Women who get hurt in accidents in Baltimore can suffer significant personal injuries. However, if these women are pregnant, the severity of the incident takes on a whole new aspect as their unborn baby can get hurt, as well. In utero injuries can be life-threatening for both mother and baby, and can saddle the child with lifelong injuries that can alter the course of their future.
The personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian understand the importance of getting your unborn child the compensation they need if they have been hurt in an accident that was caused by someone else. By hiring our lawyers to represent both you and your unborn child, you can take the steps necessary to protect everyone's future.
When Pregnant Women Suffer Personal Injuries
Accidents can happen to anyone and can happen at any time. Whether you are driving and get hit by someone else or are simply walking down the aisles of a grocery store and slip on a slick spot, there are dangers out in the world that can be impossible to prepare for and defend against.
In these situations, both pregnant women and their unborn babies can get hurt, drastically altering their future.
Injuries to Pregnant Mothers
Pregnant women are prone to suffer the same kinds of injuries that others are, ranging from sprains, broken bones and lacerations to traumatic brain injuries. However, women who are carrying an unborn child are also at risk to a variety of other injuries, precisely because they are pregnant. For example, pregnant women are more likely to suffer whiplash during a car accident or a slip and fall case, precisely because the muscles and tendons in their core are already stretched and under a lot of stress. Other injuries that pregnant women can face include:
- Labor complications
- High blood pressure from the stress
In the worst cases, when the infant is lost from injuries sustained by the pregnant mother in the accident, women can suffer from the following symptoms, as well:
- Extreme depression
- Mental anguish
Injuries to Unborn Babies
Unborn babies can also suffer serious injuries if they are involved in an accident. In some cases, these injuries can cause development problems, and can even be fatal for the unborn child. Some of the injuries that fetuses can suffer while in utero include:
- Concussions from the impact
- Birth defects
- Development delays and abnormalities
To complicate matters, the symptoms that suggest an unborn child has been hurt in an accident can be difficult to see or diagnose. Pregnant women and doctors who assume that everything is okay after a minor accident can miss telltale signs of a serious injury to the fetus, compounding the severity of the injury by delaying the treatment necessary for the unborn child to recover.
Causes of Injuries to Pregnant Women
Pregnant women can get hurt in a wide variety of ways. However, there are some kinds of instances that occur more frequently than others. These include:
- Car accidents. Pregnant women are just as prone as other people to be involved in a car accident in Baltimore. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), between 1% and 3% of children were involved in a car accident while in utero, while car accidents were the leading cause of death for all women aged between 15 and 44 in America in 2009.
- Slip and fall accidents. Pregnant women – no matter how athletic – are far less mobile than they are when they are not carrying a child. This can spell disaster if they do not notice a dangerous floor condition or other hazards on the ground. If a pregnant woman trips or slips and falls, the jolt can have lasting repercussions not only for the mother but also for the unborn child, particularly if the mother is not able to break their fall before hitting their stomach.
- Medical malpractice. Finally, a pregnant woman can get seriously hurt if a doctor makes a mistake. Such mistakes can come in a variety of forms, including surgical errors during an internal procedure. However, for pregnant women, the most common form that medical malpractice can take is when a doctor prescribes medications that will have an adverse impact on the unborn child. These mistakes can have disastrous implications for the child's future development.
Compensation for Injuries Suffered by Pregnant Women
Pregnant women and their unborn children can recover compensation from the person or the people who were responsible for the accident that led to their injuries. Under Maryland's personal injury law, this compensation goes above and beyond just the costs of the medical treatment that the mother and child require to overcome their symptoms. It also includes:
- Pain and suffering. Both the mother and the child, once born, can recover compensation for the amounts of pain and suffering they have to go through because of their injuries. For a child saddled with debilitating injuries, these can be critically necessary.
- Lost income. The mother and child can also recover compensation for whatever inability to earn a living that they end up facing, because of their injuries. Again, for unborn children who get seriously hurt and face developmental delays or debilitating injuries that will pose problems for them, throughout their lifetime, recovering compensation for lost income and earning capacity is essential for leading a full and rewarding life.
Gilman & Bedigian: Baltimore's Lawyers for Injured Pregnant Women
The personal injury attorneys at the law office of Gilman & Bedigian in Baltimore, Maryland, understand the highly complex nature of representing pregnant women who have been hurt by someone else's negligence. These victims bear unique injuries that require extensive treatment, or else another innocent life will be saddled with often insurmountable obstacles for the rest of his or her lifetime.
Reach out to Gilman & Bedigian for the legal representation that it takes to recover the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us online if you or a woman you love has been hurt while carrying a child and needs legal assistance.