The population of the UK is getting older, and in the coming years the care of the increasingly frail and elderly population will become a major employment sector. Doctors, nurses, social workers and care workers will be in great demand to provide care in nursing and care homes, hospitals and patient’s own homes.
Appleby Magna is no exception. A high proportion of the local population is likely to be employed in the caring professions. This type of occupation is not without its risks and hazards, and there will be some injuries. Some of these injuries will be caused by unfortunate accidents, but others will be entirely avoidable, and these are the injuries that are categorised as someone else’s fault.
These are the sort of injury that you can contact Accident Advice Helpline about and may result in a personal injury claim with a lawyer in Appleby Magna. The expert personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline have vast experience in helping people make this sort of claim and can provide you with legal assistance to start your claim, too.
A common feature in medical care claims are sharp injuries, many of which Accident Advice Helpline deal with every year.
‘Sharps’ is the term given to all sorts of medical instruments that are used in healthcare. The term includes needles, blades and scalpels. These can cause an injury by cutting or pricking the skin of the healthcare worker using them. Sharps can be contaminated with germs that can cause serious diseases. If the skin has been penetrated by the sharp instrument, it is sometimes called a percutaneous injury. If the injury was not the worker’s fault, they may be able to start a personal injury claim with a lawyer in Appleby Magna.
Contact a lawyer in Appleby Magna
The first step in any sharps-related personal injury claim with a lawyer in Appleby Magna is to treat the injury appropriately. This is done immediately by encouraging the wound to gently bleed and holding it under running water. This will help to wash off any contamination that may have entered the wound. Then, wash the wound using running water and plenty of soap, but not scrubbing it. It is a natural reaction to want to suck the wound, but this should not be done. Instead, once it has been washed the wound should be dried and covered with a waterproof plaster or dressing
You should urgently seek medical advice, which may be provided by an occupational health service. It is possible to take some medicine that fights infection after a sharps injury, then you should report the injury to your employer.
If you suspect the injury was not your fault, you can then call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We have a team of highly trained advisers who will tell you what the next steps will be.
Date Published: 10th January 2014
Author: David Brown