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Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney
Personal injuries from a car, truck, or other accident can dramatically impact your life and the life of your family. Not only do you have to deal with the pain and disability from your accident, but medical bills from the accident are piling up and you may be unable to work because of the accident. The emotional toll the accident takes on you and your family gets worse every day. It can be confusing to know where to turn for help. At Mingo & Yankala, S.C., we have the skill and experience to handle every aspect of your personal injury claim while you concentrate on recovering from your injuries.
We have more than 40 years of experience successfully resolving many different types of personal injury claims in Milwaukee and throughout all of Wisconsin. We have handled thousands of injury cases. Attorney Mark Mingo has received many professional awards for his work as a personal injury attorney. Mark has earned the respect and appreciation of his clients and this resulted in Mark receiving the AVVO Clients’ Choice Award two years in a row.
Personal Injury Resources:
- Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
- Types of Personal Injury Cases
- Do I Have a Case?
- Recovering Damages & Compensation
- How Much Does a Lawyer Charge?
- Comparative Fault & Your Claim
- What is the Statute of Limitations in Wisconsin?
- Speak with a Milwaukee Injury Attorney
The Right Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney Makes a Difference
The attorney you hire almost always has a direct impact on the amount of your recovery. You need a law firm that has compassion for you as a personal injury victim as well as a law firm that has the skill, experience, and expertise to get you the full recovery you deserve. The compassion we have for your clients is evident in being awarded the prestigious AVVO Clients’ Choice Award two years in a row. At the same time, the skill, experience, and expertise of our personal injury attorneys and personal injury team are hard to match:
- Our Wisconsin trial attorneys have many years of experience successfully handling personal injury claims in and out of the courtroom. Mark has successfully tried over 100 jury trials throughout Wisconsin in both State and Federal courts. In addition to his jury trials, Mark has handled over 1,000 personal injury cases.
- Mark has successfully argued cases in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, and argued – and won – a landmark case in the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
- In addition to being Board Certified which few lawyers are, Mark has been selected to be Wisconsin Super Lawyers every year since 2008.
- We will meet with you anywhere, including your home, the hospital, our office, or virtually via a ZOOM Conference.
- You pay us absolutely nothing until we win your case. If for any reason we do not win your case, you pay nothing and we absorb all costs.
- With our unique personal injury guarantee, if for any reason you are not completely satisfied with the way we handle your case in the first 30 days, you are free to take your case to any other law firm. No costs, no fees, no questions asked.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident, please call us at (414) 273-7400 or use the confidential Contact Form below. We would love to hear from you and will answer any questions you have.
“Receiving multiple awards and being recognized as a top attorney in Wisconsin for two consecutive years is an honor, but my clients’ satisfaction is my most cherished award.”
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When to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer in Milwaukee
As soon as you realize that you are injured, you should speak with a Milwaukee personal injury attorney. Many people are hesitant to call an attorney for a variety of reasons. Some may not be aware they have a case or are not sure who might be at fault. Others may not feel their injuries justify legal action. However, without speaking to an attorney, you will not know if you have a case or how much compensation you may be entitled to. An attorney can help you with the process of identifying liable parties, finding out how much insurance coverage is available, and helping you understand the full extent of your injuries and how much you will need to move forward. If you have been injured due to someone else’s fault, you owe it to your family and yourself to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.
At Mingo & Yankala, our Milwaukee personal injury attorneys and personal injury team are available to speak with you about your case at absolutely no charge. We will listen to the facts of your case and let you know if we can help you with no obligation to retain our services. We will answer any questions you have and if you choose to hire us, we will begin immediately working on your case.
Mark J. Mingo
Meet Mark J. Mingo, a renowned lawyer and founding member of Mingo & Yankala, S.C. Mark is a real legal champion, having over 100 successful jury trials and a track record of successfully settling countless personal injury claims. Mark has been recognized as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer® for over a decade, has been named one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys, and has a perfect 10/10 “Superb” AVVO rating. Mark Mingo will show you how to achieve excellence.
- Years of experience: 44 years
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- Location: Milwaukee, WI
Common Personal Injury Cases
Serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, amputations, or spine injuries can arise from almost any situation. We are an experienced personal injury law firm helping injury victims throughout Wisconsin. We understand how different types of cases work, such as Wisconsin’s fault law in a car accident case or the strict liability doctrine in a dog attack lawsuit. Our attorneys will guide you through the laws connected to your case. Some common personal injury cases include:
- Boat Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Dog Bites
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
- Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Slip & Falls
- Truck Accidents
- Wrongful Death
These are only a few of the types of personal injury claims we have helped victims within Milwaukee and throughout all of Wisconsin. Our Milwaukee personal injury attorney and personal injury team are prepared to answer any questions you have and provide you with excellent representation in your injury claim. Our clients tell us how much better they feel after making that first call to our office and that they wish they had called sooner.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
A personal injury case in Wisconsin can be filed if one or more parties have caused injury or damage to a victim. The legal ground for a personal injury claim is typically negligence. Negligence refers to the failure of an individual or entity to use proper care in doing something, such as driving a car or maintaining a property, that leads to the injury of another person. It is the plaintiff’s burden to prove that the defendant caused the injury or illness in question through an act of negligence.
Negligence has four elements that you or your lawyer must prove during your claim:
- Duty of care. A duty of care is a legal or ethical responsibility to treat someone with reasonable and ordinary care based on the circumstances.
- Breach of duty. A breach of duty is a departure from the normal or acceptable obligation of care, such as the violation of a safety rule or law.
- Direct cause. Direct cause means that the defendant’s failure to use ordinary care directly caused or significantly contributed to your injuries or losses.
- Damages. Damages are the legal term for losses suffered by a victim because of a defendant’s negligence. They often include medical bills and lost wages.
If you believe that another person’s negligence was responsible for your recent injury or a loved one’s death, consult with a personal injury lawyer for more information about your rights. You may be entitled to financial compensation from a defendant for causing or failing to prevent your injury. However, in many cases, injured persons may not be aware that someone may have been responsible. For this reason, any time you suffer serious injury, it may be in your best interest to speak with an attorney. At Mingo & Yankala, S.C., we offer free consultations in Milwaukee, where one of our injury lawyers will listen carefully to your injury story and let you know if your case has merit.
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Damages You Could Recover in Your Milwaukee Personal Injury Case
How much is my case worth? The answer to this common question is, unfortunately, it depends. The value of your case is determined by many factors including the nature and extent of your injuries, the amount of insurance coverage available, and the impact the injury has had on your life. Never allow any attorney to pretend to tell you how much your case with worth until the attorney fully understands the nature of all of your injuries, whether any of the injuries are permanent, and how those injuries impact your life and the life of your family. Your attorney needs to take the time to get to know you and unfortunately, too few attorneys will take this time.
To calculate the value of your case, your attorney will need to know all of the ways that your life has been affected by your injuries and the costs that you have incurred. In legal terms, these costs are referred to as damages. In most personal injury cases, accident victims may be eligible to recover economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are tangle costs that include:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Diminished earning capacity
- Loss of future potential earnings
- Costs of increased insurance premiums
- Property damages
- Loss of household services and unexpected childcare fees
Non-economic damages exist to compensate you for things that do not have a fixed monetary value. Some of the more commonly sought-after types of non-economic damages include:
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of society and support
- Diminished quality of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Economic damages are typically calculated by adding up the bills and receipts that prove the victim’s financial losses, as well as projecting future foreseeable costs associated with a long-term injury. Non-economic damages, without hard numbers to calculate them, are largely left to the discretion of a jury. A jury will choose a number suitable for the victim based on how greatly the injury has impacted his or her life. In cases that go beyond negligence, punitive damages may be awarded. Punitive damages are only awarded in cases where the plaintiff can prove that the defendant acted maliciously or with intentional disregard. It is your attorney’s job to provide concrete evidence of how the injury impacted and will continue to impact your life.
How to Obtain Compensation for a Milwaukee Personal Injury
In most cases, compensation in personal injury cases comes from the responsible party’s insurance company. Often there is more than one party responsible for the accident. In those cases, the injured party may be able to obtain compensation from multiple insurance policies. An experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney can identify all possible responsible parties so that you obtain the best recovery possible.
For many years our attorneys represented the largest, and most well-known, insurance companies in Wisconsin and across the country. Many insurance companies considered us the “go-to” law firm when the insurance company or its insured were sued for personal injuries throughout Wisconsin. Although we now devote our practice to representing personal injury victims, all our experience representing insurance companies means we know exactly how to properly present an injury claim to an insurance company to obtain a significant settlement or recovery for our injured clients. Insurance companies know and respect us and this greatly benefits all of our personal injury clients. Insurance companies know we do not pursue frivolous or non-meritorious claims.
We present every injury claim to the insurance company respectfully and authoritatively. In turn, the insurance company knows that we have the skill and experience to take the case through trial if a settlement offer is not made that fully compensates our client.
Our experience representing big-name insurance companies, and now representing injury victims, has earned us the respect of our injury clients as well as the respect of the insurance companies we now present claims. This is what one of our clients had to say after he attempted to settle a claim for himself and his wife following an accident:
“Mark Mingo was able to procure a settlement over 18 times what the insurance company offered to settle our injury claim, and we were able to resolve our claim through mediation rather than having to endure a trial. After my experience with dealing with the insurance company for almost 3 years, my advice is to at least consult with Mark about your case and as soon as possible after the incident occurs.” –Stephen & JoAnn, Muskego, WI
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Milwaukee Personal Injury Lawyer?
At Mingo & Yankala, S.C., we keep our fees reasonable and affordable by operating on a contingency fee basis. With this payment arrangement, our clients don’t pay us anything upfront. They only pay if and when we collect financial compensation during an injury claim. As your lawyers, you won’t pay us a dime unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
If our attorneys succeed in collecting financial compensation for you, we will deduct our attorney’s fees from the settlement or judgment award collected rather than billing you directly. We do this using a pre-agreed-upon percentage as our payment. The percentage charged will depend on your specific case. We are also unique in that we offer a 30-day guarantee. With this promise, if you are not 100 percent satisfied with how we’re handling your case for any reason, you can drop our services at no cost or penalty.
With a contingency fee arrangement, every accident victim can afford high-quality legal representation. In addition, our personal injury lawyers are highly motivated to recover maximum financial compensation for you since we don’t get paid unless you do. For more information about how much our personal injury legal services cost, arrange a free consultation today.
How Can Comparative Fault Affect Your Personal Injury Settlement?
Legally responsible is not always clear and absolute. In many cases, multiple parties may share some semblance of responsibility. However, Wisconsin has a legal doctrine known as the comparative fault or comparative negligence rule that allows injured persons to recover compensation even if they are partly at fault for the accident. Section 895.045 of the Wisconsin statutes states that if an accident victim is found to be negligent in connection to the accident for which recovery is sought, the damages allowed shall be diminished in proportion to the amount of negligence attributed to the plaintiff. As long as the plaintiff’s negligence is less than 51 percent, he or she can still recover partial compensation.
The rule of comparative negligence means that if you caused or contributed to your injury in Wisconsin, the financial compensation available from a defendant will be decreased by an equivalent amount. If you are found to be 15 percent responsible for your injuries, for instance, this would reduce your financial recovery by 15 percent. If the courts allocate 51 percent or more of the blame for the injury to you, however, you will lose all right to recover a monetary award. This is why it is important to work with an attorney to collect evidence and build a case that reduces your share of fault or proves that you were not responsible.
What is the Statute of Limitations on a Personal Injury Claim in Wisconsin?
According to Section 893.54 of the Wisconsin State Legislature, a civil claim brought for injury to a person must be commenced within three years. This includes actions connected to motor vehicle accidents. This law is known as Wisconsin’s statute of limitations, and it only has limited exceptions. In general, if you fail to file a personal injury claim within three years of your accident or of the date that you discover your injury or illness, you will be barred from making a financial recovery.
There are, however, several exceptions. One such exception involves wrongful death claims. In wrongful death claims, Wisconsin law allows two years from the date of the death to file rather than three years from the accident. Another exception is if the accident involves an injured minor. A minor has three years from his or her 18th birthday to file a claim, even if this is more than three years from the accident. If the defendant in your case is a government entity, Wisconsin law shortens the filing deadline to just 120 days. It’s important to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible after an injury in Milwaukee to meet your deadline.
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Get Help From a Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney Today
Your life may be forever changed by the trauma of your injuries. If you were injured due to someone else’s fault, you deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries. Contact the experienced Milwaukee personal injury lawyers at Mingo & Yankala, S.C. to find out what legal options may be available to you.
If we accept your case, you pay us absolutely nothing until we win a recovery for you. We would love to hear from you today at 414-273-7400 or you can fill out our online contact form.
Frequently Asked Questions
When you schedule your free consultation with a personal injury and accident lawyers in Wisconsin, you should come prepared with specific questions for us to address. Some of the common questions clients ask us are:
Determining negligence is crucial in personal injury cases, as negligent parties can be held liable for your injury-related losses. Generally, there are four elements you must prove when determining negligence, including:
- Duty of care
For example, another driver has a duty to follow traffic laws and drive safely. If a driver violated this duty by speeding and caused your injuries and damages, they were negligent and should be liable.
Proving each element of negligence requires different evidence, and it is advised to have an experienced Milwaukee personal injury lawyer help with this process. Proving these elements can impact your financial recovery after someone negligently causes you an injury.
Wisconsin also has comparative negligence laws that can complicate your case. Essentially, an insurance company might claim that you share negligence and fault with the other party. While this can scare many injury victims, it does not bar you from pursuing compensation.
Shared negligence can impact how much compensation you can receive, but it does not always mean you should receive nothing. Under Wisconsin law, you can still recover financially if you are less than 51 percent at fault. Then, your award will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
Our attorneys can challenge wrongful assertions of fault to ensure you receive maximum compensation. If you do share blame, we can ensure the proper percentages of fault are assigned to maximize your compensation. Discuss your options with Mingo & Yankala, S.C. Accident & Injury Lawyers.
The best way to determine your case’s value is to speak to a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer. Your compensation will depend on various factors, so always schedule an initial consultation with Mingo & Yankala, S.C. Accident & Injury Lawyers for an accurate assessment of what your claim might be worth. We will review the damages you suffered, their value, and insurance policy limits, among other factors.
First, our Milwaukee personal injury attorneys will calculate damages that cover past, current, and future medical expenses. These may include:
- Prescription medication
- Hospital stays
- Doctor appointments
- Medical equipment
- Mileage to medical appointments
- Diagnostic tests and exams like X-rays
- Ambulance and emergency transportation
Your injuries might also prevent you from working for a period of time, or you may have to miss work for follow-up appointments and procedures. We can pursue compensation for your lost wages. Some injuries can lead to a lower future earning capacity, and if this applies to your case, we can pursue compensation for the money you would have earned without the injury.
Non-economic damages are also a consideration in injury cases, and these damages cover intangible losses like mental pain and suffering. This could include physical pain, trouble sleeping, depression, or anxiety. We know how to properly value non-economic losses.
One final category of damages you could potentially receive under Wisconsin law is punitive damages. These happen in exceptional circumstances – in cases involving extreme reckless or malicious disregard for human life by the liable party. These damages do not aim to compensate the victim but to punish the liable party for their actions. It is also meant to be a deterrent for others to not engage in the same behavior.
Damages can be confusing, but our injury team knows how to ensure you seek compensation for all of your losses. Seek a no-cost consultation today.
This question is very common among injury victims. Many times, victims are overwhelmed and want to resolve their claims quickly. They assume the insurance company works in good faith when they offer them a settlement, and they might be tempted to accept it without legal advice.
However, accepting the first offer from the insurance company is not in your best interests. It may seem like a substantial amount at first glance, as the insurance company often offers an amount that appears to cover your current losses. They do this early on before you know your injury’s severity or impact on your life, so the settlement is often much lower than you need. Once you accept an inadequate insurance offer, you cannot reopen the claim and seek more.
Always know you have the ability to negotiate for a higher offer. The insurer will not protect your interests, but our personal injury attorneys will. We advise whether an offer is fair or not, and we know how to persuade insurance adjusters to offer what you deserve whenever possible.
The critical thing to remember is never to accept an offer without the right legal review and counsel. Mingo & Yankala, S.C. Accident & Injury Lawyers will look at all of your losses and fight for maximum compensation for you. Speak to our team before you accept any offers.
Suffering an injury is stressful in many ways. Many clients wonder how long a personal injury claim will take to settle because they want to put the matter behind them. This answer will vary based on individual circumstances and the details of your case.
All personal injury cases are unique, and many factors can impact the length of your case. These include:
The type of claim: There are different complexities with each personal injury claim.
Parties involved: Some claims have multiple defendants, which can complicate and lengthen the process.
Injury severity: This factor can affect your claim in multiple ways. First, the more severe your injuries are, the longer it can take to understand the full extent of your future losses. In many cases, the person must wait until they reach maximum medical improvement before assessing their case value. This can extend the length of your case.
Claim value: Claim seeking higher amounts of compensation can lead to additional pushback from insurance companies. This may extend negotiations, require litigation, and extend the timeline of your case.
How you resolve the case: Settlements directly with insurance companies usually take much less time than cases requiring litigation. Even if your case settles out of court during a lawsuit, we might need to go through many stages of the Wisconsin litigation process before this is possible.
The best way to potentially speed up the process is to immediately begin working with a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer. We will negotiate with the insurance company and try to resolve your claim as quickly as possible. However, if your claim does not reach a favorable settlement quickly, we are ready to do what it takes in the long run to seek compensation through the civil courts.
The key is to be patient and prepared to wait for your compensation. Mingo & Yankala, S.C. Accident & Injury Lawyers will guide you through every step and advise you on the best options available.
When you work with our personal injury lawyers in Milwaukee, you will be paying for legal services using a contingency fee structure. This means you do not pay anything upfront or out of pocket. You will not have to use your savings account to afford our services.
A contingency fee means we will only receive payment if we can get you a settlement. If we do, we will take a predetermined percentage of your award as our legal fees. The percentage will vary depending on how far your case goes, but you will always know what to expect ahead of time.
Mingo & Yankala, S.C. Accident & Injury Lawyers are always open and honest about our fees. During an initial consultation, we will discuss the fee arrangement and how it works. You can take some time to decide whether you want to move forward, and you will get a copy of the potential fees if you sign up with our firm. If you have questions about them, you can always ask one of our Milwaukee personal injury lawyers for clarification.
The time after an injury can move quickly. In many cases, victims are so focused on healing that they often overlook the legal process. While your focus should be on recovery, you have limited time to file a lawsuit. Wisconsin law allows three years from the date of injury to file a case for personal injury in civil court. In cases involving government entities as defendants, you must provide notice of legal action within 120 days, which is a very short time.
Much needs to occur before your attorney files a case in court, so you should never wait until the deadline is near to seek legal assistance. Further, evidence can fade with time, so the sooner you start the process, the stronger your case might be.
Speaking to a Milwaukee personal injury attorney as soon as possible is wise so you do not miss any deadlines or weaken your case. While your case might not require litigation, there is always a chance a lawsuit is necessary to obtain proper injury compensation.
Contact our legal team at Mingo & Yankala, S.C. Accident & Injury Lawyers for your no-cost, no-obligation consultation today.