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Needlestick Injury Compensation

What’s a needle stick injury?

When needles or other sharp objects accidentally puncture the skin, it results in needlestick injuries. Medical staff working with medical equipment are more prone to needlestick injuries. Workers working in other jobs like construction, sanitation may also be at risk of needlestick injuries.

Needlestick injuries can cause blood viruses apart from the pain caused by the cut or puncture wound. Serious diseases like Tetanus, HIV, or Hepatitis can also happen which can life-changing and long-lasting consequences on your health.

Your employer has a legal duty to make sure to provide the correct training and implement safety procedures to ensure safety from a needlestick injury.

Common causes of needlestick injuries

Apart from medical staff, people working in cleaning or waste disposal might also be at risk, especially if sharp objects or needles haven’t been improperly disposed of. Barbed wires, nails can cause injuries to the people working in the construction sector. Most people believe that needlestick injuries are not a matter to worry about. But people who get serious illness realize how dangerous even a needlestick can get.

If you have suffered from a serious injury, you should contact an expert personal injury lawyer. An expert can tell if you can file a successful case of needlestick injury compensation claim.

Needlestick injuries in the workplace

The Health and Safety Executive has given official safety procedures guidelines for employers to avoid injuries at the workplace. As per the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers should provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and training on how to handle sharp objects.

So, in case your employer neglected the health and safety rules putting the worker's life at risk, you can file a needlestick injury compensation claim against them. Many people fear losing their jobs if they file a claim against their employer. By law, your employer can’t treat yours unfairly for filing a needlestick injury compensation claim against them. Your compensation will usually be paid by your employer’s insurance company and not by them personally. All employers are required to take an Employers’ Liability Insurance so as to pay out for any compensation claims made against them in the future.

Injuries or illnesses caused by hazardous substances

Working with sharp medical objects can put one at risk of hazardous chemicals or biological agents, such as bodily fluids. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002 is there to avoid suffering from an injury or condition because of getting in contact with these substances. The contaminated needles and equipment should be disposed of carefully. The risk assessment should be carried out at regular intervals. The staff should be properly trained and educated about the risks involved in dealing with contaminated objects.

Why make a compensation claim?

A compensation claim aims at providing financial assistance for the treatment cost incurred due to the needlestick injury. An expert personal injury solicitor can help in working out your compensation amount to claim based on the effect your needlestick injury has had on your life and financial conditions.

This means your compensation could cover: