How to make a claim following a hypodermic needle injury resulting from negligence. If you work in healthcare in the UK you may be exposed to the risk of needlestick injury on a daily basis. These injuries relate to wounds caused by stray or mishandled needles either whilst they are in use or when they have been unsafely discarded.
Compensation for needlestick injuries - explained
We offer advice if you have suffered a needlestick injury whilst at work in the UK. In some cases you could be entitled to medical negligence compensation if the correct procedures had not been followed or a negligent colleague contributed to the incident occurring.
If correct procedures are followed, needlestick injuries would simply not happen. Thousands of healthcare workers suffer injury every year in the UK
A "pin prick" may reasonably be classified as a minor injury in real terms but there is a risk of infection and a psychological element to such an injury that goes way beyond the significance of the wound itself. Similar injuries involving scalpels or other "sharps" can be equally as traumatic. There are a lot of factors taken into consideration when calculating compensation.
Background - Needlestick and "sharps" injuries suffered by healthcare workers
A “pin prick” may reasonably be classified as a minor injury in real terms but there is a risk of infection and a psychological element to such an injury that goes way beyond the significance of the wound itself. Similar injuries involving scalpels other “sharps” can be equally as traumatic.
There are a number of ways in which a person could become exposed to a needlestick injury. In a healthcare environment you could be a doctor, dentist or a member of the nursing staff dealing with a patient, or a receptionist or ward clerk, even cleaners and domestics can be at risk. Other people who may be at risk of a needlestick injury include the police, youth workers and those who clear houses or waste land. Find out what you should do if you are pricked by a needlestick.
Although in a healthcare environment “sharps” should be placed in the appropriate “sharps” bucket for their safe disposal they can become caught up in bedclothes or put into the waste bin. It is then that the unsuspecting can become injured. Whilst in other situations the “sharps” may just be discarded on the floor or imbedded in furniture or casually thrown into the bin.