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Needle Stick Injury
A needlestick injury is when you are hurt by an unclean or contaminated object. This is usually in medical environments, were a needle or other sharp tool has not been disposed of correctly, causing injury by piercing the skin of more than one person. Sometimes, a needlestick injury may be referred to as a sharp injury.
Being pierced with a needle will generally not cause a massive wound. However, the damage is internal. Using a needle that has been used by another person puts you at serious risk of many diseases, such as HIV, Hepatitis B & C, or any other blood virus’.
We understand that having a needlestick injury can not only be mentally and physically damaging, but it can also be incredibly frustrating knowing that it could have been very easily preventable.
Even if you job is heavily based around needles and other sharp objects, being put at risk due to other people’s negligence is not a consequence that you should have to endure.
If you have suffered a needlestick or sharp injury, contact us today on 0121 8276 446 to see how we can assist you.
Am I at risk of needlestick injury?
You are most likely to suffer a needlestick injury at a place. This can be due to certain guidelines not being followed, or correct training not being given.
Some types of work can put you at higher risk than others, such as factory work or in an industrial environment.
In a career such as a prison officer or police officer, you may be injured as a result of someone else having a needle on them while you are conducting a search or making an arrest.
If you have suffered a needlestick injury, you may be able to claim compensation. Call our specially trained advisors today on 0121 8276 446 for further information and advice.
Why is needlestick injury so dangerous?
As well as physically injuring you, having a medical needlestick injury can be extremely frightening for you. You are put at high risk of infection, as the needle can have many diseases and infections on there if it has been used on another person already.
This increases your chance of contracting a disease such as Hepatitis B or C, or HIV. Waiting for the results of this can cause you extreme psychological trauma.
There is a very high chance of developing Hepatitis B after a needlestick injury, as high as 1 in 3 people, and 1 in 30 people for Hepatitis C. There is also a risk of HIV, which is also 1 in 30.
If you have had a needlestick injury and would like to know more about claiming compensation, contact us today on 0121 8276 446 to discuss this.
What happens if I didn't develop an illness after a needlestick injury?
If you have had a needlestick injury which did not result in a disease, you may still be eligible to claim due to psychological trauma and shock, which can have a significant impact on your health.
After your injury, there may have been long periods of time where you were waiting for the outcome, and multiple tests to see if you have contracted anything. This can take a huge toll on you mentally.
The psychological distress may have caused you to take time off work, resulting in financial burdens. The fear of not knowing could affect you as an individual and have an impact on your relationship with your loved ones.
If you have had a needlestick injury without contracting a disease, you may still be eligible to claim. Factors such as PTSD and loss of earning will be considered. Contact us today on 0121 8276 446 to discuss how we can further assist you on this.
What are the time limits for making a needlestick injury compensation claim?
The time limits for making a needlestick injury claim is 3 years from the date the incident occurred.
If the accident happened when you were under the age of 18, the 3-year time limit will begin on your 18th birthday.
Who pays the compensation in a needlestick injury compensation claim?
The needlestick injury compensation will be paid by the at fault parties insurance company, whether that is your employer, or a medical body such as the NHS.
In some cases, the insurance company may put an early offer forward to you. This pay-out is usually significantly lower than what you claim is worth, and is made to reduce to limit the third party costs.
If you have been offered an early pay-out, we highly recommend you discuss all the facts and information with your solicitor before making any decisions.
What might my needlestick injury claim be worth?
The amount of compensation you get for needlestick injury claim will depend on many factors. Until the case has been fully assessed, and medical evidence has been obtained, the amount you get will not be finalised.
Many factors are taken into consideration, such as how severe the result of the injury is, how it has affected your day-to-day life, and how it has financially affected you. No two cases are the same, therefore it is not possible to have set figures in place.
If you would like further information on industrial accident claims, call us on 0121 8276 446.
Your safety, compensation and the law.
There are certain rules and guidelines that a place of work must follow in order to keep their staff and members safe. They have a duty of care to protect you, and you are also protected by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Failure on your workplaces’ behalf to follow simple procedures increases the chance of injury. A working environment must be clean and safe to work in, and if necessary, the correct training and protection gear must be given to their members.
If you are injured as result of negligence by your employer, then you may be able to claim compensation. The compensation is paid by the employer’s insurance, you will not be claiming of the employer directly.
When you make a needlestick injury claim, you may feel as though you are putting your job at risk. However, this is not the case as the law protects you as an individual. You cannot be dismissed from your job or treated in a negative manner due to you making a claim, and if your employer is treating you unfairly then they are breaking the law.
Injuries caused by hazardous substances.
To handle chemical and biological materials at work the code of practice that must be followed is known as The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002. This is the official code of practise that regulates areas such as-
- The risks of handling contaminated bodily fluids.
- The right storage and disposal of contaminated equipment.
- Regularly assessing the health risks to you and your colleagues.
- Reporting any injuries that involve infection.
These rules make sure your employer has the guidance they need to keep you safe and train you to do your job properly.
When rules and regulations such as the Health and Safety at Work act and COSHH are not followed and applied in the correct manner, this can have serious life changing effects on a worker.
For further advise on a needlestick injury claim, contact our experienced team today on 0121 8276 446 to discuss how we can assist you.
Reporting a needlestick injury.
A needlestick injury is considered serious, and under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations), it must be reported by your employer.
After your employer reports this, there is a chance that is may be investigated by HSE (Health and Safety Executive) to determine if there is a further risk to you or another employee.
Can I make a needlestick injury claim?
Any accident which has resulted in injury due to someone else’s negligence can be claimed for.
If your employer’s negligence has caused you injury, such as not providing the correct training, asking you to do tasks which you are not qualified for, or not providing you with the correct safety gear then you may be entitled to compensation.
If you have suffered a needlestick injury but you are not sure if there was any negligence involved, then call our specially trained advisors today on 0121 8276 446, where they will be able to provide you with further clarity and advice.
Making a no win no fee needlestick injury claim.
All needlestick injury claims are handled on a no win no fee basis. This is an agreement between you and the solicitor. This means there are no upfront costs, and in the event that your case was to fail, providing that you have been honest and co-operative, you will not have to pay anything.
If your case is successful, any costs not covered by the other side’s insurance will be paid from your compensation. This will be a maximum of 25%. It can be less, but it will never be more.
You should not have to suffer or be put out of pocket due to a someone else’s negligence which can leave you struggling in your day-to-day life. Our specialist team and solicitors are here to assist you in getting the help and justice you deserve.
Call us today on 0121 8276 446 to see how we can help.
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