Needlestick injury compensation claims explained
They are also known as “sharps” injuries as the category includes needles, blades and scalpels. They are sought by mostly by healthcare workers, but other professionals are also vulnerable. Care workers, refuse collectors, cleaners and tattoo artists can be exposed to the risk of contact with a used needle. Used or dirty needles carry various infections and an injury carries the psychological overhead of the worry for days – or even weeks – over what the victim might have picked up through no fault of their own.
Consequences of needlestick injury
There are two unpleasant consequences of needlestick injury. The primary risk is from BBV (blood borne viruses), of which the main risks are Hepatitis B and C and HIV. The second is the PSTD (Post traumatic stress disorder) as the victim worries what disease they may have contracted. It’s a frightening situation to be in.
Features of needlestick injury compensation claims
PEP Post Exposure Prophylaxis. The victim is given a course of antiretroviral drug treatment as a preventative measure. A needlestick injury does not automatically mean the victim contracts HIV. The PEP element of the claim is worth around £3,000. The PSTD element can see awards of around £4000.
Needlestick injury compensation claims can be made in cases where the victim has been prescribed PEP and the victim can claim for:
Loss of income whilst recovering from the injury
Incidental costs and help from family and friends providing support
Compensation for the anxiety suffered whilst waiting for diagnosis
Other incidental costs as appropriate
Needlestick injury training courses
Awareness courses are available to train people how to avoid such an unpleasant accident. Accredited bodies such as the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) and local authorities are good sources of information. Many commercial providers offer training courses which they will deliver at the workplace and these services can easily be found online.
Accident Advice Helpline
Needlestick injury compensation claims are an area of non-fault accident and injury law in which we have expertise. Within our inhouse team of legal experts we will have a specialist who can advise you. So if you are seeking to make needlestick injury compensation claims, contact us on our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Our friendly, professional advisers will take your call in confidence, answer your questions and advise you how to proceed. If we can’t answer your questions immediately, someone will call you back.
Date Published: 22nd August 2013
Author: David Brown