Burn Injury Lawyers

Experienced Burn Injury Attorneys

Burn accidents can happen to anyone at any time and are extremely traumatizing to the victim. They can happen in your home or workplace, and are often caused by negligence, defective products or malfunctioning equipment. If you have been involved in a burn accident and another party is at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for damages.

The Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs team of attorneys understands the severity of burn injuries and their long-lasting physical and emotional impact on victims and their families. Our dedicated team will manage your burn accident lawsuit and streamline the process so you can focus on healing.

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Common Causes of Burn Injuries

Burn Injuries in Wisconsin are most often caused by:

  • Defective products
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Negligence resulting in fire or scalding liquids
  • Chemical exposure
  • Truck and tanker explosions
  • Scalding water and pipes
  • Improper wiring or electrical work
  • Missing or fault fire protect equipment like smoke detectors and sprinkler systems
A Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs client received a $540,000 settlement in a fireplace burn case.

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Common Questions After a Burn Injury

I suffered a burn injury, what should I do?

If you suffer a burn injury, you should first visit a doctor and seek medical treatment for any injuries. Burns often have delayed repercussions like internal injuries and serious infection, so it is essential to contact your doctor for even minor burns.

Depending on the specifics of your burn injury, you may be contacted by your employer’s or landlord’s insurance provider. If you have been injured, seek the representation of an attorney before providing a statement to another party.

Lastly, get in touch with Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs for a review of your case. Our personal injury attorneys specializing in burn injuries will review your situation and recommend next steps, which may include legal action.
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What if it is a minor burn?

Even minor burns can change your life. If you’re concerned your burn injury may have a long-lasting impact on your physical or mental health, contact Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs to review your case today.
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What if I was also at fault for the incident which caused my burn injury?

In Wisconsin, burn injury victims can be held partially liable if they are at fault for the incident, intentionally or not. You are still eligible to receive damages even if you are deemed “negligent” in the incident, though the total amount may be reduced.
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Do I still have a claim if my health insurance or worker’s compensation paid my medical bills after a burn injury?

Those injured in a burn injury are entitled to the full value of their medical treatment. This includes the actual cost of the treatment, not just their copay or deductible. Oftentimes, insurance carriers attempt to reduce damages by offering to pay only ‘out of pocket’ expenses, which leaves the injured person less than whole.

While your health insurance carrier has to pay for your medical expenses, they also have the right to be paid back. This is generally referred to as subrogation.

Keep in mind that you may be entitled to more than medical expense reimbursement. Punitive damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages and more are often part of personal injury cases.
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Whose insurance has to pay for my medical bills if I suffer a burn injury?

Burn injury insurance coverage varies based on where and when the incident occured. Your insurance, your employer’s insurance, your landlord's insurance, worker’s compensation or a third-party insurer may cover your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and other losses.
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How long do I have to file a claim after a burn injury?

The statute of limitations is a time limit established by the laws of Wisconsin, and it determines how long you have to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations varies depending on the details of your burn injury, so we recommend you pursue your case immediately.
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Legal Options Following a Burn Injury

If you suffer a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence and decide to take legal action, Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs will fight for compensation, which may include:

  • Disability
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and interference with family relationships
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages, future earnings and earning capacity
  • Past, present and future medical bills
  • Wrongful death

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