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....