At the Law Offices of Ali Yousefi, P.C., we recognize the distress and uncertainty you may face after being involved in a car accident while pregnant. A chief concern is the risk of miscarriage after a car accident, which is a heartbreaking outcome. If you find yourself in this unfortunate scenario, understanding the symptoms of a miscarriage, your legal rights, and what to do after an accident are important.
Identifying Symptoms of Miscarriage
If you’re pregnant and in a car accident, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of a miscarriage. You should see a doctor even if you believe the accident was minor. It’s better to get checked out and confirm nothing is wrong. Symptoms can vary, but some of the most common ones include:
- Severe abdominal pain,
- Spotting or heavy bleeding,
- Back pain,
- Vomiting and diarrhea, or
- Passing tissue or clot-like material.
Should you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Keep all medical records, as they may become evidence in your legal case against the at-fault party.
Understanding Your Legal Rights
When someone else is responsible for your injuries and miscarriage, you have the right to pursue a claim for damages. In California, injured victims can seek compensation for physical injuries, lost wages, property damage, and emotional trauma.
Establishing liability is a crucial part of this process. It means proving that another party’s negligence resulted in the accident, directly causing your miscarriage. Acts of negligence may include reckless driving, inattentiveness, or other violations of traffic laws.
There are four main elements of negligence:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care,
- The defendant breached this duty of care,
- The defendant’s actions directly led to the accident, and
- You suffered verifiable damages.
Failure to prove even one of these four elements means you can’t prevail on liability. That’s why you need substantial evidence, such as police reports, witness statements, and medical records.
What to Do After a Car Accident
After a car accident, your first step should be seeking immediate medical attention, regardless of whether or not you initially feel unwell. Your health and your baby’s health are of paramount importance. Call the police and ensure medical personnel respond to the scene.
Next, document everything. Gather as much evidence as you can from the accident scene, including photographs and the contact details of witnesses. Keep all medical documentation and expense receipts. These can be critical in proving the extent of your injuries and financial damages.
Then, notify your insurance company about the accident. Discuss whether you have to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance or whether your insurance company already filed one. Be cautious when speaking with the other driver’s claims adjuster. Insurers aim to minimize payouts and look to get you to say something that puts responsibility back on you.
If you suffered a miscarriage because of someone else’s negligence in a car accident, hiring an experienced California car accident lawyer is crucial. At the Law Offices of Ali Yousefi, P.C., we provide compassionate and dedicated representation, striving to obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Lawyers
The aftermath of a miscarriage after a car accident can be a profoundly challenging and distressing period. However, recognizing your legal rights and taking appropriate steps can help you seek some justice against the responsible parties. As a previously injured victim of a car accident, Ali Yousefi understands the importance of seeking compensation for your injuries and holding the negligent parties legally responsible. At the Law Offices of Ali Yousefi P.C., we stand by you, offering the expertise, support, and representation you need to seek justice and find closure. It’s essential to remember that you do not have to go through this challenging time alone—we stand ready to help. Contact our office to schedule an appointment to learn more about how we can assist.