Needle Sticks and other sharp objects are a leading cause of serious injuries in hospitals, doctors office and medical clinics. All too often punctured wounds from such sharp objects may become infected with contaminated blood, diseased, and hazardous substances left in the needle. Individuals who are at most risk of such injuries include person working in the healthcare field including doctors, registered nurses, and other hospital staff.
Common blood-borne Pathogens and Disease that Can be Contracted from needlestick accidents include, HIV/Aids Virus, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. However there are hundreds more viruses, bacterial infections and other blood transfused pathogens which can be contracted via needlestick accidents including:
If you or a loved one have suffered a needle puncture injury resulting from the negligence of hospital staff contact the our expert legal team.
Common causes on Needle Stick Injuries:
Some of the most common causes of needle stick injuries are as follows:
- Failure to clean up properly after use of a needle
- Negligent or accidental handling of a needle during use
- Bumping into another person who has a needle in their possession
- Incorrect recapping of the needle
- Punctured while attempting to use the needle
- Punctured while attempting to dispose of the product
- Defective Needle’s or other medical product
There are certain steps which must be taken by hospital staff and physicians clinics in order to reduce the incidences of needle stick injuries and reduce the risk of contracting dangerous diseases if puncture wounds from needles take place. According to the American Nurses Association report called Needlestick Prevention Guide
“Over 80% of needlestick injuries can be prevented with the use of safe needle devices, which, in conjunction with worker education and work practice controls, can reduce injuries by over 90%.
Compensation for your Injuries:
If you have suffered a workplace hospital infection or blood borne disease as resulting from a needlestick injury you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. An evaluation of the amount of damages you may be entitled to will be based on such factors as
- Cost of treatment for your injuries
- Future medical costs including prescription drug costs
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish including Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress
- Loss of income and future loss or reduction of income
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Needlestick Injury Prevention
OSHA – How to Prevent Needlestick Injuries