Being injured in a car accident is bad enough. But if you were injured in a car accident while pregnant, the level of stress, anxiety, and suffering is intensified even further. No matter how careful you might be behind the wheel, you face the risk of being involved in a crash any time you get into a vehicle.
If you are involved in a car accident and you or your unborn child is harmed as a result, seek emergency medical treatment immediately, and then contact an attorney as soon as possible.
The serious injury attorneys of the Grossman Law Offices understand what you’re going through. We have spent more than three decades helping Texas injury victims get justice and fair compensation for their injuries and other damages. More importantly, we have direct experience representing clients who were pregnant at the time of their accident.
If someone else caused your car accident, they could be liable for your physical, emotional, and financial damages. Contact us today for a free consultation and case evaluation. We can explain your options and help you get started with the legal process.
Example of a Settlement Secured by Our Firm on Behalf of a Woman Who Was Injured in a Car Accident in Texas While Pregnant
$180,000.00 Settlement / Car Accident / Premature Delivery
Grossman Law achieved a $180,000 settlement for our client, a pregnant car accident victim who suffered a premature delivery and soft tissue injuries.
The Risks of Car Accidents During Pregnancy
The SafeRide4Kids organization has compiled a wealth of research regarding the risks of car accidents while pregnant. One of the most striking facts to emerge is that, for as-yet unknown reasons, pregnant women in the second trimester are 42% more likely to be involved in a car accident than other women. Because motor vehicle collisions during pregnancy are responsible for a third of maternal deaths and nearly three times more fetal and neonatal deaths, this is indeed a cause for serious concern.
Three of the most severe potential outcomes of a car crash during pregnancy are as follows.
If a mother goes into shock, her body deems the baby as non-essential. Consequently, the body diverts blood from the uterus to the vital organs in an attempt to sustain the mother’s life. The results can be devastating. In fact, the risk of fetal mortality is 80% in cases of maternal shock.
This condition occurs when the placenta detaches from the uterine wall, cutting off blood flow to the baby. This creates a serious risk to the baby’s survival as well as the mother’s health. As many as 50% of major trauma injuries during pregnancy result in placental abruption.
Although this injury is rare, even in traumatic accidents, the likelihood of fetal death is almost 100%. When uterine rupture does occur as a result of a car accident during pregnancy, it is typically caused by either the seat belt, the steering wheel, or the vehicle’s dash panel.
Even less severe injuries can have a significant impact on the health of mother and child. Seemingly insignificant soft tissue damage can lead to premature labor and delivery, as well as other potential health risks.
What Is the Average Value of Texas Pregnancy Car Accident Settlements?
If you have been looking into the potential value of a car accident while pregnant settlement, you may well be frustrated with the lack of information you have found. In many cases, settlement details are confidential. The other challenge is that because so many potential variables exist, it is virtually impossible to estimate the average value of a pregnancy car accident settlement in Texas.
The value of your claim will depend on the details of your injuries and other damages. You could be entitled to compensation for economic and non-economic damages that include your medical treatment and care, lost wages and benefits, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering.
Beware of any pregnancy injury settlement calculators you might come across as well. Without having all the details of your case, no one can provide you with an accurate estimate of your case value. So as you search phrases such as “car accident pregnant compensation” or “rear-ended while pregnant settlement,” keep one thing in mind: The only way to determine what your settlement value might be is to discuss the details of your case with an experienced injury accident attorney.
How to Reduce Your Risk of a Car Crash While Pregnant
Naturally, you want to take every possible precaution to stay safe on the road—especially when you’re pregnant. One of the most effective ways to protect yourself and your baby is to always wear your seatbelt. If you are driving, sit well back in the seat, as far back from the steering wheel as possible. Don’t fall victim to distractions behind the wheel. Obey all traffic laws, and never drive if you are tired or fatigued.
No matter how careful you are, you cannot control the actions of others on the roadway. If you are involved in any type of motor vehicle collision, seek emergency medical attention immediately—even if it was a seemingly minor, low-speed crash. After you have been thoroughly examined by a qualified medical care provider, call an attorney as soon as possible.
How a Texas Car Accident Attorney Can Help
Your first priority after any car accident, whether or not you’re expecting a baby, is to get medical attention. If you are pregnant, go immediately to the hospital or emergency room. As soon as possible after going to the hospital, contact an experienced car accident attorney.
Getting an attorney on board as soon as possible will help get the legal process rolling. Your attorney will begin by investigating the circumstances of your accident and gathering evidence to demonstrate fault. Your lawyer and legal team will identify and document your damages to establish the value of your claim. In most cases, your lawyer will negotiate a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company. This helps expedite payment to you, so you can get the care and attention you need.
During these frightening and confusing times, it can be invaluable to have a compassionate and experienced legal professional handling everything on your behalf. This not only helps protect your legal rights but also leaves you free to focus exclusively on your health and that of your baby.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney Now for Help
For more than 30 years, the personal injury attorneys of the Grossman Law Offices have been standing by our clients’ sides, fighting to get them the justice and compensation they deserve. We will fight tirelessly for you and guide you through the complex legal process.
We offer a free consultation, and we never collect any legal fees until and unless we recover compensation in your case. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident while pregnant, contact us today to learn more about our firm or to speak directly with a Texas car accident attorney.