A needlestick injury is an accident involving a health care worker or any other person being injured by a hypodermic needle or medical equipment. These injuries are very serious in that they can expose you to a higher risk of infection. Remember, the hypodermic needles carry a vast range of diseases because they are usually used on sick patients. Therefore, if you happen to suffer from these injuries, you should seek prompt medical attention to reduce the chances of being infected. Typically, in most needlestick injury circumstances, the immediate cause of the accident is due to a needle being disposed of in an incorrect manner, exposing the person responsible for disposing the trash to a risk of being injured.
In many areas, there are regulations that state that each and every used needle must be disposed of responsibly in labelled refuse containers. If these rules are not abided by, other people are going to get injuries. It is worth noting that not just nurses and doctors are victims of needlestick injuries. Other individuals who may be victims of circumstance include;
- Council workers
- Health workers
Needlestick injuries are unpredictable but escapable. Ensuring that you use devices with safety features, eliminating unnecessary use of needles, and promoting education to those who handle the needles and related systems can avoid these injuries. These measures will not only protect health care professionals and patients from injuries but also from contracting blood borne pathogens. However, if you suffer a needlestick injury, you should be aware that you are entitled to claim compensation.
The pain, stress, and suffering caused by needlestick injuries are subject to compensation. The aftermath of the injuries will leave you wondering about the lasting impact the infections will cause. For instance, if you are a victim needlestick injury, the chances are that you may contract some life-threatening diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV. Moreover, the injuries may cause anxiety and immense stress on the victim.
Fortunately, many medical organizations cover their employees and patients from these injuries. If the injury you suffered occurred while you were receiving treatment, during surgery or dentist, then you are entitled to claim injury compensation against the responsible organisation. Needless to say, the medical professional treating you is in charge to take care of your safety.
Moreover, if the treatment you have received causes severe side effects from the needles, then you are entitled to financial compensation because it is assumed that the needles used didn’t add up to the acceptable standards concerning quality. The trauma and stress caused must be compensated by a financial reward.
There are many types of illnesses or injury that you can pick up from a needlestick injury, such as:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- HIV – (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
Understanding the whole process of needlestick injury claims is not only difficult but also impossible. Therefore, if makes perfect sense to seek the help of a solicitor to handle your case. The lawyer will successfully claim compensation for the harm caused. They will provide you with the invaluable support, which you need to get the appropriate compensation.
If you would like to get a financial regard for needlestick injuries, look no further than contacting Tylers Solicitors today for a free no obligation chat.
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