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Pregnant Women & Car Accident Injuries: What You Need to Know

Updated: Apr 10

Car accidents are an incredibly stressful event, but even more so when you are pregnant. Even a relatively minor accident can cause significant trauma to an unborn baby. Victims of car accidents who are also pregnant must take the proper steps after your accident to ensure they are safe and have coverage for their extensive medical bills.

Common Injuries After a Car Accident When Pregnant

Depending on how far along an expectant individual is in their pregnancy, the unborn baby may be more or less at risk. The more fluid surrounding the baby, the safer they are from impacts. However, sudden or significant impacts can still be life-threatening to both the individual carrying the baby and the unborn child.

Car accidents can cause the following:

  • Placental abruption

  • Miscarriage or stillbirth

  • Premature birth

  • Uterine rupture

  • Severe bleeding

  • Infection

  • Internal injuries in both child and mother

  • Post-traumatic shock syndrome

  • Emotional distress

What to Do After a Car Accident When Pregnant

When you are on the scene of the accident, if you can, gather the names and contact information of people on the scene, including any police officers. This will help you get a copy of the police report much more quickly. Take photos and videos of the accident scene, or ask someone else to do it if you cannot stand.

Even if you think you may be fine, get checked out by a medical professional right away. Call your OBGYN to notify them of what has occurred and follow their instructions. Most likely, they will tell you to go to the nearest emergency department or labor and delivery for an ultrasound to check on the health of the baby.

Once a medical professional has seen you, contact a personal injury attorney in your area. Pregnant individuals can incur high medical costs due to a car accident, and it is paramount that you receive proper compensation for your damages. An experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney understands exactly who to contact, what to say, and how to handle your claim.

Have you been involved in a car accident while pregnant? Contact Gomerman | Bourn & Associates. Call 415-545-8608 for a FREE case evaluation today!

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