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Must I seek medical attention if I am
in a Bellevue accident while pregnant?

A: The answer to this question is "yes".

Consider the following statistics: between 1995 and 1999, more than 30,000 pregnant women were involved in motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. annually. According to the statistics, fetal deaths occur five times more often than infant deaths in pregnancy-related car crashes. In fact, an average of more than one fetus per day dies as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident.

Injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of:

  • Maternal and fetal injury
  • Maternal and fetal death
  • Injuries requiring hospitalization of pregnant women

 

Whether you have been involved in a very minor accident or a major one, you should seek medical attention as soon as you are able to following the accident, no matter what stage you are in your pregnancy. The actions you take as an expectant mother following a car accident have been proven to make a difference in the quality of treatment and follow-up care you receive, and ensure a better overall outcome both for yourself and for your child.

Car accidents of any level of severity come with a number of risks to the pregnant mother and fetus. Some of these include:

  • Pre-term labor
  • Miscarriage
  • Premature birth
  • Placental abruption
  • Internal bleeding or hemorrhaging
  • Birth defects
  • The transformation of a normal, healthy pregnancy into a high risk one
  • Stress and mental anguish that may in turn complicate the pregnancy

 

By seeking medical attention, you will ensure that both you and your baby are in stable condition. If an ultrasound and/or OB examination reveal any issues, a team of medical professionals will be on-hand to provide you with the assistance you require.

If you are pregnant and have been in a recent Bellevue car accident, contact the Rubinstein Law Offices today toll-free at 1-800-578-1166 to learn more about your legal rights and recourses.