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Car Accidents Lead to Higher Injury & Death Rates in Pregnant Woman| Leesburg Personal Injury Lawyer

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Oct 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Leesburg accident lawyer discusses a recent article that identifies higher rates of injuries and death from car accidents in pregnant woman.

Without having to do scientific investigation, most of us would think that pregnant woman are at higher risk of injury from car accidents.  An article to be published in the November 2013 American Journal of Preventative Medicine looked at the rates of fetal injury in car accident case. The concern in car accident cases has to do with blunt trauma causing injury to the abdominal and pelvic organs.

The article looked at over 800,000 medical files in North Carolina over an 8 year period and determined that car accidents caused a higher incidence of premature birth, placental abruption and premature rupture of the membranes.

Additionally, the article mentioned that stillbirth rates were three times higher for expecting mother's who were not wearing a seat belt during crashes verses those who were wearing seat belts.

If a fetus were to die as a result of a car accident, could the parents bring a wrongful death action under Florida's wrongful death statute? No.  In 1980, the Florida Supreme Court in Hernandez v. Garwood said that there is no cause of action for the wrongful death of a fetus in Florida. The Wrongful Death Act is unforgiving.  Under the law, a “person” does not include the “unborn.”

The best thing we can do is try to drive safely and make sure our seat belts are fully functional. If you have any questions about a Stuart – Port St. Lucie car accident, you can always give me a call or shoot me an email.

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I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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