Car Accidents and Pregnant Victims
Maryland experiences some of the most severe weather in the United States,
especially during the winter. The presence of snow and ice creates a significant
risk to motorists, who are much more likely to be involved in
automobile accidents when there is inclement weather. Pregnant women are especially susceptible
to injury in car crashes and other accidents. Last month, five family
members, including a
pregnant woman, were killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer in Queen Anne’s
County. The woman and her unborn child were pronounced dead at the hospital.
Most mothers are extremely careful during their pregnancies. This can take
the form of adhering to strict nutritional schedules, exercising, getting
enough sleep, and avoiding toxins and dangerous situations in general.
Unfortunately, when a car accident is caused by another person’s
negligence, there is very little, if anything, that an expectant mother
can do to protect herself or her child.
Approximately, 30,000 pregnant women across the country are involved in
car accidents every year. Many of these accidents result in
serious complications to mother, fetus, or both, including miscarriages, premature births, and
defects. One common medical problem experienced by pregnant women who
are injured in car accidents is a condition known as contrecoup. This
condition occurs when an impact causes a fetus’ head to move abruptly,
ultimately causing an injury to the brain. This injury most often manifests
as bruising, lesions, or hemorrhaging. Another critical injury common
to unborn children is placenta abruption, which occurs when an impact
causes a placenta to prematurely detach from the uterine wall. This condition
is extremely dangerous to both mother and child, as it is often accompanied
by internal bleeding.
A mother can experience a number of symptoms that indicate fetal trauma,
• Severe abdominal pain;
• Vaginal bleeding;
• Loss of consciousness;
• Intense headaches; and
• Swelling of the face or fingers.
However, outward symptoms are not always present when a fetus has sustained
an injury. For this reason, it is extremely important that a pregnant
woman who has been in an accident receive immediate medical attention
to ensure that neither she nor the baby have suffered any harm.
In Maryland, a person can be held liable for negligently or recklessly
causing a car accident that resulted in an
injury to an unborn child. If the baby survives the accident, his or her parents can file a claim
against the other driver once the child is born and its injuries are recorded.
A medical expert may need to testify at trial to provide evidence that
the infant’s injuries were directly related to the accident.
A negligent party can also be held liable in the event that a car accident
causes injuries to an unborn child that led to its untimely death. Aside
from the cost of medical bills associated with the loss of a child, a
mother can also obtain
compensation for the depression and grief caused by the termination of the pregnancy
as well as medical expenses incurred in its treatment.
Charles County, MD Personal Injury Lawyers that Fight for You
If you or your unborn child were injured in a car accident caused by another’s
negligence, please call the
Law Office of Robert R. Castro for a free consultation.