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Home > News > Care worker suffers needlestick injury and receives accident compensation

30th April 2012

Care worker suffers needlestick injury and receives accident compensation

A care worker, our client in this claim for needlestick injury compensation, pricked herself with the needle, which had not been removed as the guidelines required.

Our specialist work accident compensation lawyers negotiated fiercely to secure fair compensation for our client’s injury and traumatic experience. Although the defendant, her employer, admitted liability, their insurers initially offered an unacceptable sum, which we advised the client to reject.

We were subsequently able to secure several thousand pounds in work accident compensation, and our client kept 100%.

Needlestick injury in accident at work

In assisting a resident at the care home where she worked, our client had to open a glucose pack. As she did so, she pricked herself with the needle, which should have been removed from the pack when not in use.

A colleague at the home confirmed that he had mistakenly left the needle in there, despite instructions to the contrary.

Consequences of needlestick injuries

In addition to the physical injury which caused our client considerable discomfort, she also had the worry that such an injury inevitably brings regarding infections, such as Hepatitis B and C, HIV or Aids.

Breach of duty of care

Healthcare workers, along with many other types of workers such as cleaners, park-keepers, refuse collectors, street cleaners, and professionals such as doctors and nurses, are known to be at risk of these types of injury if adequate precautions and training are not carried out.

Our client’s employer was negligent by not setting up or enforcing an adequate system of supervision or instruction of staff, resulting in our client’s colleague failing to remove the needle.

Making an injury at work compensation claim

If you or a family member has been injured, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, if you prefer to complete one of our online compensation claim forms, one of our representatives will contact you as quickly as possible.

Whether an accident at work was due to negligence on the part of an employer, or some other cause, Clear Answers’ lawyers have teams of specialists waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your compensation claim.

Clear Answers' solicitors have extensive experience in all types of accidents at work compensation claims, especially needlestick injuries, and will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will talk you through the claims process in plain English. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your claim.

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