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Needlestick injuries are a type of injury caused by contaminated or dirty sharp objects, like needles and scalpels, which can cause serious infections. If you have suffered a needlestick injury at work, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the physical and psychological injuries you have suffered. In this article, we will provide you with the necessary information about how to make a claim for needlestick injury compensation and get the compensation you deserve.
A needlestick injury is an injury caused by a contaminated or dirty sharp object, such as a scalpel or needle. In most cases, these injuries are minor. However, if the object has cut the skin of another person as well, leading to the victim suffering from a blood virus, it can lead to serious infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.
If you have suffered a needlestick injury at work, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the physical and psychological injuries you have suffered. The eligibility criteria for a needle injury claims involve establishing that your employer owed you a legal duty of care, and due to their negligence, that duty was broken, and the claimant sustained needlestick injuries as a result of this.
- Failing to provide any or adequate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Failing to provide the correct or proper training to be able to perform your job and reduce the risk of a needlestick injury occurring.
- Neglecting to implement safety regulations and carrying out risk assessments.
- Failing to dispose of or properly label dangerous and sharp objects.
If you believe you suffered needlestick injuries due to the negligence of someone else, then contact a specialist medical negligence solicitor at Primus Solicitors today to discuss your options.
It is important to gather evidence such as CCTV footage, pictures of the cause of the needle injury and of any visible injuries, and information in a report about your workplace. It is also legally required that employers record and report accidents in the workplace, so it is vital that you provide a copy of this as evidence. Visiting a medical professional for a diagnosis of your injuries is also essential, as the report provided will be useful for gaining compensation for your condition.
The compensation for a needle injury claim is usually split into two types of damages: general damages and special damages. General damages are compensation for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced due to the accident, as well as any loss of amenities. Special damages are compensation for any financial losses such as loss of earnings, medical expenses, and travel expenses. The amount of compensation you can receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and the impact they have had on your life.
Most people have three years to make a compensation claim for a needlestick injury. However, it depends on the individual circumstances of each case and whether the employer you believe was at fault admits responsibility. If the employer does not admit fault, your claim can take longer as there will be a negotiation process, which may lead to having to go to court for a judge to decide. It is important to begin the process as soon as possible if you have been injured by a needlestick.
Hire our specialist immigration lawyers to help you through this process and ensure a successful outcome for your needlestick compensation claim application. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you with your personal injury matter.