Most Common Injuries from a Milwaukee Car Accident

Car accidents can range from minor scrapes and bruises to life-altering or fatal injuries. The injuries a victim suffers in a car accident depends on a number of factors, including the angle of the accident, the speed each vehicle was traveling at the time of impact, safety features in the vehicle, their position in the vehicle, and others. Regardless of the injury you suffered, you need a strong legal advocate by your side who will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact Mingo & Yankala, S.C. for your free case review with a Milwaukee injury lawyer.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries

Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). TBIs cause 2.8 million emergency room visits and hospitalizations and 50,000 fatalities every year. TBIs occur when the brain is harmed by a blow or a piercing injury, either of which can occur in a motor vehicle accident.

A concussion is one common type of traumatic brain injury. This injury can be serious and life-threatening. Sustaining a concussion in a car accident can make you more susceptible to concussions in the future.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Since a lot of the force of a motor vehicle accident is absorbed by the back, spinal cord injuries are common. Spinal cord injuries can result in long-term disability, including partial or total paralysis. Motor vehicle accidents are responsible for about half of all spinal cord injuries. A blow to the back can dislocate or fracture vertebrae to cause paralysis.

Spinal cord injuries can have a substantial effect on victims and result in:

  • Loss of mobility
  • Loss of sensation
  • Muscular spasms
  • Problems using fine or gross motor skills
  • Respiratory problems
  • Fertility issues
  • Chronic pain


Practically any bone can break during a motor vehicle collision. Some breaks can be relatively straightforward and only require wearing a cast for a few weeks while others may involve complex fractures that result in considerable pain and a need for surgical intervention.


Approximately 120,000 people suffer whiplash injuries every year. Whiplash is a common injury following a car accident because the body is jolted forward while the head remains in place. This sudden jerking can result in whiplash, which is associated with the following symptoms:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Worsening pain with the movement of the neck
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Pain in the shoulder, upper back, or arm
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

Soft Tissue Injuries

Whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries that victims can suffer, but there are many others they may endure. Damage to the body’s tissues, ligaments, or tendons can be painful but difficult to diagnose.

Back Injuries

Motor vehicle accident victims may suffer various types of back injuries, including:

  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Slipped or herniated discs
  • Ruptured discs
  • Pinched nerves
  • Nerve damage

Arm and Leg Injuries

Arms and legs can be suddenly jolted during a motor vehicle collision. When they come into contact with a hard surface like the steering wheel, dashboard, or seat, accident victims can suffer painful arm or leg injuries.

Facial or Disfiguring Injuries

A car accident can cause your face or other parts of your body to come into contact with the windshield, dashboard or other parts of the car.  This can result in facial scarring or other disfiguring injuries which require reconstructive surgery.  Reconstructive surgery cannot always return the accident victim to normal.  In other cases, future reconstructive surgery must be taken into account in settling your case.  Settling at the wrong time can result in the accident victim recovering far less than what he or she is entitled to.

A skilled Milwaukee car accident attorney at Mingo & Yankala, S.C. can guide you on what your case is worth, whether your case should be settled and, if so, when the right time is to settle your case so that you can obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.

Mental Injuries

Not all car accident injuries are physical in nature. Victims may suffer serious mental injuries caused by the trauma of a car accident, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or anxiety. Victims may be afraid to drive or ride in a vehicle, which can seriously hamper their independence.

Contact a Milwaukee Car Accident Lawyer Today

After an accident, you need to concentrate on your health and recovery. The lawyers at Mingo & Yankala, S.C. are prepared to handle all aspects of your claim. compensation you deserve. Contact us today for your free case consultation.