The average settlement for a car accident while pregnant is impossible to determine, as the circumstances are different for each case. Should you be awarded a settlement, that amount will largely depend on:
- Your injuries
- Medical care costs
- If the baby was harmed and to what extent
- Your overall quality of life
In addition to your medical bills stemming from the accident, you might also be entitled to collect other forms of compensation. A lawyer on our team can review how the accident has affected your life financially and non-financially, and determine an appropriate amount of compensation you can claim.
Possible Complications That Come of the Car Accident
According to Mayo Clinic, when a pregnant woman sustains an injury in a traumatic accident, her body does an excellent job of protecting the child. However, as the child grows, they are more vulnerable to trauma.
Furthermore, a minor injury can lead to wrongful death. One of the most common causes of fetal demise after blunt force trauma is placental abruption,when the traumatic force cuts through the placenta via the uterine wall. The mother might also be at risk of mortality, as she might experience shock, vaginal bleeding, or respiratory failure.
You must see the doctor as soon as you can after an accident to ensure that the mother and child are in good health and receive treatment to prevent further damage. These medical costs and other related losses can add up, so you can request compensation for them when you file your claim or lawsuit.
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Pregnant Women Can Collect Damages Following a Car Accident
You don’t have to bear the financial burden of paying off the expenses that stem from the car accident on your own. You can request different forms of compensation from the liable party. How much you can request depends on how the accident affected you and your child.
Still, you can claim damages for:
- Medical bills: For both the mother and unborn child’s treatment
- Lost wages: If you couldn’t work because you had to go to the doctor
- Future lost earning capacity: If your injuries keep you from returning to your job permanently
- Pain and suffering: For the physical pain you’re enduring
- Mental anguish: For the emotional turmoil you’re suffering
- Lost quality of life: If you can’t attend the activities you enjoy
If you lost your child or a loved one in the accident, you might have the option to claim damages for their after-life expenses, like funeral and burial costs and your loss of consortiumor society.
Filing a Lawsuit
Should you choose to file a lawsuit, you only have limited time to do so. As such,O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33 typically allows two years to bring a civil suit against the at-fault party.
Our lawyers can help you follow this strictlyenforced deadline should you promptly notify us. If not, we might not be able to gather all the evidence we need to file in time, which might result in the court denying your lawsuit altogether.
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When You Let a Lawyer on Our Team Take Over Your Case
Whether you suffered injuries or you lost your child in the accident, you have been through a traumatic experience and should take time to recover—not focus on pursuing a case. Our car accident lawyers can do that for you. They can:
- Request the accident report
- Search for evidence and create a case file
- Figure out who is liable and owes you compensation
- Speak to your medical team to get an idea of your prognosis
- Communicate with the other party’s insurance company and legal team
- Negotiate a settlement on your behalf
- Litigate your case if no settlement agreement is found
If you have never had to take legal action after a car accident, you might have many questions regarding the process. Your lawyer will always be there to address your concerns at any point, so we encourage you to reach out at any time.
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How Much It Will Cost for Our Lawyers to Represent You
Car accident lawyer costs often prevent victims from seeking legal counsel. When you first call our office to speak with a team member, you will receive a complimentary case review at no obligation. Should you decide to work with us, we will agree upon a percentage we will take as our fee once you are awarded compensation.
Therefore, since we operate on contingency, you owe us nothing out of pocket, hourly, or for retainment. You’re risking nothing when you have us as your legal advocates.
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Will Strive to Get You the Compensation You Need
If you are concerned about the average settlement for a car accident while pregnant, don’t be. Every case is different, but let’s focus on yours.
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