Wisconsin Burn Injuries - Time Limits and Recovery for Damages
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.
There are two types of damages in Wisconsin: economic and noneconomic. Economic damages include loss of income, medical costs, and if necessary, costs of long-term care. Noneconomic damages include damages such as pain and suffering, embarrassment, and not enjoying life. Wisconsin does not place a cap on economic damages. Wisconsin does place a cap on certain types of noneconomic damages. These caps include noneconomic damages involving medical malpractice, some claims against the state, and claims against the local government.
Contact Our Appleton Burn Injury Lawyers
Due to the complexities and time limitations to recover for your burn injury, it is important to seek out an experienced burn injury lawyer today. An experienced burn injury lawyer can further explain how the statute of limitations applies to your burn injury, and what type of damages, if any, you may be entitled to receive.
Contact Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., where your financial interests and full recovery are a priority. Our Green Bay burn injury attorneys offer free consultations. Call 920-739-7366.