Even a low-impact car accident during pregnancy can be a frightening, dangerous experience for the expectant mother. While the immediate priority is ensuring the well-being of the mother and child, the mother should take other steps to hold accountable those who caused the crash. A Houston car accident attorney can help you do just that if you find yourself in this situation.

Seek Medical Help 

A low-impact collision can result in severe injuries to an unborn baby, even if the mother feels relatively fine. Contact emergency services or visit the nearest emergency room to ensure that you and your baby receive a thorough medical evaluation. 

Notify your obstetrician or healthcare provider about the accident as soon as possible. They can provide guidance and recommendations based on your individual circumstances and may advise you to undergo additional monitoring or tests to assess the well-being of the baby.

The sudden jolt or impact of a car accident, even at low speeds, can cause trauma to the mother’s abdomen and potentially affect the developing fetus. This trauma can lead to complications such as placental abruption, preterm labor, or fetal distress. 

Another reason to see a doctor immediately is that some injuries might not be apparent right away. For example, internal bleeding can pose severe risks to both the baby and mother and require prompt medical attention. 

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Your doctor will likely perform several examinations, including the following:

  • An ultrasound examination: Following a car accident during pregnancy, your healthcare provider may recommend an ultrasound examination to assess the baby’s well-being and detect any signs of injury or distress. Ultrasound imaging can provide valuable information about fetal development, movement, and heart rate.
  • Monitoring for contractions: Your healthcare provider may monitor you for signs of preterm labor or contractions following a car accident. Even minor trauma can trigger uterine contractions, which may indicate the need for further evaluation or intervention to prevent preterm birth.
  • Fetal heart rate monitoring: Continuous fetal heart rate monitoring will assess the baby’s condition and detect any abnormalities or signs of distress. Changes in fetal heart rate patterns can be a sign of fetal distress requiring immediate medical intervention.

Prompt diagnosis allows you to begin critical treatment and create a record of your injuries. 

Speak to a Houston Car Accident Lawyer from Armstrong Lee & Baker LLP

Once you’ve received medical care, get in touch with Armstrong Lee & Baker LLP. We are experienced car accident lawyers with in-depth knowledge of these types of cases. We’ll investigate what happened to gather evidence of liability and your injuries and never settle for less than your case is worth.

The vast majority of car accident cases settle out of court. However, your Armstrong Lee & Baker LLP car accident lawyer will be ready for litigation when necessary to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

If you would like to schedule a free consultation, please use our online contact form as soon as possible.

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C.J. Baker represents victims with serious injuries and has won millions of dollars for victims of 18-wheeler crashes, oilfield equipment failures, offshore platform explosions, and defective medical devices. C.J. graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2016. He was an editor of the Texas Tech Law Review and a top national trial and moot-court advocate.