If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle collision and you’re pregnant, don’t panic. Breathe, focus, and act. While you have a natural concern for your pregnancy’s wellbeing, all you can do is take the aftermath of your crash one moment at a time. Act quickly, act calmly, and those in a position to assist you will help to ensure that you and your pregnancy benefit from the best possible outcome given your unique circumstances.
Call for Help
Unless the crash was a mere fender bender, contact the authorities right away. You never know if the shock of impact could suddenly create the need for immediate medical assistance. Have the police complete a report, as this crucial bit of documentation could play a central role in a forthcoming lawsuit. With that said, do not worry about the legal ins and outs of things right now. Everything else can wait until you’ve received proper medical attention. If you are feeling well enough to get the names of witnesses, exchange insurance information with others involved, and take pictures of the crash scene, that’s great. But only spend a minute or two on these tasks. Your health is paramount.
Explain That You’re Pregnant
Make sure that everyone present knows that you’re pregnant, even if you aren’t very “far along.” The protocols law enforcement officials and EMTs follow in these circumstances might be different than they would be otherwise. For instance, ambulance operators may not be allowed to perform certain types of procedures on pregnant women. Those on the scene are also more inclined to be gentle and give you the compassion that anyone in your position deserves.
Seek Medical Attention
Emergency room treatment may not be necessary. Regardless, you should still follow up with your obstetrician immediately. There is always a chance your pregnancy has been affected by the impact of the crash. Rush to the hospital if there is abdominal pain or bleeding. Other signs of trouble include changes in the fetal movement, constant vomiting, and severe headaches. Time may pass before these symptoms appear. That does not mean that there is no connection between the accident and the health of your pregnancy.
Explore Your Legal Options
Once you have received proper medical attention and are out of danger, it is time to connect with an experienced Houston, TX car accident lawyer. The knowledgeable legal team and support staff at John K. Zaid & Associates can help to ensure that you understand all of your legal options and your rights as an accident victim. Should you choose to pursue legal action, we can build the strongest possible case on your behalf.