NEEDLESTICK OR SHARPS COMPENSATION CLAIMS

Needlestick injuries or sharps injuries as they are also known are accidental puncture wounds to the skin by hypodermic syringes or sharp metal implements such as scalpels. These types of wounds are very common among NHS staff and health care workers. Other workers at risk include: Street cleaners and refuse workers, cleaners, park keepers, police officers, prison officers, Construction Workers and Social Workers.

In the medical profession, these injuries are caused by needles and sharps being carelessly discarded or disposed of in the wrong type of refuse container or ‘Sharps Bin’.
Hypodermic syringes are discarded in public places such as parks, public toilets, communal stairways and alleyways and public toilets.

Apart from the wound itself those affected by needlestick injuries are likely to suffer from the mental stress and worry while they wait for results of blood tests. The main risks following these injuries are the possibility of infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. Blood tests are often taken at the time of the accident but thereafter, the injured party might have to wait another 3,6,9 or even 12 months before they have a follow up blood test as some blood virus’s will take time to show up. This causes immense psychological stress and trauma to the victim. Employers and property owners have a responsibility to their employees, tenants or visitors to their building and surrounding areas to prevent (within reason) the risk of such injuries on their premises.
Protective equipment such as heavy duty gloves and boots should be provided.

Those who can potentially come into contact with discarded syringes should receive appropriate training in regard to handling and disposal of sharps. Employers must ensure a safe working environment as well as safe working system and failure in this ‘Duty of Care’ could result in a claim being pursued by the injured party.

If you have suffered a needlestick injury at work, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.

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