Can I Sue for Pregnancy Complications Following a Car Accident?

If you were involved in a car accident, you could sue for pregnancy complications. These complications could have a detrimental impact on your life and your child’s life, and the law allows you to hold the negligent party accountable.

You do not have to seek justice following a car accident on your own. By working with a Houston car accident lawyer, you could recover the financial recovery you deserve.

You Could Have the Right to File a Negligence Lawsuit Following a Car Accident

Some states are “fault” states. What does that mean to your personal injury case? In a fault state, you have the right to pursue a civil lawsuit against the party that caused your accident.

This includes when your injuries involve pregnancy complications. Not every state guarantees the right to file a lawsuit under these circumstances. So-called “no-fault” states typically require a driver to file an insurance claim with their own carrier before pursuing a lawsuit against another party.

You Will Have to Prove the Other Party Is Responsible for Your Complications

To prevail in your civil lawsuit, you must make the case that the other party involved was negligent. To prove negligence, you must first show the other driver owed you a duty of care. If you can show their negligence resulted in your pregnancy complications, you could be entitled to financial compensation.

This is usually not difficult, as every driver owes the other individuals a duty to drive safely on the roadway. Next, you must show the other party breached their duty to you. This could involve driving while intoxicated or failing to stop at a red light.

The next step is proving that there is a link between your pregnancy complications and the other party’s negligence. Finally, you must prove you have suffered damages.

Different Types of Damages Could Be Available to You

If you succeed in pursuing a civil lawsuit, different types of damages could make up your financial recovery. This recovery could include the damages the mother suffered and the injuries the child suffered. Some of these damages could include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Diminished future earnings
  • Emotional anguish
  • Lost income
  • Medical bills

Your attorney could evaluate your losses and your child’s losses before determining the appropriate amount of your financial recovery. This is possible when your attorney carefully reviews the effect the accident has had so far (and will have in the future).

Estimating future expenses related to pregnancy complications can be difficult, especially if you do not have experience resolving personal injury cases. Your legal representative could help you identify the damages you and your baby are entitled to recover.

Car Accidents Could Lead to Numerous Complications

BMJ research confirms that pregnancy complications are common following car accidents. Unfortunately, they are often severe. Both the mother and child will require immediate medical care in many cases. Some of these potential complications include:


Miscarriage is one of the worst possible outcomes in a car accident. A sudden impact could result in trauma that leads to bleeding—a common sign something is wrong. However, pain or other symptoms might not occur right away.

Premature Birth

The trauma of a car accident could result in premature birth. Typically, pregnancy lasts into the 40th week. MedlinePlus states that doctors consider them premature any time a child is born before week 37. The earlier a baby is born, the more significant the potential complications.

According to Healthline, children born before 26 weeks could face severe health consequences. Extensive medical care is necessary for most children born prematurely. The cost of this treatment could be high.

Placental Abruption

The connection between the placenta and the mother’s uterine wall is vital to the health and development of the baby. BMJ reports that an accident could sever this connection. This is known as placental abruption. The oxygen and nutrients a child needs could be cut off when this occurs.

You Could File a Lawsuit for Your Accident-Related Complications

The course of your family’s life could be altered forever, but you could sue for pregnancy complications following a car accident. If your lawsuit is successful, you could obtain financial recovery on behalf of yourself and your child.

Reach Out to Your Attorney’s Team to Learn About Your Legal Options

The D. Miller & Associates, PLLC team understands the trauma of pregnancy complications. We are prepared to advocate on your behalf and for your child. To learn more about your legal rights, call 1 (855) PRO-LAWYERS as soon as possible for your free consultation.

Our team could also prove wrongful death and sue for the loss of your child if this unfortunate circumstance is relevant in your case. If so, you have our sympathy and support.