Miscarriage can be the result of many factors, but when the death is the result of another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, the aftermath of a miscarriage can be particularly challenging to face. Although being in a car accident doesn’t mean you will have a miscarriage or other pregnancy complications, It certainly increases the risk of that happening.
Can A Car Accident Affect Pregnancy?
Absolutely. According to the CDC, 7% of all pregnancies in the United States are complicated by some form of traumatic injury, including those that come from being in a car accident.
What Happens When A Pregnant Woman Gets In A Car Accident?
If you get into a car accident while you are pregnant, you don’t only have yourself to worry about. You also have your unborn child’s safety as a concern. Some of the most common complications that happen to pregnant women, specifically related to childbirth, are:
What Are Some Symptoms of Pregnancy Complications?
If you get into a car accident while you are pregnant, it is recommended that you see your doctor right away. That being said, here are some symptoms of the above-mentioned complications.
What Do I Do If I Have Pregnancy Complications After A Car Accident?
After going to see a doctor and getting the medical care you need, we recommend that you find a personal injury lawyer. Arizona has strict laws regarding the unintentional injury or killing of an unborn child. When an unborn baby is killed during a car accident, Arizona law defines it as negligent homicide, manslaughter, or first/ second degree murder depending on the details of your case.
It would be considered negligent homicide if the other driver unintentionally causes the death of the fetus. In most negligent homicide cases, the at fault driver was involved in some kind of criminal activity. This includes driving under the influence.
Another common criminal charge would be manslaughter. This charge means that the at-fault driver did not intentionally mean to cause harm or kill anyone, but someone died as a result of their actions. This typically involves the at-fault driver driving recklessly.
First and second degree murder charges require proof that the at-fault driver had intention to kill the victims, in this case, an unborn baby. However, these charges are almost unheard of in relation to car accident cases.
Pregnancy Complication Resources
If you have suffered complications during your pregnancy as a result of a car accident, here are some resources that may be helpful.
At the Thompson Law Firm, we have more than 10 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries, including pregnancy complications. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office.
If you have suffered from pregnancy complications, contact Thompson Law Firm in Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in the greater Phoenix area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Maricopa, Globe, and Queen Creek.
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