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For many Baltimore-area women, pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times of their life. The expected arrival of a new child can bring feelings of joy, along with some anxiety as well. The ultimate goal is to have a safe and healthy childbirth experience, and welcome the new addition to the family.

Unfortunately, this goal may be cut short for some families when the mother or child is injured before delivery. The injuries can be devastating for the family to overcome, given the tragedy of the situation.

Injuries can occur in a multitude of ways. For instance, one 19-year-old expectant mother recently suffered car accident injuries after being struck by another driver. The mother was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a driver who was attempting to make a left turn. The car accident left the woman and her baby in critical condition.

Cases involving serious injury or death to a mother and her unborn child can present unique circumstances. For instance, if an unborn child dies because of a negligent driver, a wrongful death action might be able to be brought for the unborn child, although many states do not allow such actions. In any event, the mother can recover damages based upon the injury or loss of the child.

Ultimately, no amount of compensation can be adequately placed on a human life. However, injured individuals can recover damages that will attempt to provide them some relief for their injuries, which can be vital when medical expenses, therapy, lost wages and other costs are adding up.

Source: WBAL, "Pregnant woman seriously injured in crash," Katie Lange, June 16, 2014

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