How much is a needlestick injury claim worth?
If you have suffered a needlestick injury at work, your claim could be worth several thousands of pounds. Find out how much your claim might be worth with our 30-second claims calculator or call one of our friendly advisors on 0800 175 7900.
Will I have to pay to claim needlestick injury compensation?
Absolutely not. We offer No Win No Fee injury compensation claims to around 98% of our customers. So you won't have to pay Claims Direct any money up front, as we will only get a fee when we win you rightful compensation, to make sure you are never left out of pocket by making a claim for a needlestick injury.
Will I have to go to court for a needlestick compensation claim?
The majority of needlestick injury claims are settled between your lawyers and the 'at fault' party's lawyers or insurance company. In fact, you might not even have to come to a lawyer's office if you don't want to. That's because while we have offices conveniently located all over the country, you can start your claim by telephone or post if you prefer.
Will I need a medical for my needlestick compensation claim?
Needlestick injuries can be incredibly serious, so it is always a good idea to have a medical examination after any needlestick injury. If you are a medical professional who has suffered a needlestick injury from a sterile needle, you are probably safe from infection. In all other cases, it is essential to have blood tests to rule out the risk of serious infections from a discarded needle, which can range from hepatitis to HIV. That's why we seek a medical opinion to use as evidence in every needlestick injury compensation claim.
What sort of things can I claim compensation for?
If you have received a needlestick injury at work through no fault of your own, you have the right to be compensated for all of your losses that were caused by the accident. That's why the things you might be able to claim for include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Loss of future income
- Medical expenses
Obviously, needlestick injuries can lead to serious illness and infection as well as pain and distress. That's why it's important to add up all of the losses you might suffer, to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
What sort of needlestick injury can I claim for?
Needlestick injuries happen when someone is accidentally pierced by a hypodermic needle, usually in the workplace. These injuries are distressing, even when they cause relatively little damage to the injured party. That's because, depending on the circumstances of the accident, hypodermic needles can carry a variety of drugs and medications, not to mention serious infections and diseases if they have already been used. Common situations where needlestick injuries happen include:
- In chaotic medical situations: where a medical professional receives an injury from a needle that was meant for a patient
- In treatment rooms, where a used hypodermic needle has been carelessly left lying around instead of being put straight into a 'sharps' bin
Medical situations like these are upsetting for all concerned, but there are worse situations, including:
- When you have received a needlestick injury in the course of your work from a used and discarded hypodermic needle
- When a criminal has used a hypodermic needle as a weapon
So whether you are a medical professional or a police officer, a refuse operative or simply someone who was simply asked to clean up the workplace, if you have suffered a needlestick injury, you need to seek medical attention and legal help right away.
Who's to blame for my needlestick injury?
Your employer has a Duty of Care to make sure that you aren't harmed in the course of your work:
- If you are a medical professional, this means having procedures in place to avoid accidental needlestick injuries
- If you are in any other job where needlestick injuries might happen, this means making sure that you have all of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you need to avoid needlestick injuries
If you have suffered a needlestick injury that your employer failed to protect you from, you owe it to yourself to start a No Win No Fee compensation claim today. Talk to one of our friendly advisors now on 0800 175 7900.