Pregnant Women in Virginia Car or Truck Accidents : A Virginia Beach, VA Personal Injury Lawyer’s Advice
Whenever a woman is in a wreck and is pregnant it is a scary event for her and her family. Many questions will go through her mind. Is the baby going to be okay? Will this affect my pregnancy and cause premature birth? Am I allowed to get treatment for my back pain even though I’m pregnant? Many times I have helped women hurt in car accidents in Virginia work through these issues.
Obviously it’s up to the doctor, the ob/gyn, and the patient to figure out what is the right thing to do medically to protect the unborn child and the mother. Sometimes active treatments can be offered that will not harm the mother or fetus. Many times the doctors recommend just living with the pain because they are afraid that any medication or chiropractic treatment might have a bad effect.
A major new change in Virginia law allows for a claim for harm to the unborn child if they are killed as a result of the accident. Before in Virginia only the mother had a claim and the unborn child was not recognized as a separate legal entity for purposes of a wrongful death suit. Now however that has changed effective 2012. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car wreck while pregnant you should definitely call an experienced personal injury attorney to find out what your rights are and make sure that the family is protected.
The Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Hampton, VA personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as wrongful death, railroad injury cases and medical malpractice. John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of combined experience in handling auto injury accident claims. Attorney John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA, and always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. Our motto is: “Your Injury, our fight.” If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.