8 1/2 months high risk OB patient got rear ended. at the time of accident blood pressure was at 220/120. patient was transported to nearest hospital. Mother in law was driving. patient was observed due to high bp. 2 days later patient developed preeclamspsia from high bp, thus having to schedule an emergency c section. baby was born premature and 3 weeks early from the scheduled delivery date
Speak to local personal injury attorney to get representation. Hopefully child is OK. Birth weight usually an important factor (sometimes more than length of pregnancy) when prematurity is considered.
There is no typical "turnaround" time - the insurance company will investigate the claim, make a determination as to liability (who is at fault), seek documentation of the claim (proof of property damage, medical bills, etc.), negotiate the claims and if an agreement can be reached, pay the claim. If you can't agree on a settlement amount, you will have to file a lawsuit and maybe, go to trial to prove your claim.
Property damage claims are pretty straight-forward; it should not take particularly long to resolve the claim.
The personal injury claim is a different matter. Typical issues will include whether the increased BP was caused by the wreck; if it was, did it lead to the early delivery of the baby; and if so, were either the mother or child injured in any way as a result of the early delivery. On the surface, it may appear reasonable that the early delivery was caused by the wreck, but unless the insurance company agrees, you will need the expert opinion of a physician to support the claim.
I would recommend you meet with a couple of experienced personal injury attorneys to obtain their opinions about the nature and viability of your claims and then hire a lawyer to help you with them.
Turnaround time? None. Attorneys have a way of shortening the time period for responses so you really do need to talk to an experienced car accident personal injury attorney to get good guidance!
I wish mother and baby the best!! Let's hope all recover wonderfully!
In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but insted need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice. If you want to be completely sure of your rights, you must sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney to be fully aware of your rights.
I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Every case is different-some take years while others are faster. Speak with a personal injury attorney to explore your options!
Without knowing more it is impossible to say for sure. There is a lot that can impact the time a lawsuit takes. If your case needs to be litigated it can take several years. If you have not hired an attorney you should do so. Your attorney can thoroughly analyze the case and talk to you personally about the timeline.
All cases vary somewhat so there is no one set time for a case to settle or otherwise resolve. Laws vary from state to state. Seek counsel. He will,provide expert testimony on damages and causation. He will also advise you as to anytime limits to file suit. I have found it difficult to relate car wrecks to premature births but your case may have different facts. Good luck.i The agree with previous answers.
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