Being in a car accident is a scary experience in any circumstances. If you are pregnant, it can be even more so. In the aftermath of a car accident while pregnant, it’s important to stay calm, seek medical attention immediately, and contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible so you can get the compensation you deserve for any injuries to you and/or your unborn child.
General Tips for What to Do After a Car Accident
The general steps to take after a car accident are similar whether you are pregnant or not.
- Stay calm, and do not lash out at the other driver. Instead, only speak to them as much as necessary to get the information you need.
- Get the other driver’s information, including their name, license plate, and insurance information. You should also get contact information for any witnesses.
- Avoid saying “I’m sorry,” as this can be taken as an admission of guilt and could be used against you during the claim process.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you do not think you have been injured. Some injuries take time to appear, so it’s important for a doctor to examine you and determine if this could be the case.
- If you can safely do so, take photos of the accident and gather other evidence at the scene.
- Contact a personal injury attorney once you are able to safely do so.
Special Considerations For a Car Accident While Pregnant
Getting prompt medical attention is especially important if you are pregnant during a car accident because the accident can cause medical issues related to the pregnancy. Your medical care provider will start by ensuring that your condition is stable and will check for any signs of injuries to you or your unborn child. In many cases, additional monitoring in the hospital is necessary for pregnant accident victims and the care provider will let you know of any symptoms to monitor or signs to watch for when you leave the hospital.
One of the major issues that can result from a car accident while pregnant is placental abruption, which is when the placenta separates from the uterus prior to delivery. This can result in hemorrhage, premature labor, or miscarriage. You may not initially notice any symptoms if this occurs, which is why it is so important to get medical attention as soon as possible.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health
In addition to physical concerns, it’s important to take care of your mental health following a car accident. A collision causes stress even under the best possible circumstances, and being pregnant is likely to add to your concerns. It’s important to take appropriate action, but to try not to panic. Reach out to family members for support, and consider seeing a professional if you are experiencing significant distress after the accident occurs. Our team can help you find these resources and we are compassionate and understanding.
Personal Injury Cases After a Car Accident During Pregnancy
Personal injury cases involving a pregnant driver are complex and it’s important to work with an experienced lawyer. At Grabb & Durando, we are knowledgeable and compassionate and can help you during this difficult time.