When you are pregnant, you will likely learn about all the precautions you should take to keep your baby safe from harm or complications. However, if you ever drive or ride in a car, there is not always a lot you can do to mitigate the risks of another driver crashing into you. This is especially true when it comes to drunk drivers.
Despite the known dangers of drunk driving and the harm these drivers cause each day in the United States, impaired drivers continue to get behind the wheel. Drunk drivers can cause a crash when you least expect it, even if you were driving as safely as possible, and there is often little to nothing you can do to stop it.
While a drunk driving accident can cause serious harm to anyone, it can result in deeper tragedy for pregnant women.
Not every attorney understands the particular impact a drunk driver can have on a pregnant woman. Indianapolis injury lawyer Merry Fountain knows the unique ways that car accident injuries can affect women, children, and unborn children. Please contact the Fountain Law Firm today to discuss your case.
Possible Injuries in Drunk Driving Accidents
After a car accident, make your first priority to undergo a full medical evaluation to identify any injuries you suffered. For pregnant women, this evaluation should also address any possible impact on the unborn child. Unborn children have little protection from traumatic injuries, and many prenatal injuries can affect the rest of a child’s life.
One particular concern is that a crash will send a mother into premature labor. When a baby is born too early, many complications can arise, including:
- Dangerously low birth weight
- Underdeveloped lungs
- Underdeveloped gastrointestinal system
- Heart defects
- Hearing or vision problems
Often, babies born prematurely will need to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) before they are strong enough to go home. This can prove costly and stressful for everyone involved.
Babies can also sustain internal injuries as a result of the crash. Such injuries can cause life-threatening hemorrhaging or damaged organs. Unborn children may also suffer traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries that can cause permanent disabilities. In some situations, trauma to a mother in a car crash can result in a miscarriage. This not only ends the life of the unborn child but can result in emotional devastation for the parents-to-be.
Injuries to an unborn child are usually in addition to the pregnant woman’s injuries. Victims often incur overwhelming losses, such as medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, lost income, lifelong disabilities, and even the wrongful death of the mother.
You need a lawyer on your side who understands the losses associated with drunk driving accidents and injured pregnant women.
Call Indiana Personal Injury Attorney Merry Fountain Today for a Free Consultation
Indianapolis personal injury lawyer Merry Fountain is a skilled injury advocate. If you are looking for an injury law attorney in the greater Indy area—Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Zionsville, Brownsburg, Avon, Kokomo, Lebanon—she’s here to help. Call her anytime at 1-888-242-HURT (4878), or simply click Tell Us About Your Case for a free consultation.