Needle Stick Claims
No matter what your reasons are for needing an injection, you trust that you will be taken care of as you are in the hands of medical professionals and that high standards will be upheld at all times.
Doctors, nurses and anaesthetists are highly trained and experienced although things unfortunately can go wrong for one reason or another, and as a result this can cause unnecessary pain and suffering.
It’s important to remember that a needle stick injury can happen if you are a medical professional too. Whether this is due to lack of safety training and correct procedures, just because the accident has occurred in the workplace, this doesn’t mean you’re any less entitled to make a claim.
Let our experienced solicitors help
It can be easy to think that following an accidental injury, you should simply “get on with it”. The truth is that many accidents are unavoidable, especially if this has happened at work. If poor safety measures caused your needle stick injury, you may be entitled to compensation.
If you feel you have been let down, suffered injury, and emotional distress as a result of an accidental, failed, or negligent needle injection, you may have a claim for compensation and other losses.
If you have a possible case for a needle stick injury claim, get in touch with us as soon as possible. We will listen carefully, take full details of what happened, and confirm if you have a potential claim for compensation.
What is a needle stick injury?
A ‘needle stick injury’ is typically caused by the accidental insertion of a medical needle or syringe into the body. Depending on the nature of a needle stick injury, there may be a risk of infection, disease, excessive bruising, or scarring.
Such an injury can also occur during a blood test, insertion of a cannula or injection of medication. Especially if it was carried out in the wrong part of the body or using a poor technique. This can lead to nerve damage, bruising, pain and scarring.
There are inherent risks to undergoing all medical procedures; the risks should be fully explained to you by the doctor and/or nurse practitioner prior to any medical procedure.
What can happen as a result of a needle stick injury?
Suffering a sudden puncture of the skin can be distressing enough although medical needle sticks are particularly dangerous because the equipment could have already been used on someone.
Some of the infections you are potentially at risk of contracting as a result of a needle stick injury are:
- Hepatitis B – According to Public Health England (PHE), the chances of developing hepatitis B following a needle stick injury are 1 in 3.
- Hepatitis C – PHE report that the chances of developing hepatitis C following a needle stick injury are 1 in 30.
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – PHE report that the chances of developing HIV following a needle stick injury are 1 in 300.
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)
If an error has resulted in you contracting any of these infections, contact us to see if you can claim.
Can you claim for needle stick injuries?
If you’ve suffered as a result of a needle stick injury you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Our team of professional medical negligence solicitors will help you through the process, as well as considering the best course of action in pursuing your claim.
Is there a time limit for making needle stick injury claims?
If you are over 18 years old then you will have three years from the date the incident occurred. You could have longer to claim on someone’s behalf if they do not have capacity . If you were under the age of 18 at the time and no claim was made on your behalf by a parent or guardian, you have three years from your 18th birthday to bring a claim .
There are some occasions where time limits are different, so speak to our experienced team today and they will be able to explain this in detail.
How much can I claim for a needle stick injury?
Every claim is different, which is why it’s difficult to give you an exact figure before your dedicated solicitor has started their investigation. As with any medical negligence claim, the value of the claim depends on the complexity, severity and the overall impact it has on your life.
Your solicitor will be able to give you a clearer idea of what your claim is worth when they start handling your claim.
Why trust Been Let Down with your needle stick injury claim?
If you feel as though you’ve been let down and have suffered from a needle stick injury, let our medical negligence solicitors get you the compensation you deserve. If you’re looking for advice about needle stick injury claims, here’s why you should come to us:
- We’re an independent law firm
As an independent firm, we will always have your best interests at heart. Your dedicated solicitor will keep you up to date at every stage of the process, so you’re always in the know about what’s happening with your claim.
- We’re experts in our field
Our team of specialist solicitors know what it takes for a needle stick injury claim to succeed. With us, you can be sure you’re receiving expert advice and guidance at all times.
- We can help you on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis
Our expert medical negligence solicitors can discuss funding options with you further, but most of our cases are run on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. This is also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, or CFA.
- Fully accredited
We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The SRA set the professional standards that solicitors need to adhere to in England and Wales.
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Get in touch with the team today and find out how we can help you with your needle stick injury claim.
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