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1st October 2012

Needlestick injury compensation for hospital worker

Whilst the immediate physical injury caused by needlestick injuries is relatively minor, the impact on the injured person can be extremely traumatic, and in some cases, result in life-changing and life-threatening conditions.

This client asked us to represent her in bringing a compensation claim when she received a needlestick injury during the normal course of her work. Our specialist work accident compensation lawyers secured compensation for her injuries and prolonged concern, which fortunately proved not to be life-threatening.

Needlestick injury at work

Working in a hospital environment, our client had moved a rubbish bag which should have contained only clinical waste. She felt a sharp pain and realised she had been stabbed with a needle, and was bleeding quite badly. A colleague searched the bag and found a discarded used needle.

Our client went to the Occupational Health department where it was confirmed that she had received a puncture wound causing bruising. She had blood taken for tests for diseases which are known to be a risk in such injuries, including HIV and Hepatitis. Even if these are initially clear, months of worry, stress and anxiety follow, until a further set of blood tests will confirm whether or not a life-changing disease has been contracted.

Breach of Regulations

Although the risks of injury through puncture wounds by needles are well known, the hospital had failed to make sure that an adequate system of supervision was in place to ensure that workers followed the procedures for disposing of sharp items such as needles.

In admitting liability, her employer agreed that they had breached their duty under the provisions of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations.

Making a claim for accident at work compensation

Clear Answers' lawyers are waiting to help you. We specialise in all types of personal injury claims, especially those involving accidents at work such as needlestick injuries.

If you or a family member has been injured through no fault of your own, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to talk you through the claims process in plain English and answer any questions you may have regarding your claim. Alternatively, please complete one of our online accident compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

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