A car accident presents a significant safety risk for pregnant women, especially in the later stages of the pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that between 1-3 percent of infants who make it to birth are exposed to motor-vehicle accidents in utero, and that car accident injuries are a leading cause of death and injuries among pregnant women.
You need to see a doctor immediately if you have been injured in a car accident in Colorado while pregnant. It is also essential to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident if someone else was to blame for the crash. We have helped many people injured in car accidents recover compensation for their injuries. You can learn more today by calling our office for a free consultation.
What Are Some Car Accident Health Risks During Pregnancy?
During the first trimester of pregnancy (roughly the first 12 weeks), the potential health risks if you are involved in a car accident are less severe than when you are further along. Because the baby has not grown that much, they are reasonably well protected in the event of an accident.
Maternal shock occurs when a mother loses enough blood in an accident that their heart cannot function correctly. This can cause the mother’s body to redirect blood and nutrients from the fetus to the mother, jeopardizing the baby’s health.
Contrecoup injuries occur when the body is violently pushed in one direction before being snapped back in the opposite direction. This abrupt change in momentum can put intense stress on a mother and her baby.
Placental disruption occurs when the placenta detaches prematurely from the uterine wall. Placental disruption can be fatal to both a child and a mother if it is not treated quickly.
Uterine rupture occurs when a car accident causes the uterus to tear. Uterine ruptures are fatal to a baby in utero in most instances.
Contact a Denver Car Accident Attorney Today
If you or your child was injured in a car accident during pregnancy, know that you have the right to seek answers and justice if someone else’s negligence caused your crash. At our law firm, our Denver car accident lawyers have handled cases like these and will be ready to put our skills and experience to work for you. Call us or contact us online to discuss your legal options during a free case evaluation.