My wife and I were on our way to the hospital to visit our premature daughter (26 weeks gestational age) the day after mothers day this year when we were rear ended. This was the day after my wife had been discharged from the hospital from the C-Section birth of our daughter, who is doing great at 5 months old now. Our daughter was born on May 11th of this year, my wife was discharged from the hospital on May 14th (mothers day), and we were hit on May 15th on our way to deliver breast milk to our daughter's nurses.
My question is this. What are the effects of post trauma stress disorder resulting from a car accident on a lactating mother and the effects of a lack of breastmilk on a premature baby. Unfortunately most of the research I have been able about post trauma stress disorder is linked directly to the birth itself. Complicating the situation is the fact that the insurance agent from the agency of the person who hit us has been attempting to contact us almost every 2 weeks since the accident. Understandably with our daughter coming home in august from the hospital we haven't been terribly interested in talking to the insurance agent with our focus being almost strictly on our daughter, her hospital bills, and returning to work for my wife.
My wife had a very dramatic drop in her breastmilk after the accident, dropping from about 30cc's each to about 5 cc's at most ever again after the accident. She had no direct medical issues from the accident, but has had some pretty severe headaches and neckaches since then. We weren't sure if it was a bad reaction to the meds given to her during the birth and stay in the hospital.
We are preparing to approach an attorney and were wondering if there was any information we could bring to the table for the attorney to reduce research costs on the professional's end.
Is his initial offer of $500 and the secondary offer of $1000 anywhere near the ballpark. We are not out to take the insurance company to the cleaners since this is both my wife and my first car accident and first birth, we are just curious what the effects of a situation like this are on the parents and ESPECIALLY the baby.