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 from 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 attorney and personal injury team is 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 Court. In addition to his jury trials, Mark has handled over 1000 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 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.
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 identify liable parties, find out how much insurance coverage is available, and help 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 attorney and personal injury team is 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.
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:
- 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 wished 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 has 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 is 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.
Damages You Could Recover in Your 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.
In order 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 child care 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 that is suitable for the victim based on how greatly the injury has impacted his or her life. 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 past experience representing insurance companies means we know exactly how to properly present an injury claim to an insurance company in order to obtain a great 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 in a respectful and authoritative manner. In turn, the insurance company knows that we have the skill and experience to take the case all the way through trial if a settlement offer is not made that fully compensates our client.
Our past 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 insurance companies we now present claims to. 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 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 out of 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.
Comparative negligence. Contributory negligence does not bar recovery in an action by any person or the person’s legal representative to recover damages for negligence resulting in death or in injury to person or property, if that negligence was not greater than the negligence of the person against whom recovery is sought, but any damages allowed shall be diminished in the proportion to the amount of negligence attributed to the person recovering. The negligence of the plaintiff shall be measured separately against the negligence of each person found to be causally negligent. The liability of each person found to be causally negligent whose percentage of causal negligence is less than 51 percent is limited to the percentage of the total causal negligence attributed to that person. A person found to be causally negligent whose percentage of causal negligence is 51 percent or more shall be jointly and severally liable for the damages allowed.
This rule means that if you caused or contributed to your own 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.
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 an experienced Milwaukee personal injury lawyer 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.