Being involved in any motor vehicle accident is frightening, but being pregnant and involved in a car crash can be even more distressing.
Car accidents pose unique threats to pregnant women that may not be present for other drivers and passengers. As a result, if you are pregnant and involved in a motor vehicle accident, you should immediately seek medical care from your OB/GYN or regular physician, no matter how minor the accident may have been or whether you feel that you have been injured or not. You also may need to get specialized treatment to accommodate the fact that you are pregnant.
Some of the potential pregnancy complications that result from a motor vehicle accident can include pre-term labor, miscarriage, bleeding, and birth defects.
An accident also may cause an otherwise normal pregnancy to transition to a high-risk pregnancy. This could cause problems for both mother and child both before, during, and after birth.
Aside from the physical complications that can result from a motor vehicle crash, an expectant mother can suffer from emotional duress and stress that can have a negative effect on her pregnancy and unborn child.
If you are pregnant and involved in a motor vehicle accident, there are some warning signs that make it necessary for you to seek emergency medical attention. These signs include the following:
- Loss of consciousness
- Vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic or stomach pain
- Leakage of fluid
- Severe headaches
- Swelling in face or fingers
- Persistent vomiting
- Chills or fever
- Noticeable changes in the baby’s movement
When you or a family member suffers serious injuries from a motor vehicle crash or any other type of accident, and another’s negligence caused the accident, you may have a personal injury claim under Wisconsin law. Meeting with a personal injury lawyer is the first step toward getting the compensation that you deserve for the injuries that you have suffered.