Women can sue for pregnancy complications following a car accident, provided these complications necessitate medical treatment. Car accidents pose a specific risk to pregnant women. For example, pregnant women in a car accident face a higher risk of developing complications than those not involved in a crash.
In addition, a Canadian study found that women in their second trimester of pregnancy were 42% more likely to require emergency department care after a motor vehicle accident than women not carrying a child. So, a car accident lawyer can review your case and seek compensation for pregnancy complications.
When Should I See a Doctor?
You might find it challenging to determine if your car accident caused pregnancy complications. Stanford Children’s Health reports that these signs might indicate pregnancy complications:
- Blurry vision
- Blood or fluid leakage from the vagina
- Decreased baby movement
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Feeling feverish or having chills
- Swelling of the feet, fingers, or other limbs
- Inability to hold food down after eating
- Severe headaches
These signs don’t necessarily mean that your child suffered harm in your car accident. However, if something feels off, it’s critical to seek medical attention immediately. A doctor can determine if your symptoms indicate a pregnancy complication.
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Damages Available to You After a Car Accident
Car accident victims in Georgia can pursue damages from the at-fault driver. These damages include:
- Medical expenses: The aftermath of a car accident can involve hefty medical bills. These expenses are likely to be higher if your crash involved a pregnancy complication. Your compensation can reimburse you for the costs associated with your pregnancy complication.
- Property damages: You can also receive compensation for damages to your vehicle and other property after a crash. These damages correlate with car repair and replacement expenses.
- Pain and suffering: This noneconomic damage accounts for the emotional suffering you experienced after your accident. If your child sustained harm or you lost your child in the crash, the trauma you experienced could affect your compensation total.
Evidence in Car Accident Cases
To receive compensation, you must prove that your car accident caused your pregnancy complications. A car accident attorney from our firm can establish this linkage with:
- Expert medical statements
- Your medical records
- Eyewitness testimonials
Recovering compensation requires establishing that another party’s negligence caused your injuries. This process involves proving four statements in a car accident case:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care by driving responsibly
- They failed to uphold this duty of care
- This failure caused your car accident
- You suffered demonstrable injuries as a result
Seeking damages after a car accident typically involves insurance settlements. For example, Georgia requires drivers to carry liability insurance that reimburses victims injured by negligent drivers.
However, securing a settlement necessitates negotiations with insurance adjusters. Unfortunately, insurers might try to get you to admit fault, which can damage the valuation of your settlement. They may also ask you for a recorded statement, which they could use to reduce the validity of your claim.
Therefore, you might want to hire a car accident attorney before starting insurance negotiations. Every word or phrase you say to the at-fault party’s insurer can be used against you. In addition, once you settle your claim, you can’t pursue any more damages.
What About Suing the At-Fault Driver for Pregnancy Complications?
People with little legal experience often assume lawsuits regularly occur after car accidents. However, this assumption doesn’t reflect reality because lawsuits are:
- More expensive than out-of-court settlements
For these reasons, lawyers and insurers tend to avoid lawsuits whenever possible. Similarly, third-party liability insurance exists to reduce lawsuits.
However, some car accidents still necessitate a lawsuit. Thus, if you believe your case requires legal action, consider speaking with a car accident lawyer from our firm. Our experienced legal team can advise you on your options.
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How Long Do I Have to File a Pregnancy Complication Lawsuit?
You should get started on your case as soon as possible if you believe that your car accident caused pregnancy complications. Because car accident cases fall under personal injury law, they’re subject to Georgia’s personal injury statute of limitations.
O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33 sets a two-year deadline after an accident to file a lawsuit. So, immediately starting your claim doesn’t just preserve your ability to pursue a lawsuit. It also provides you and your legal team more time to build your case.
Let Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Explain Your Options
Our team of personal injury lawyers has won millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Cases involving pregnancy complications are both complicated and time-sensitive. If you lost your unborn child, you and your partner might be able to recover compensation for your emotional suffering.
We care about supporting our clients as they navigate challenging times. In addition, we work on contingency, so our services won’t cost you a cent upfront. So, contact our offices today for a free case evaluation.