DUIs are a serious concern in the US, and around 800 DUI fatalities are reported in Florida, which is one of the highest in the country. These drunk driving accidents can lead to severe injuries for the victims. To combat this, the government launched the DUI Victim Assistance Program, which helps victims get compensation for their injuries and lessen their problems. However, just getting compensation doesn’t undo the damage of a drunk driving accident. Here are some of the common injuries the victims can sustain.

Spinal Injuries

A spinal injury can have serious effects on a person’s health and general well-being. The injury can lead to paralysis, loss of motor movements, and nerve damage. Additionally, the injury can also lead to disc rupture leading to severe pain.

Broken Bones

The most common injury in a drunk driving accident is broken bones. The accident can lead to several broken bones at a given time. The victim will require extensive surgery and physical therapy before being able to move freely again. In the worst-case scenario, they might even get temporarily or permanently paralyzed. In case of any infection, the doctor might amputate the limbs or arms while the person is undergoing surgery.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Stretched or torn tendons, ligaments, or muscles in a person’s back, legs, neck, or shoulder can limit their movement and lead to chronic pain. In some cases, the person might even require extensive therapy or surgery before being able to move their muscles again. In some cases, the person might have limited control over their muscles due to the injury or even have chronic pain.

A person with a leg cast

Organ Damage

Internal injuries after a DUI can often go unnoticed unless a thorough examination is performed. These injuries can be life-threatening and require immediate medical intervention. The kidneys, lungs, and spleen are the organs most susceptible to damage. Even if the organ isn’t severely damaged, internal bleeding can also cause clots and tissue damage.

Brain Injury

Brain injuries are the most common when it comes to DUI accidents. The injuries could be physical or traumatic. Traumatic brain damage can lead to memory loss, problems with learning and thinking, and issues with motor skills. Sometimes, the victims also exhibit aggressive behaviors. On the other hand, physical injuries can cause nerve damage, limited vision, loss of control of bodily functions, blood clots, and hearing loss.

Skin Burns

If the crash was fatal, the vehicle involved could explode or catch fire. The victim can sustain serious burns as a result of this. It can even lead to scarring, infection, disfigurement, and psychological trauma. Depending on the severity of the burns, the victim could even end up in intensive care

Find Resources On DUI Accidents At Helping Miami

On Helping Miami’s website, you can find resources related to the DUI victim assistance program in Florida to help victims of drunk driving get proper compensation. We also list resources and guides on educational assistance in Miami, autism spectrum disorder, and mental health. Learn more about how you can help the Miami community flourish. Read our blogs today!