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Injured in a car accident while pregnant: what to do?

Getting in a car accident is one of the most stressful situations you can find yourself in. Coupled with the stress of pregnancy and crash-related injuries, a car accident is a spirit-shaking experience that can make vulnerable the most invulnerable of us. Here is a step-by-step plan for what you should do when you get into a car crash while pregnant, as well as options you may have to recover damages caused by the accident.

What You Should Do Immediately

There are three main things you should do when you’re in any car accident: ensure your safety, collect information, and contact the appropriate authorities. You’ll also want to contact a lawyer if you believe you deserve to be compensated for your loss of property and health due to the car accident.

Injured in a Car Accident While Pregnant: What to do?
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Assess Personal Injuries and Seek Medical Attention If Needed

It should go without saying that your health should be the top priority after a car accident. If after the crash it’s obvious you’re injured, call or have someone call an ambulance immediately. If your abdomen was impacted during the crash, or if you’re experiencing contractions or bleeding, head straight to the ER.

If the accident was a smaller fender bender that did not cause obvious injury, you should still mention it to your OB-GYN or primary care physician as soon as you can to ensure you and your baby are healthy.

Call Police and Collect Information

Regardless of whether you’re calling for an ambulance or the police, you should call 911 immediately after any car accident, even it’s just a fender bender. Many car insurance companies will want a copy of the police report of the accident in order to file your claim.

Though police may collect information for you, it’s a smart idea to collect it yourself as well. Write down the license plate numbers of other vehicles involved in the accident. If you have access to other drivers involved in the accident, try to trade insurance and personal information with them, but only if it is safe to do so. You’ll want their name, insurance provider, phone number, and address. Take photos of the scene — your insurance provider may ask for them.

Contact a Lawyer

If you believe you were the victim of this car accident, contact Lem Garcia Law if you’re in the state of California to see if you have a case. Our professional team offers free consultations to determine if you have a case to pursue financial compensation due to an injury you sustained in a car accident, whether you’re pregnant or otherwise.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Some Types of Pregnancy Injuries From a Car Accident?

Car accidents can cause a few pregnancy-related injuries. Premature birth, birth defects, placental abruption, fetal trauma, coup and contrecoup injuries, and other complications are all possible pregnancy-related injuries a mother may experience due to a car accident.

Can a Car Accident Cause a Miscarriage?

A miscarriage due to a car accident is uncommon, but that certainly doesn’t mean it can’t happen. If a pregnant woman’s stomach and uterus are punctured or impacted, it may result in a miscarriage. A miscarriage may also result if the mother enters cardiac arrest.

Can I Sue If I Have a Miscarriage Due to a Car Accident While Pregnant?

Short answer: yes. If your miscarriage — or any other pregnancy-related injury — is the result of a car accident, you may have a good case to sue for damages.

How Much Money for a Car Accident Settlement While Pregnant?

How much compensation you get from a successful pregnancy injury lawsuit depends largely on the details of your case. When you contact a trusted car accident lawyer such as Lem Garcia, part of the process is analyzing the nature of the accident, the property damages incurred as a result of it, and your personal and physical damages. Each case is unique in itself, and each successful case has its own levels of compensation.

Why Should I Contact a Lawyer If I Am Injured in a Car Accident While Pregnant?

If you are injured in a car accident while you’re pregnant, an injury lawyer can put together a case for a lawsuit on your behalf and will represent you if and when the lawsuit goes to court. Choose a lawyer that offers a no-win-no-fee guarantee — such as Lem Garcia — to ensure that you have a lawyer who has your best interests in mind.

Even if you decide not to sue, the paperwork and logistics of a car accident can be confusing. A lawyer can help you file your insurance claims and ensure that you have done everything you can to get financial compensation from both your insurance provider and the providers of other people involved in the accident.

What Lem Garcia Law Can Do for You

Lem Garcia Law is on your side when it comes to providing you with the relief you deserve if you find yourself in a car accident while you’re pregnant. Our expert team is so confident in their ability to win cases that Lem Garcia Law offers a no-win-no-fee guarantee. That means if we decide you have a case and that case is ruled against, you pay nothing. Lem Garcia Law’s fees will never be greater than your settlement and we offer a 30-day cancellation window if you decide our services do not meet your expectations.

Contact one of our expert team members today to get started on your case. Your consultation is free, with no obligation to enlist our services. Our goal is to be as transparent with you as possible and to provide you with the help you need through this trying time. We have acquired millions of dollars of relief for our clients — it just might be your turn.