“Needlestick injury” refers tom any injury caused as a result of a hypodermic needle, scalpel or lancet accidently puncturing the skin. This can lead to complications with pain, bleeding and swelling and in the most serious cases blood-borne infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C.
Most common in the health care professions [and often referred to as sharps injuries], needlestick injuries are a well-known hazard with sometimes serious consequences. It can take several months to find out if an infection has been transmitted and therefore can cause much pain and stress to the victim.
It is sometimes necessary to make a needlestick injury claim where negligence has caused the injury to be unavoidable in the workplace.
Needlestick injury – who is most at risk
Workers most at risk of needlestick injuries include doctors, nurses, dentists, cleaners, prison staff, social workers, police and waste disposal operatives. Despite the risk associated with the environment in which you may work, the majority of needlestick injuries can be prevented when proper care is taken by the employer regarding needle usage and disposal of needles or the provision of proper protective clothing and equipment.
Although those working in the medical profession are usually most vulnerable to a needlestick injury, these kind of injuries can injure those in other occupations – including cleaners, tattoo artists and refuse collectors, and even carers and children who prick themselves when picking up used needles.
What’s more, the number of needlestick injuries in both the medical and dental professions have increased significantly in recent years – the period between 2002 and 2011 saw numbers affected rise by 131%
Thinking of a Needlestick Injury Compensation Claim – call us today
If you have experienced a needlestick injury and feel it could be due to the negligence of another, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim and therefore should seek advice from specialist medical negligence solicitors.
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