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Green Bay burn injury attorney homeowner liabilityEven with modern heating systems and functioning smoke detectors, residential house fires still occur all too regularly. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), nearly 400,000 residential fires occurred in 2017 throughout the United States. Cooking accidents, faulty heating systems, and electrical malfunctions account for the majority of household fires. As colder temperatures settle in, and property owners start to use more electrical devices, the risk of fires and burns may increase. Although heating systems can be essential, it is important to understand the potential risks that can result from carelessness or malfunctioning systems. Accidental fires can lead to serious burn injuries, including respiratory distress and skin trauma. If you or a family member have been injured as a result of another party’s negligence, working with an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a case to seek compensation.

Causes of Burn Injuries 

Burn afflictions can result in pain, disfigurement, permanent nerve damage, or wrongful death for the victim. According to USFA, there are four main causes of burns:

  • Thermal burns: Can result from heat sources such as flames or steam.
  • Chemical burns: Occur when a chemical comes in contact with skin.
  • Electrical burns: Occur when electric current flows through a body.
  • Radiation burns: Can result from prolonged exposure to radioactive materials.

While it is unlikely that a person would experience a radiation burn at someone’s home, thermal burns, chemical burns, and electrical burns can all occur in residential settings. A property owner may be liable if a visitor to their home sustained a burn injury due to the owner’s negligence. For example, the homeowner may be responsible if he or she knew about a faulty electrical device but did not remedy the situation.

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Appleton burn injury attorneyEvery year, thousands of Americans suffer severe burns resulting in serious injuries. A burn injury can impact a person’s ability to work, while resulting in chronic pain and scarring. Burn injuries can be caused by gasoline in the aftermath of a car accident or misuse of hazardous materials at the workplace. Regardless of how these occur, the implications can be tragic. In the event of a burn injury, it is important to contact an attorney to determine your options for pursuing compensation from the party or parties who were responsible. 

Burn Incidents Throughout the United States 

According to the American Burn Association (ABA), a staggering 486,000 Americans suffered burn injuries that required medical treatment throughout 2016. Due to the unique challenges that burn injuries present to medical professionals, many of those injured require treatment at burn centers. Throughout the United States, 30,000 people were admitted to burn centers in 2016 due to the severity of their injuries. Tragically, some burn injuries are entirely untreatable, resulting in death. In all, burns and fires account for an average of 4,500 deaths each year. 

Even if a severe burn victim is able to survive their injuries, the long-term symptoms can be drastic. A third-degree burn is characterized as a burn that extends beneath the skin. These injuries can result in permanent nerve damage, infections, and traumatic exterior scarring. The chronic pain that often accompanies third-degree burns can result in loss of mobility, difficulty sleeping, and incessant itching. 

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Wisconsin burn injury lawyers-Burn injuries can leave lasting effects on your life, your family, and your finances. There can be physical effects including disfigurement, scarring, tissue, nerve, muscle, and tendon damage. Long-term care and on-going medical treatment can drain family finances and even lead to bankruptcy. Burn injuries can also be emotionally and mentally scarring in the form of pain, suffering, loss of a career, or loss of a spouse.

Therefore, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of a serious burn and seek medical attention should you or a loved one suffer such a burn. Any burn above a first-degree burn requires immediate medical attention.

  • First-degree burn. These are treatable at home and cause only redness and mild swelling.
  • Second-degree burn. These burns cause a painful, swollen, moist-looking area on the skin. A second-degree burn affects the first two skin layers and can leave a scar.
  • Third-degree burn. These burns penetrate down to the fatty layer below the skin. Instead of pain, the victim may feel numbness in the area.  
  • Fourth-degree burn. These burns may cause blackening of the skin. The burn victim may not feel pain due to nerve damage.  

Seeking Damages for Burn Injuries in Wisconsin 

In Wisconsin, if your burn injuries are a result of another person’s bad act or neglect, there is a window of opportunity in which you may seek legal recovery for your damages. This window of opportunity is called a “statute of limitations,” and in Wisconsin, it is three years. After three years, the window will close and you may no longer recover for any damages.

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Wisconsin burn injury attorneysThe pain experienced by burn injury victims is complex and of serious concern, not just immediately after the injury, but also in the years to come. Sadly, science has struggled with pain management for such victims. Part of this is due to the way that burns affect the body, which is quite different from other types of injuries. Thankfully, a new study now suggests that tarantula venom may hold the key to improved pain management for burn victims. Learn more, discover what compensation you may be entitled to after a burn injury caused by negligence, and see how an experienced attorney can assist with your claim.  

Understanding Why Burn Injuries Are Different

When the body is injured, signals are transmitted to the brain by special sensory neuron receptors called nociceptors. Sitting on top of those nociceptors are tiny membrane proteins that respond to specific types of pain stimuli, such as pain from heat – or burn pain, which is unique in how it reacts with the body’s nociceptors. It opens a sodium channel known as Nav1.7 and allows an electrical current to flow directly through the cell as charged ions.

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Wisconsin burn injury lawyersBurn injuries are often caused by preventable and negligent mistakes, such as car accidents or defective products. In such instances, victims may be owed compensation for the injuries and losses they experience. Learn more about the claims process and how an attorney can help protect your rights in a burn injury case.

Types of Burn Injuries

Despite the common misconception, there are actually several different types of burn injuries, and each may affect the victim differently. For example, an electrical burn is far more likely to cause internal injury than a chemical or second-degree burn. In contrast, chemical burns are far more likely to leave external scarring and disfigurement than internal burns. Understanding this – and how it may impact the amount of your settlement – can be crucial to your case.

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