What is a needlestick injury?
A needlestick injury defines any instance whereby a person is harmed by a needle. Used needles pose many worrying health risks due to dangerous diseases carried in the blood, with HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C being the most well-known and widely feared.
A needlestick injury should be treated with a sense of urgency, ensuring the individual is tested for all possible risks. Understandably, this is a particularly traumatic injury type; having to await test results is in itself a very painful experience, let alone having to contend with any diseases that may have been contracted as a result.
Needles can also cause other injuries, such as to arteries or veins, or by creating a deep wound.
Who may be at risk?
Anyone can be at risk from a needlestick injury, but in particular those with increased exposure to needles are at the greatest risk. This includes healthcare workers, tattoo artists, and others such as cleaners or refuse collectors, who may encounter used needles out in the rubbish. Anyone may happen across a discarded needle however, which is why it is important to explain to children that they must not play with anything they find on the street.
How is eligibility for compensation determined?
After receiving urgent medical attention, a needlestick injury should be reported to anyone in a position of responsibility relevant to where you were injured. This will help send out the alert and set in motion an investigation to find out where it came from, and whether anyone else may be at risk.
You should also make a claim for compensation if the accident involving the needle was someone else’s fault (for example, an improperly discarded needle), happened in the past three years and resulted in medical treatment then you will be eligible to make a claim.
How to make a claim
To make a claim, you should get in touch with a law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible. We have a team of highly trained advisers who understand that you are going through a very traumatic experience, and will treat you with the utmost sensitivity and professionalism as a result.
Once you have provided the details of your accident, one of our inhouse lawyers will be selected to take your claim forward on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Whilst the claims process is straightforward and stress-free with Accident Advice Helpline, it is also worth ensuring you get the emotional support you need from family and friends. We will make sure you are updated at every step of the way, and in most instances we can do this entirely via the telephone – meaning you do not have to leave the comfort of your own home.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile now.
Date Published: 11th February 2013
Author: David Brown