If you are pregnant and recently survived an auto accident with minor injuries, you may wonder if your baby is safe and well. Many unborn babies continue thriving after a vehicle crash, but it is unwise to assume yours was unharmed in the crash. Seeking immediate medical attention is important to check on both your health and the health of your baby.
According to research, auto accidents account for between 1,500 and 5,000 fetal deaths each year. It is hard to narrow the estimate further because accident involvement is often not recorded on fetal death certificates.
The female form is the ideal protective vehicle for a growing fetus as it cushions the baby from blunt trauma. Unfortunately, the mother’s body may not always be able to protect a fetus during an auto accident. Placental abruption is the greatest risk to an unborn baby, accounting for 30% to 50% of major trauma.
Placental abruption involves the partial or complete separation of the placenta from the inner uterine wall before delivery. These abruptions may block or decrease oxygen flow to the baby and cause excessive bleeding in the mother. Both accident victims need immediate medical attention.
When a parent outlives their child—whether born or unborn—their pain and heartbreak is debilitating. No amount of compensation can ever replace the loss of a child.
Holding those responsible for your baby’s death to account through a wrongful death claim may help you and your family rebuild your life. If your fetus survived but suffered physical or developmental harm, make sure your accident claim accounts for these injuries. To get started, learn more about Ohio injury and wrongful death laws.