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Auto accident allegedly injured unborn child, premature birth

In Feb. 2013, an Illinois woman was involved in a car accident that changed her life forever. She was pregnant at the time, and claims that the auto accident caused the premature birth of her child. She filed a lawsuit against the driver of a tractor-trailer and his employer in the Circuit Court of St. Clair County in February.

The complaint states that the plaintiff was traveling along an Illinois highway when the defendant rolled the tractor-trailer he was driving. A load of coal was dumped on the roadway, obscuring the view of another driver. Not being able to see where he or she was going, the driver of the other vehicle smashed into the plaintiff's car.

Following the premature birth of her baby, it was determined that he had suffered severe bodily injuries and that his pulmonary functions were impaired. The mother also claims emotional injuries and seeks compensation for her son's disability and distress, along with his inability to enjoy life fully. She accuses the tractor-trailer driver of negligence and the employer of negligently failing to monitor staff, procedures and equipment.

The mother is seeking an undisclosed amount in compensation for legal costs and future medical expenses, along with punitive damages. Whenever an Illinois resident's child suffers serious injuries in an auto accident that resulted from another party's negligence, the parent may pursue compensation on behalf of the child. Any monetary judgment awarded for a successfully presented personal injury claim will typically be for the benefit of the child and is usually kept in a trust. If the parent suffered injuries in the same accident, a separate claim might be filed to pursue compensation for personal injuries.

Source:, "Pregnant accident victim sues tractor-trailer company over injuries", March 3, 2015

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