What is a Needlestick Injury?
Needlestick injury is the term used to describe an accident where a person’s skin is punctured accidentally by a hypodermic needle or sharp medical device.
This can lead to serious illness as well as affect the sufferer mentally. It’s an unfortunate reality that the majority of these incidents could have been prevented.
A needlestick injury claim can arise from an accident at work or in a medical environment and you may be entitled to compensation due to personal injury.
Who is at risk of a needlestick injury?
NHS staff including, doctors, nurses and all health care workers who are all highly at risk, with statistics indicating that 75% of NHS workers will at some point in their career suffer a needlestick injury.
Some other industries where a needlestick injury claim may arise include:
- Police force
- Youth workers
- Refuse workers
- Prison officers
- Demolition/construction workers
Employers have a duty of care to their employees and procedures should be in place to minimise the risk of injury.
Training should be provided for the safe handling and disposal of needles. Containers for syringes should be provided and used, sharps bins should have solid plastic sides and a lid; they are designed to contain the discarded syringes and sharp medical devices. The sharps bin should never be overfilled.
Accidents can however happen, it may be a discarded syringe or other sharp implements that you came into contact with whilst visiting a dentist, hospital, a communal area or maybe at work.
How we can help
Whatever the circumstances of your injury, you need to seek legal advice. We have expert solicitors who specialise in needlestick injury claims and we will help you claim the compensation you are entitled to and deserve. We will deal with your needlestick injury compensation claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
At the Specter Partnership solicitors, we understand the mental anxiety and emotional anguish that a needlestick or sharps injury can cause, so if you or someone you know has been injured call us and speak to one of our friendly advisors, they will be able to answer your questions and advise you whether you have a valid claim for compensation.
Our experienced team, who have dealt with a number of needlestick claims, will guide you through the complex legal process, ensuring that you receive the best possible outcome to your compensation claim.