If you suffered a miscarriage due to the car collision in Michigan, there are a couple of things that you can do but the most important thing is that you get the person responsible for your accident behind bars.
File A Case
If you suffered a miscarriage due to the crash, there is another kind of suit that you can file – the wrongful death lawsuit against the driver at fault. The driver at fault is the driver that caused your crash.
According to Michigan law, it is recognized that any person who is negligent and who has caused an accident that resulted in the death of a pregnant woman’s unborn child is guilty of a felony. This is punishable by a penalty of up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $7500 or both.
If the driver was drunk when the collision happened, a different penalty is charged.
The Michigan Courts are very strict when it comes to protecting pregnant women in car accidents. In one ruling in the case of Johnson vs. Pastoriza, Michigan Supreme Court (2012), the court ruled that:
“Whenever the death of a person, injuries resulting in death, or death as described in section 2922a shall be caused by wrongful act, neglect, or fault of another, and the act, neglect, or fault is such as would, if death had not ensued, have entitled the party injured to maintain an action and recover damages, the person who or the corporation that would have been liable, if death had not ensued, shall be liable to an action for damages, notwithstanding the death of the person injured or death as described in section 2922a, and although the death was caused under circumstances that constitute a felony”
This is still the basis for wrongful death convictions of a fetus caused by a car collision in Michigan.
What are the things that I should look out for?
If you have been in an accident and you are pregnant, the following are the things that you should look out for.
- Preterm labor;
- Premature birth;
- Birth defects;
- Coup-Contrecoup brain injury;
- Placental abruption;
- Premature rupture of membranes (PROM); and
- High–risk pregnancy.
Of course, the medical professionals will be able to also tell you all about these problems should they arise. We are always hopeful that in case of an accident, it will not be too serious for you and your child.
Contact Haque Legal Today
Losing a child is one of the hardest things that one can experience in his lifetime. If you have an insurance claim that you need assistance with, you should contact us today. A Southfield personal injury attorney can help you get started with your claim. A personal injury lawyer at Haque Legal will see to it that your needs are met from beginning to the end of the proceedings. You are always in good hands with Haque Legal and what it has to offer.
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