Car accidents often create concerns with finances as well as health. Because of the extra complications that may result for expectant mothers, the financial costs of an accident may be higher than for other victims.
In addition to the need for hospitalization following the accident, extra costs may include:
- The costs of medical care and extra observation of the fetus immediately after the accident.
- Classification as a “high-risk” pregnancy and the extra costs of medical care/monitoring.
- Lost wages from the inability of a pregnant woman to return to work once classified as “high risk”.
- Costs of early delivery of the baby and neonatal care if necessary.
- Long-term costs associated with raising a child with disabilities or birth defects resulting from the accident.
These extra financial costs for pregnant women may mean that you’re due extra compensation — but they are not the only costs to consider after an accident.
The shock of an accident can lead to emotional issues for any victim but, for pregnant women, the issues may be amplified — not least because of the normal stresses and anxiety associated with pregnancy.
Injuries to the mother and the risk of injuries to the baby often cause considerable distress for families. If so, you may be able to claim compensation for the extra emotional suffering caused.
Insurance companies may dispute the non-economic losses included in claims. “Pain and suffering” can be expensive and loss adjusters usually try to downplay this aspect of the losses after accidents.
It’s best to enlist the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to advise you on how to proceed with this.
With any car accident where another party has acted negligently or recklessly, a range of damages is available for a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Pregnant women, as you’ve seen, can claim many different economic and non-economic damages: from medical expenses and lost wages to pain and suffering and emotional distress.
In the worst-case scenario, when a pregnant woman loses her unborn baby due to the accident, a wrongful death lawsuit can also be filed in Texas. However, if the accident was the fault of the mother or medical malpractice, no lawsuit can be filed,
If a pregnant woman and her unborn baby are killed in an accident, a lawsuit can be filed against the at-fault party by the family for both deaths.
However, winning fair compensation in a car accident claim is no simple matter and is best left to an experienced personal injury attorney — whether or not the victim is pregnant.
For pregnant women, where the risks and potential damages are often higher, it’s doubly important to seek legal advice before claiming.
Contact the DeHoyos Law Firm, PLLC today for a free consultation to evaluate your car accident injury case.