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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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Appleton burn injury lawyersBurn injuries can be physically, financially, and emotionally devastating for anyone, but children can be at an especially high risk for fatality and long-term complications. Their bodies are smaller, and the recovery can be more traumatizing. Now it is being suggested that children may also experience developmental and educational delays because of their burns. This makes it even more critical for parents to understand their right to pursue compensation.

How Big is the Impact?

According to statistics from Safe Kids, a total of 334 children died from burn injuries in 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available). Another 126, 035 were seen in emergency rooms for burns. Their causes varied, typically by age, and included issues ranging from scalding to direct fires experienced in auto accidents.

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burn injuries, psychological effects of burn injuries, Wisconsin Personal Injury LawyerAccording to the American Burn Association, an estimated 40, 000 individuals suffer burn injuries that require hospitalization or extended stays in burn centers. Medical treatment for severe burn injuries has much improved in modern times and the survival rate for burns is nearly 97 percent. However, even after injuries are stabilized, burn victims are commonly left facing a long road to recovery that may include significant pain, extensive and invasive treatments, and scars and disfigurements. It is no surprise that the majority of burn victims also suffer from serious psychological distress or mental conditions.

Distress Can Vary from Case to Case

No two burns are exactly the same, and thus no two burn center patients will feel the same emotional effects of their injuries. Some of the common causes of psychological distress in burn patients include the following:

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