What to Do if You Are Pregnant and In a Car Accident in Tampa, Florida


Dealing with a car accident involves a whole host of issues and medical expenses. Being involved in a car accident while pregnant can bring a whole other massive set of issues to consider. The baby’s health is obviously the main concern as a mother so it is imperative that you seek medical attention not only for yourself but for your child. Physical trauma can damage your baby in a multitude of ways including: Premature Labor, Placental Separation or internal bleeding. The stress and emotional damage resulting from a car accident is also a huge factor in these cases. Stress from the accident could cause pre-term labor or negatively affect the baby.

 

If you are involved in an accident in Tampa while pregnant you should seek medical attention immediately. Of course, be sure to notify the hospital/ facility that you are pregnant before any treatment is rendered.  The hospital should monitor your baby and check for any injuries. Trauma is a leading cause of fetal injury and death. Trauma from the accident to your abdomen may harm the baby and is a great concern after an accident. As recently as August 17, 2017 a critically injured pregnant woman lost her unborn baby in a crash according to WFLA News Channel 8. Also according to the CDC, 6,400 adults are injured in car crashes every day; the risk of serious injury and death is reduced by 50% when wearing a seat belt. There is also an estimated 3,500 annual hospital visits in the US for pregnancy-related car accident injuries.

 

The first thing that you should  do when you get into an accident is document everything. When you’re there at the scene, if you are able, make sure you’re taking pictures not just of your car but of the other car. You can usually get pictures of your own car later on; even if it’s totaled, you can go to the tow yard and take pictures.  You may not have access to the other person’s vehicle again, so it is important to take the pictures while you’re there and also to try to take pictures of the cars where they are at the time of the accident itself before the cars are moved if it is safe to do so.

 

Why Choose Franco Law Group when you are looking for a Car Accident Lawyer?

 

• We are a female-owned law firm

• We’ve been in business for over 20 years

• We’ve handled several thousand accident/ injury cases

• Our average customer rating is 4.9 stars (out of 5.0)

• Our office is conveniently located near the Kennedy and Howard intersection in Tampa, FL

• Personal service and clear communication

• We have bilingual (English/Spanish) staff available

 

It is important to know your rights and what to expect when you are involved in a car accident. Contact Tampa Auto Injury Lawyers at Franco Law Group for a free consultation – (813) 873-0180.

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Christine Franco

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Owner of the Tampa firm of Franco Law Group PA, Ms. Franco received her B.A. from The University of South Florida and her J.D. from Stetson College of Law in 1995. Ms. Franco practices primarily in the fields of personal injury, social security disability and has previously acted as the case law monitor for the News & 440 Report, providing updated case law summaries, specifically in the area of workers compensation, for five years. She was also editor of the News & 440 Report, and served for the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section as Secretary of the Executive Council.