Needlestick Injury Claims

If you have been injured by a needle or other sharp object due to somebody else’s negligence, you will be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Our solicitors will provide expert advice to ensure you receive the maximum amount possible.

Our solicitors have years of experience when it comes to making needlestick injury claims, so you can rest assured you’re in safe hands when making a claim.

To speak to a lawyer about your injury, contact us now on 0800 054 6570 or fill in your details in our online enquiry form and let us know a convenient time to call you back.

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What is a Needlestick Injury?

A needlestick injury, also known as a sharp injury, is the broad term used to describe injuries caused by the skin accidentally being pierced by a sharp instrument or object, such as a needle. They are usually caused by needles that have not been disposed of appropriately.

Who is at Risk?

Due to the nature of their job, healthcare workers, such as doctors, nurses and dentists, are the most likely group to sustain an injury from a needle or other instrument. However, anyone who works with or regularly uses needles may also be at risk. Examples include:

  • Cleaners
  • Waste disposal operatives
  • Police officers
  • Prison officers

Regardless of your profession, if you have suffered due to somebody else’s negligence, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Types of Injury

Injuries caused by needles and other sharp items can vary in severity, and you could be left with an illness that drastically changes your life. As well as suffering from piercing injuries, including bleeding, swelling and tenderness, there is also a possibility of infection and, in some cases, contracting a virus, such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or even HIV.

These viruses are often incurable, meaning victims may need to take medicine for most, if not the rest, of their life. Pursuing a claim for compensation if you’ve been injured is vital, as the funds you receive will ensure you are able to pay for medical care and assistance you may require.

What to Do If You Are Injured

Being accidentally struck by a needle is not only painful, it can also be very upsetting, thanks to concerns around potential exposure to infection and viruses, and contamination from other medical supplies. Therefore, knowing how to treat a needlestick injury is very important. If you have sustained such an injury, following this simple first aid advice will help:

  • Encourage the wound to bleed
  • Wash the wound using soap and water
  • Don’t scrub the wound
  • Don’t suck the wound
  • Dry the wound and cover it with a waterproof dressing

Seeking medical advice should be a priority, and you should visit your nearest A&E department as soon as possible.

Why Choose JMW?

After securing the appropriate medical advice, considering your next move is important. The solicitors at JMW will help you make a claim for compensation if your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. Our lawyers place the care of clients at the centre of every case, ensuring expert advice is always provided. For us, the focus is on removing your stress and making the claim process as straightforward and easy to deal with as possible, so you can focus on making a full recovery while we handle the technical intricacies of your case.

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to seek compensation for your injury. Making a claim will provide that, but can also help to cover other costs that have arisen as a result of your accident, such as any time you’ve had to take off work, unexpected medical expenses or extra care and assistance your loved ones may have given you.

Talk to Us

To speak to a solicitor about making a claim following a needlestick injury, get in touch with us on 0800 054 6570. Alternatively, leave your details in our online enquiry form and we will contact you. 

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