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.

Griff O'Hanlon

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