If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident while pregnant, there are many costs to consider. Your first order of business is to ensure that the baby is going to be okay. In this case, it is very important to go to the hospital and get checked out. Depending on the nature and extent of the crash, an ultrasound may be recommended to make sure that everything is okay with the baby.
For you or your loved one, the pregnancy adds some layers of complexity. Doctors do not like to x-ray pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. Many treatments used to treat car accident injuries, including medicine and physical therapy, can be contraindicated in pregnancy.
The same is true for special tests, including MRI’s, CAT scans, and other imaging tests. Many expecting mothers who have been involved in a car accident tend to delay treatment until after their child is born. This puts the expecting mom in a difficult position and can subject her to prolonged pain and discomfort. If the mom tries to make an insurance claim against the other driver, the insurance adjuster will take the position that mom couldn’t have been injured because there were no tests taken to document the injury or mom didn’t get much in the way of treatment.
The way mom can protect herself and get the treatment she needs after giving birth is by periodically seeing a doctor for the car accident associated pain. This allows mom’s complaints to be documented in a medical records for the period of time that she cannot undergo active treatment of her complaints because of pregnancy.
For over 18 years, attorney Guy DiMartino has represented his clients in personal injury and car accident cases. If you have any questions about the legal process in Florida or have been injured, call attorney DiMartino at 352-267-9168 to get the help you deserve.