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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Virginia Beach Woman Lost Her Unborn Child in Car Wreck
When you are pregnant, a car crash poses a particular risk to your fetus. Recently, a woman from Virginia Beach lost her unborn child in a car wreck, according to Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
It’s always tragic when an unborn child loses their life due to the careless actions of another driver. In this case, a settlement of $100,000 was reached with an insurance company’s Underinsured Motorist Insurance (UIM) policy.
The report in Virginia Lawyers Weekly stated the 34-year-old woman from Virginia Beach, was running an errand close to her home. She was 24 weeks pregnant.
A driver turned left and hit the left front side of her car. Although the car was not badly damaged, the woman reported abdominal pain, cramping, and anxiety.
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She was immediately transported to the nearest hospital. The ER department ran tests on the woman and sent her for monitoring.
Although tests found normal heartbeat levels, some variations were detected. The woman was discharged from the hospital after an hour-and-a-half.
She followed up a few days later with her OB-GYN, who carried out an ultrasound, listened to the baby’s heart rate sent her home. Three days later, the expectant mother didn’t feel any fetal movement. She contacted her OB doctor and was sent to the emergency room.
The baby was found to have no heartbeat. The mother was taken to the delivery room to have the baby stillborn.
Lawyers for the mother hired a local teaching professor and clinician to review the medical records including the autopsy report. A doctor retained by the lawyers reached the conclusion the fetal demise appeared to be related to a slow placental abruption from the abdominal trauma during the car collision.
A lawsuit was filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court. A settlement was reached just weeks before trial. The attorney for the plaintiff was Adam Harris Lotkin from Norfolk.
Cases in which mothers lose unborn children in car crashes are always particularly heartbreaking. This video demonstrated some of the precautions you can take if you are driving while pregnant. However, the case of this Virginia Beach woman who lost her unborn child in a car crash, demonstrates how vulnerable pregnant woman can be.
If you are involved in a crash while pregnant you should always see a medical professional as soon as possible. If you are hurt in a car crash or an unborn child is hurt, please call our Virginia personal injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.
John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.
Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.
Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.
Cooper Hurley awards three $2,000 college scholarships annually to high school seniors in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia. Eligible students can submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the subject of Distracted Driving. We established this program to aid worthy scholars and to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of distracted driving, which we encounter too often in our practice.