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Needlestick Injury Claims

If you’ve suffered a needlestick injury, we’re here to get the compensation they deserve.
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Have you suffered as a result of a Needlestick injury?

Needlestick injury compensation may be available if your skin has been pierced by a needle in an accident that was not your fault. Needlestick injury compensation may also be available in relation to injuries caused by other ‘sharps’, such as scalpels or lancets.

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If you believe that you may be entitled to make a needlestick injury compensation claim, it is worth speaking to our expert team of personal injury solicitors today. Remember, we offer a FREE no-obligation consultation, which allows you to discuss the key details of your case and receive expert legal guidance on how to approach your claim. You can also explore the links to the right of this section covering key questions around your claim.

Where are you most at risk of a needlestick injury?

Depending on the nature of your duties in the workplace, you may be at increased risk of coming into contact with skin piercing objects. However, even in public places there may be a significant risk of a needlestick injury or sharps injury, with some of the most common places with increased risk of leading to a needlestick injury compensation claim including:

  • Parks
  • Beaches
  • Public toilets
  • Public transport
  • Night clubs & bars
  • Workplace

It is also worth considering that you may be at increased risk of suffering a needlestick injury if you work in any of the following professions:

  • Dentists
  • Paramedics
  • Tattoo artists
  • Waste collectors
  • Doctors & nursing staff

What type of needlestick injuries can you claim for?

A needlestick injury will typically involve localised pain and swelling, with the possibility to make a needlestick injury compensation claim for this type of injury. However, a major additional concern is potentially contracting a blood-borne virus. There are three major blood-borne pathogens associated with needlestick injuries:

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Hepatitis B:

  • Transmitted through some bodily fluids, including blood
  • The virus may continue to live outside the host body for up to a week
  • Long term, the virus is linked to diseases of the liver (including liver cirrhosis)

Hepatitis C:

  • Transmitted through some bodily fluids, including blood
  • The virus can survive outside the host body for between 16 hours and 4 days
  • Symptoms include tiredness, muscle pain, and liver inflammation or liver damage

HIV:

  • Transmitted through some bodily fluids, including blood
  • The virus is not capable of surviving for a significant period outside the host body
  • HIV destroys the immune system over 9-11 years (at this point, HIV becomes AIDS)

What is the needlestick injury claim time limit?

We advise speaking to us as soon as you believe that you may be entitled to personal injury compensation related to a needlestick injury. Any cause for delay in beginning your needlestick injury claim may be taken into account regarding your personal injury claim time limit.

There is a general time limit of three years from when you became aware of the injury in both personal injury and medical negligence claims, but for further information, you can see our ‘personal injury claim time limit’ page or contact our legal team today for instant answers and peace of mind.

Can I claim for ongoing medical care?

If you have suffered a needlestick injury, you could be entitled to needlestick injury compensation for the original injury incurred. Depending on your circumstances, we may also be able to provide access to expert medical care as part of your claim.

Here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors, we can offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation to discuss the details of any possible needlestick injury compensation claim. This will allow you to discuss the key details of your case, any possible evidence you may need to obtain, and your range of current legal options. Discover today how we could help you by calling 0800 888 6888 emailing info@hampsonhughes.com or messaging us via social media.

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