Concerns over needle stick injuries
If you have been injured as a result of an accident involving a needle stick, then you might want to speak to an expert solicitor in Hendon to find out if you could make a claim for compensation.
Those with no knowledge of these types of injuries and incidents may be forgiven for initially thinking that a needle cannot cause a significant amount of damage. Of course, when only considering the physical nature of the injury you are talking about potentially a small scratch, graze or puncture wound. Other than a sharp sensation which may not last longer than a few seconds, the actual injury can be relatively minor.
However, an expert solicitor in Hendon will know that there is a lot more to take into account when dealing with a needle stick injury than the simple physical entry point or wound left behind.
The wound itself may be tender for a few days and depending on the severity of the puncture could swell and bleed as a result. However, the most significant impact of a needle stick injury is the emotional and psychological trauma that comes afterwards as along with the injury comes concerns over the possibility of contracting a blood borne virus such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV.
What to do if you suffer a needle stick injury
If you have been unfortunate to suffer a needle stick injury the first thing you should do is report it to the relevant person on site. If you are at work then this would be your employer. If you are out and about this would be the manager of the estate or shop in which you are in.
You will then need to arrange for blood tests to be taken as quickly as possible to ascertain your current health status. Follow up blood tests will have to be conducted anywhere between three and 12 months after the date of the injury in order to determine whether or not you have been exposed to an infection.
This can be an exceptionally traumatic time. If you have been effected in such a way you should contact an experienced solicitor in Hendon to find out if you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
An expert solicitor in Hendon can help
A solicitor in Hendon can help you make a claim for compensation if you feel more could have been done to prevent you from receiving such an injury. For example, if you are a cleaner working in a medical environment or a health care professional all hypodermic needles should be appropriately disposed of in a sharps container.
If you work in another environment where there is the potential for needles to be present, for example, in a local park then your employers should conduct regular risk assessments to highlight any potential dangers and take necessary action.
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