It wasn’t just you who was hurt in your recent Illinois car crash. Someone else’s negligence also hurt or killed your unborn child. As a parent-to-be, it is important that you understand your rights in this unique situation so that you can decide what to do next.
How a Car Crash Can be Dangerous for an Unborn Child
The trauma of a car accident may result in…
- Placenta abruption: This occurs when the placenta separates from the uterus. Your baby may be deprived of vital oxygen and nutrients and you may suffer significant bleeding. Your child may be at risk of suffering a premature birth or being stillborn.
- Premature labor: The trauma of the crash may cause you to go in to labor earlier than you would have if you had not been in the accident. The complications of premature labor depend, in part, on how far along you are in your pregnancy. However, the results can be developmental delays, neurological issues, and fetal death.
Additionally, an unborn child may suffer fetal distress if the umbilical cord is compromised or if your oxygen is cut off during the accident.
These complications may—or may not—be immediately felt by you. Accordingly, it is always important to seek prompt medical treatment if you are in a car accident while pregnant.
What to Do If Your Baby Is Lost—Could You Have a Legal Case?
It seems impossible that the life which you were so eagerly anticipating has been taken away so suddenly because of someone else’s negligence. Illinois law recognizes how significant your loss is and gives you the right to file a wrongful death claim for the loss of your child if you were at least 24 weeks pregnant. Twenty-four weeks is currently the time when a child could survive outside of the womb, and thus it is the gestational age when a parent can sue for loss of life in Illinois.
Pregnancy loss from a car crash is an emotionally and legally significant type of traffic accident injury. If this tragedy has happened to you, then please start a live chat with us now and schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced Illinois attorneys today.