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Needlestick Injury Compensation Claims

Introduction to Needlestick Injuries
  What are Needlestick Injuries?
Who is at Risk from a Needlestick Injury?
  Workers at Risk from Needlestick Injuries and Sharps Injuries
Injuries caused by Needlesticks
   Risks of suffering a Needlestick Injury or Sharps Injury
Preventing Needlestick Injuries
  How to prevent Needlestick Injuries and Sharps Injuries
News Stories we have published about Needlestick Injuries
  Needlestick Injury Compensation Claims dealt with by Thompsons Solicitors
Needlestick Injury Compensation Claim Advice
  How to start a Needlestick Injury Compensation Claim

Introduction to Needlestick Injuries

What are Needlestick Injuries?

"Needlestick injury" is the term used to describe an accident where a person's skin is accidentally punctured by a hypodermic needle or sharp medical device such as a scalpel.

The mental effects of such an accident can be just as devastating as the physical injury and the worst thing is that the majority of these accidents could be prevented.

If you have suffered a needlestick injury or sharps injury at work, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation.  To find out more, call us on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Who is at Risk from a Needlestick Injury?

Workers at Risk from Needlestick Injuries and Sharps Injuries

Healthcare workers and NHS staff including nurses and doctors are the main group at risk from needlestick injuries.  Other workers at risk include cleaners, park-keepers, police officers, prison officers and workers involved with waste disposal including street cleaning and refuse collection.

Most needlestick injuries and sharps injuries are caused by needles and sharps which have been carelessly discarded or disposed of into the wrong type of refuse container.  For example, all hypodermic needles and sharps in a hospital environment should be placed into a sharps bin which has solid plastic sides and a lid.  If they are placed into a thin refuse bag in error, it is likely that they will pierce the bag which then creates a risk for a worker who removes that bag to be injured by the sharp object.

Common places for hypodermic needles to be discarded include public toilets, parks, communal stairways and alleys creating a dangerous environment for cleaners and other workers.

If you have suffered a needlestick injury or sharps injury, you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.  For more information, call us on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Injuries caused by Needlesticks

Risks of suffering a Needlestick Injury or Sharps Injury

Not only does the injured person suffer the initial trauma of the sharp object piercing their skin which often causes bleeding, swelling and tenderness of the area with risk of infection, they also have the worry that they will have contracted a blood-borne virus (BBV).

Blood tests are often taken at the time of the accident but then the injured person will have to wait a further 3, 6 or sometimes even 12 months before they can have a follow-up blood test to check for viruses, as depending on the virus, they can take some time to show up on blood tests.

The three main viruses that people suffering a needlestick injury or sharps injury are at risk of developing are Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

If you have suffered a needlestick injury at work, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.  To find out more about our service call us on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Preventing Needlestick Injuries

How to prevent Needlestick Injuries and Sharps Injuries

Needlestick injuries and sharps injuries suffered by healthcare workers during a medical procedure are often not preventable but injuries suffered in other circumstances are.  For example:

  • Hypodermic needles and other medical sharps should be placed in sharps bin provided.
  • Sharps bins should never be over-filled.
  • PPE and tools should be provided where appropriate such as a litter picker, tongs, safety boots, knee pads and heavy-duty gloves.
  • Training on the handling and disposal of needles should be provided to at-risk workers.
  • No worker should be expected to hold a discarded needle with their bare hands and should not be expected to put their hands into a place they cannot see such as inside a drain or in a U bend of a pipe.

Workers at risk of coming into contact with hypodermic needles should consider having the Hepatitis B Vaccine and keeping up to date with Tetanus Vaccines.

It has also been argued that local authorities should install sharps pins in public areas known to have problems relating to discarded needles, should arrange security in parks and public areas at night and should consider replacing the standard hypodermic needle with a "safer needle" which retracts or is destroyed after use.

If you have suffered a needlestick injury or sharps injury and you would like to know if we can help you make a personal injury claim, contact us on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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News Stories we have published about Needlestick Injuries

Needlestick Injury Compensation Claims dealt with by Thompsons Solicitors

In the past we have published news stories on our website about needlestick injury compensation claims we have dealt with.  To read a selection of these follow the links below or to read all of our news stories, visit our News Desk.

Train worker’s agonising wait after needle injury

UNISON calls for safer needles following needlestick injury

Heathrow Express worker wins disability discrimination claim

If you have suffered a needlestick injury and would like to know if you are entitled to make a claim for compensation, contact us on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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Needlestick Injury Compensation Claim Advice

How to start a Needlestick Injury Compensation Claim

If you or anyone you know has suffered a needlestick injury or sharps injury at work, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any injury claim including needlestick injury claims. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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