What you should know about needlestick injuries and our solicitors for Staddlebridge
A needlestick injury is a result of an accident in which a hypodermic needle, a scalpel or another very sharp medical device punctures the skin. In most cases, these accidents could have been prevented if it wasn’t for the negligence of someone who didn’t dispose of such items the right way.
The injuries that a person can sustain in such accidents can be quite serious, particularly as blood borne diseases can be transmitted. Another point of concern is the mental effect that such an accident can have on a person. At Accident Advice Helpline, we often have to deal with needlestick compensation claims by helping people to connect with our solicitors for Staddlebridge, or wherever else they may be located.
Who is at risk?
As you can probably guess, NHS staff and healthcare workers such as doctors and nurses face the biggest risks of needlestick injuries. However, there are other workers who are also at risk. These are prison and police officers, park keepers, cleaners as well as all kinds of workers whose jobs involve refuse collection, street cleaning and waste disposal.
In the majority of cases, needlestick accidents happen when a needle or another sharp object has been discarded or disposed of into the wrong container. For instance, all needles and sharp objects in hospitals must be discarded into a container with a plastic lid and solid sides. If such objects have been accidentally discarded into a plastic bag, the risk of an accident increases significantly.
The consequences of a needlestick injury can be very serious. Some needles are being discarded in parks and public toilets so virtually anyone is at risk. When a needle that has been disposed of pierces the skin, there is always a risk of swelling and infection. However, the risk of contracting a disease or a blood-borne virus is significantly more frightening.
The three most common viruses that can be contracted this way are HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B. Regardless of how you were injured by a used needle you should consult with our solicitors for Staddlebridge to find out whether you can be compensated.
Finding help with our solicitors for Staddlebridge
A needlestick injury can be a traumatic experience especially during the long wait that people usually have to endure before getting their test results. At Accident Advice Helpline, we can help you to seek compensation which can also include emotional trauma.
If you want to be matched with our solicitors for Staddlebridge, don’t hesitate to call us right away. Our compassionate advisers will gladly talk to you on 0333 500 0993 (when calling from a mobile) or on 0800 689 0500 (free from land line phone). We also provide people with the chance to get a call from us instead of dialling. To do this, just send ‘CLAIM365’ to 88010 and we will get in touch with you shortly after.
Date Published: 19th May 2017
Author: David Brown