All workers are entitled to be reasonably safe while at work. Suitable training, risk assessments and protective equipment should be in place, preventing needle stick/Sharps injuries in the work place, failing this an employer could be seen to be negligent.
When an employee’s skin is punctured/pierced whilst acting during the course of their employment by a needle/syringe/blade. The skin may be pricked or cut. There may in fact be little by way of physical injury and pain however the psychological impact of the potential for exposure to blood-borne virus such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C can be major.
At Curtis Law our employers and public liability solicitors will provide you with legal representation if such events occur.
Who is at risk?
People who work in health and social care including those that directly handle needles and scalpels. Many other workers could suffer when inadvertently put at risk when sharp object are not stored or disposed of correctly.
- Care workers
- Dental staff
- Council workers
- Refuge collectors
- Hotel workers
Thankfully the chance of developing the full blown disease is rare, however the distress, anxiety and worry of waiting for the results of tests or having treatment/injections to boost immunity to the condition can be traumatic.
Even if the actual injury itself is minor, compensation can be awarded for any psychological reaction. If a Claimant requires counselling/guidance from experts, this may be arranged privately if appropriate.
A claimant can also be reimbursed for any loss of earnings suffered, travel expenses and care and assistance from loved ones.
Contact our Employers and Personal Injury Solicitors
If you would like more information or you are ready to start your claim, call Curtis Law Solicitors free on:
0800 008 7450, mobile friendly 0333 240 0340
Or text "CURTIS" to 82727 and we'll call you straight back.