Needlestick injuries result when a hypodermic needle accidentally punctures the skin and can occur when giving an injection or when taking blood. Nurses and healthcare workers are often at risk of this type of injury but there are other workers at risk of needle-stick injuries.
Hospital laundry workers, cleaners and garbage disposal workers can be exposed to used needles as can park keepers and police officers. Used needles can contain droplets of blood as well as bacteria and viruses which is the reason why this type of injury can be so distressing.
All needles and sharps in a hospital environment should be disposed of in a sharps bin or container to ensure the safety of all employees. Any sharps or needles which have been disposed of incorrectly in any workplace could result in a needle-stick injury, particularly if the needle is in a plastic bag or Cleaners and other workers can easily be exposed to needles in public toilets, parks, alleys and bins therefore they should be given some form of protection against infection, such as gloves.
Nurses and healthcare workers who have been injured may suffer from needle-stick injury stress due to the possibility of contracting a blood-borne infection. This can be extremely distressing, especially if there is a long wait for blood test results. If you have suffered a needle-stick injury, you could be entitled to compensation.
Safety failures at work
If there has been any health and safety failure which has led to you suffering a needle-stick injury, you could make a personal injury claim. There is a risk of contracting an infection such as Hepatitis or HIV from a needle-stick injury therefore you will likely go through blood tests to ensure that you are safe after the injury.
However, the possibility that you may have contracted an illness can be extremely distressing in itself. If you have suffered from needle-stick injury stress and there is evidence of negligence, you could be entitled to compensation.
Making your claim
If you have suffered from stress and anxiety due to a needle-stick injury, you could make a personal injury claim where there is evidence of negligence.
The support of our team at Accident Advice Helpline can help you, particularly if you are still feeling the effects of your ordeal.
We can offer you no-obligation advice on your case and can offer you a no win, no fee* service which can help if you are suffering any related financial strain. You can get in touch with us by calling us free on: 0800 689 0500 today.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen