence of a much more serious problem with the fetus.
If you are an expecting mother and involved in an auto accident, contact our office right away for a free consultation. It is important to hire a lawyer who understands the unique complications for a pregnant woman following an auto accident and who will not treat the case like an ordinary car crash.