DUI Accident Related Injuries
Victims of a DUI accident suffer many different types of injuries. They range from minor to severe such as a simple fracture to traumatic brain injury. The problem is drunk drivers display an inordinate number of reckless driving behaviors. For some victims of a DUI accident, the outcome is a fatal one. Nationwide, drunk drivers take the lives of 10,000 people every year. Let’s examine some of the injuries associated with a drunk driving accident.
Morris Law Firm – When You Are Injured
The staff and attorneys at Morris Law work tirelessly to protect their clients’ rights. They provide compassionate service with a determination to obtain the compensation their clients deserve. They believe that suffering both financial and physical injury due to someone’s negligence is wrong and fight to not let it happen.
Check out Morris Law in either the Myrtle Beach area or in Aiken during a free case review. Get to know them, and get the answers you need when you’ve been injured. Call the Morris Law Firm at (843) 232-0944 any time, or reach out to us online. Let us be at your side every step of the way when you’ve been injured in a DUI accident.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Although painful and capable of limiting movement, stretched or torn ligaments, muscles and tendons are common injuries in a DUI accident. Even after the initial phase, soft tissue injuries can inflict chronic pain, making once normal activities impossible. In order to recover, a year’s worth of rehabilitative therapy might be needed.
Injuries to the Extremities
The extremities are frequently injured in a DUI accident. The limbs can be crushed or broken by the force of impact. More severe fractures and crush injuries may require surgical intervention followed by extensive rehabilitation. Amputation can occur during the accident or become necessary afterward, especially with a crush injury to the limbs.
Spinal Injuries in a DUI Accident
When the spinal cord is injured, the individual stands a good chance of paralysis, both complete or partial. Other injuries include herniated or slipped disks, which can result in lifelong pain. Surgical intervention might help vertebral injuries, however, spinal cord damage is difficult to treat.
Burn Injuries in DUI Accident
In some instances, such as a highway multiple vehicle crashes or one where impact is forceful, an explosion might occur or the fuel tank might be harmed. When this happens, painful, disfiguring burn injuries might result.
The risk of infection in burn injuries is high. To repair disfigurement, cosmetic surgery may be needed. However, insurance rarely covers this type of surgery.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries are common in DUI accidents, particularly in head-on collisions. TBIs are often life-altering and require surgical intervention and long-term care. Fatal results are seen in high-impact accidents due to brain devastation.
Depending on the severity of the TBI, some people recover after rehabilitation. A percentage are able to return to work and resume normal daily activities. Others are unable to reach the level of cognition needed for their job but might be able to undergo occupational training for another occupation. Long-term care is necessary for some individuals, either in a medical facility or at home.
Cost of Injuries
The cost of many injuries associated with a DUI accident is high. This is often due to the type of treatment that is necessary and the aftercare that is needed. Unfortunately, many people do not have the resources to foot the bill on their own. That is where a personal injury lawsuit can help. Your injury lawyer will be able to fashion a strong case against the responsible party and help you recover all damages now and in the future.
Morris Law LLC
When a DUI driver causes your injuries, the Morris Law Firm in Aiken is here to help you get the compensation that you deserve. Let us help you recover your lost wages, hospital and other medical expenses and fair compensation for pain and suffering. Call us at (803) 470-4444, or connect with us online.