Milwaukee Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
A catastrophic injury impacts an accident victim’s life physically, financially, mentally, and emotionally. It can cause chronic pain and suffering and have lasting changes in personal and familial relationships.
If you or your loved one suffered a catastrophic injury accident and are unsure where to turn, contact the attorneys at Mingo & Yankala, S.C.
Why Choose Mingo & Yankala, S.C., for Your Catastrophic Injury?
Mingo & Yankala, S.C., has been in practice for 35 years, seeking justice for injury victims in the community. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for accident sufferers, and our firm includes one of Wisconsin’s top trial attorneys,
In addition, Mingo & Yankala, S.C.:
- Offers complimentary consultations;
- Has successfully handled more than 1,000 Wisconsin personal injury cases; and
- Only practices personal injury law.
Reach out to our Milwaukee office today to schedule your appointment. There is never a risk in meeting with an experienced catastrophic injury attorney at Mingo & Yankala, S.C.
Why You Need a Milwaukee Catastrophic Injury Attorney
While some accidents can cause minor injuries like broken bones or bruises that will heal, other accidents can cause debilitating injuries that aren’t easy to recover from. At Mingo & Yankala, S.C., our Milwaukee catastrophic injury attorneys are committed to advocating for your legal rights and future medical care.
When you retain Mingo & Yankala, S.C., our team will do the following and more:
- Ensure you understand the catastrophic injury claims process and its effect on your case;
- Keep you up-to-date as your claim progresses;
- Handle all insurance company correspondence on your behalf;
- Compile evidence and investigate your accident;
- Hire expert witnesses;
- Work with experts to determine your current and future medical needs;
- Determine a fair settlement amount;
- Negotiate a proper settlement with the insurance company; or
- Move forward to trial.
While most catastrophic injury claims settle outside of court, you can rest assured that Mingo & Yankala, S.C., will take your case to trial if it is in your best interests.
Catastrophic Injury Claims We Handle
Mingo & Yankala, S.C., handles most common catastrophic injury claims. These include, but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis;
- Burn injuries;
- Loss of eyesight and hearing; and
- Post-traumatic stress disorder.
Call or contact us online now to discuss your situation. At Mingo & Yankala, S.C., we only get paid when we win compensation for you.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is a sudden, traumatic injury that significantly impacts a victim’s quality of life. It may result in lifelong or long-term injury or complications and regularly requires ongoing medical treatment or rehabilitation.
Catastrophic injuries are severe and can be physical or psychological. Some common types of catastrophic injuries are traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, burn injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by forceful bumps, blows, or jolts to the head or body. They may also result from an object piercing the skull and entering the brain.
A TBI may cause temporary or permanent problems with brain function and impair an accident victim’s ability to:
- Communicate; and
A TBI may even result in severe, permanent disability, or even death. A TBI may appear immediately following an accident or gradually show with time.
Some causes of a TBI include:
- Motor vehicle accident;
- Sports accidents; and
- Workplace accidents.
A blow does not have to penetrate the head to cause a TBI.
Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves running from the lower part of the brain down to the lower back. Its purpose is to send and receive messages between the body and the brain.
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is any damage to the spinal cord itself or the tissue and bones (vertebrae) that surround the spinal cord. An SCI can cause temporary or permanent changes in sensation, movement, strength, and body functions below the site of injury.
The severity and location of an SCI determines a victim’s symptoms. The higher an SCI, the greater the chance of upper and lower body paralysis (quadriplegia). The lower the SCI, the more likely paralysis will affect only the legs and lower body (paraplegia).
Spinal cord injuries are classified as complete or incomplete. An incomplete SCI allows some messages to be transmitted to or from the brain.
Sufferers of incomplete SCIs may retain some sensory function and muscle control below the injury site. A complete SCI blocks brain and body communication below the injury site.
Catastrophic accidents that result in SCI include:
- Motor vehicle accidents;
- Falls; and
- Sports injuries.
The Mayo Clinic notes that young men are more likely to experience an SCI due to a motor vehicle accident or sports injury. The elderly are more prone to an SCI following a fall.
Amputation is the surgical removal of all or part of a limb or extremity such as an arm, leg, foot, or hand. Limb loss is the removal of a limb or extremity from the body. However, limb loss occurs during an accident, not by surgical means.
Catastrophic motor vehicle accidents and workplace accidents are common causes of amputation and limb loss. Amputation or limb loss following a catastrophic accident can result in:
- Permanent physical limitations;
- Permanent deformity;
- Severe infection;
- Blood clots; and
- Tissue decay.
Limb loss is a type of disfigurement and can leave an accident victim with lifelong physical and mental scars.
Catastrophic burn injuries are painful, serious, and life-threatening. Burns are categorized by degrees with first-degree burns being the least serious and third-degree burns the most damaging and invasive.
A third-degree burn moves beyond the outer skin to permeate muscle tissue and damage the nerves. These burns often require skin grafts and leave noticeable scars.
Large burns can easily become infected. Burns around joints can be subject to skin contracture or tightening causing constricted movement. This includes the skin on the chest which can make breathing difficult.
Catastrophic burns can also close pores and affect a body’s ability to regulate temperature making any hot or cold weather activity dangerous.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a very common injury suffered by victims of traumatic accidents. PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by a major physical or emotional trauma.
PTSD typically appears a month or more after a traumatic accident. PTSD victims report the following:
- Avoidance behaviors; and
Medical professionals treat PTSD with a combination of therapies and medication such as:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy;
- Exposure therapy;
- Eye movement desensitization;
- Antidepressants; and
- Anti-anxiety medications.
Treating the scars left by a catastrophic injury, whether physical, mental, or emotional requires extensive professional care. This is costly and nearly all accident victims need compensation to assist in accessing the proper medical and psychiatric treatment.
Compensation Available in a Catastrophic Injury Claim
If your doctor has told you that you will have years of treatments, expensive medical bills, and may never recover, it is time to seek legal counsel. These types of injuries can greatly alter your life and you may never have the same quality of life.
Catastrophic injury claims may include compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Lost wages or loss of earning capacity;
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation; and
- Medical and hospital bills.
Always have your claim evaluated by an experienced catastrophic injury attorney before making any statements to or signing any documents from the insurance company. You may lose your right to full compensation for your current and future accident-related expenses.
Speak to a Milwaukee Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Today
You should not have to suffer alone as a result of another party’s negligent behavior. If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury, you should act quickly to hire a Milwaukee personal injury attorney.
Once you have received the immediate medical treatment you need, our firm can help you pursue a lawsuit and recover compensation. We are here for you every step of the way to ensure you receive the quality representation and compassionate care you deserve.
We are here to offer you a free case consultation and we work on a contingency fee basis. Reach out to us now at (414) 273-7400.