Experiencing a Wisconsin car crash can be both emotionally and physically traumatizing; being a pregnant car accident victim is even more terrifying. If you’ve experienced a car accident while expecting, you’re not only concerned for your own health and safety; you’re worried for the life of your unborn child. If a car accident—even a minor one—takes place, the pregnant woman and the fetus both run a high risk of serious injury.
You and Your Baby Could Be at Risk
According to a 2005 study reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology, women who are pregnant when a car crash occurs are at a far greater risk of injury than non-pregnant accident victims.
You face all of the same types of car accident injuries as any other driver. Additionally, you may be at risk of pregnancy complications that can impact both you and your unborn child. Those risks include:
- Placental abruption or detachment
- Pre-term labor
- Birth defects
- Death for the mother or child
A routine pregnancy may suddenly become high risk after a car crash and may require close medical monitoring.
What to Do Right After a Wisconsin Car Accident If You are Pregnant
It is important to seek medical attention even if the accident was minor and you have no obvious injuries.
You should call 911 immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe vaginal bleeding
- Severe belly or pelvis pain
- Leaking or gushing fluid from your vagina. This could be a sign that the umbilical cord is misplaced. If you think the umbilical cord may have bulged into your vagina, you should immediately get on your knees with your head down with your buttocks elevated higher than your head. This allows pressure on the umbilical cord to lessen while you wait for medical attention.
Even, if you do not require emergency medical care, you should always go see a doctor after being involved in a Wisconsin car accident while pregnant. Both you and your baby may have sustained injuries which are imperceptible at first. After initial examinations, be sure to follow up on your baby’s health throughout the course of your pregnancy.
How to Protect Your Car Accident Recovery
You may be able to recover damages for your accident injuries if someone else’s negligence caused your crash. However, before you are going to be able to recover damages for thing such as your past, current, and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering you are going to have to prove that you are legally entitled to such damages.
To learn more about your rights after a Wisconsin car crash, please read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims, and please contact us directly via this website to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Milwaukee car accident lawyer.