When a pregnant woman is involved in a Sarasota car accident, her unborn child may be added to the list of victims in crash. Even if injuries to the fetus are not readily apparent, damage can still occur. Understanding the risks of Florida personal injuries to pregnant women and their unborn babies is the first step in prevention.


If a pregnant woman is involved in a Sarasota auto accident, she faces the following risks:


  • Pre-term labor

  • Miscarriage

  • Internal bleeding

  • Hemorrhaging

  • Birth defects

  • Placental abruption

  • Delayed fetal growth

  • Elevated blood pressure

  • Preeclampsia

  • Stress directly following the accident or from the subsequent increased risks of medical issues with the unborn baby.


In addition, a previously healthy and normal pregnancy can be deemed "high risk" after being involved in a Sarasota motor vehicle accident. A high risk pregnancy is one in which the risks of medical complications are increased.


It is important to note that the injuries to the unborn child or the mother can occur even if there was no impact with another vehicle or object in the crash. A rapid stopping of the vehicle can cause a mother or the fetus to incur a contrecoup injury. A contrecoup injury occurs where a concussion or blow occurs on one side of the body and a subsequent injury occurs on the other side of the body. An example is when a car slams on it brakes, resulting in the brain slamming against the skull in the front; a subsequent injury occurs when it slams back against the other side as well.


In addition, injuries can be internal and the mother might feel generally normal. Regardless, she should seek immediate medical treatment following the accident. Damage or injuries can occur to the fetus even though the injuries to the mother are minor.


If you or a loved one was involved in a crash with a pregnant woman, it is essential that you seek the assistance of an experienced Sarasota car accident attorney to protect your legal rights. For more information, complete our online submission form or call our office at (888) 409-3805.

Damian Mallard, Esq.
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