Pregnant women are at an increased risk for sustaining serious injuries in auto accidents. Even car accidents that occur at low speeds can impact a pregnant woman enough to harm her baby. In addition, growing pregnant bellies make it difficult for seat belts to fit properly, thus causing additional harm to the mother and baby.
In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, your first and only priority should be the health of you and your baby. As such, call 911 immediately after any type of car crash, including fender benders. Once paramedics arrive at the scene, be sure to let them know you are pregnant, especially if you are not yet showing. Both you and your baby will need to be closely monitored to determine if an injury was suffered.
Once you are in the hospital, medical professionals will likely do an ultrasound to visualize the baby and the placenta. You will be monitored closely to ensure that you did not sustain significant injury as well and your baby will be electronically monitored. Pregnant women who are involved in a car accident have an increased risk of:
- Premature birth
- Cesarean section birth
- Birth defects
- Placental abruption
When you and your baby have been examined by a doctor and released from the hospital, be sure to pay close attention to how you feel and your baby’s movements. Return to the emergency room immediately if you notice any of these signs or symptoms:
- Decrease in baby’s movements
- Severe headaches
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Unusual vaginal discharge and bleeding
- Abnormal swelling
Contact Seattle Car Accident Lawsuit Attorneys
If a negligent driver has injured you or your baby, an experienced Seattle car accident attorney at Phillips Law Firm can help. To learn more about your legal options, call us at 1-800-708-6000. Our Seattle personal injury lawsuit attorneys are waiting to assist you 24/7, offering a free case evaluation. Remember our no fee promise. If we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee.
The personal injury lawyers at Phillips Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Auburn, Renton, Federal Way, Bellingham, Marysville, Lakewood, Redmond, Shoreline, and throughout the State of Washington.