Getting Evidence after a Needle Stick Injury
If you get the right evidence together after a needle stick injury you’re chances of receiving compensation will be much higher
To claim Needle Stick Injury compensation, get in touch with our No Win No Fee Solicitors on freephone 0800 652 0586 or click the “Free Enquiry” button for an immediate call back.
No Win No Fee Needle Stick Injury Claims
100% of our Needle Stick Injury Claims are made on a No Win No Fee basis which means that you do not have to worry about any financial risk at all as if your claim is unsuccessful it will not cost you anything.
Follow these simple tips to gather the necessary evidence
Following a Needle Stick Injury you should:
1 Follow local, national or international protocols
Only 3% of people tend to follow this protocol. This needs to be promoted, more people need to use this protocol in order to protect themselves.
2 First Aid
This could include contaminated needle stick sharp injuries, bite or scratches – to remedy these injuries encourage bleeding, wash with soap and running water. If you have blood and body fluids in your eyes or mouth, flush this out with large amounts of cold water. If you have body fluids or blood on broken skin, encourage bleeding if possible and wash with soap under running water but do not scrub!
Report the incident and discuss with health consultant. It is important to report any sharps injury due to HIV status etc. Definite exposure could lead to HIV infection. Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) should be offered immediately, however, if not this is still worth considering after 3 days exposure. In most cases Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil 245 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg) one tablet twice a day plus Kaletra (lopinavir 200 mg/ritonavir 50 mg) two tablets twice daily. There is also a risk of contracting hepatitis B, people at high riks should be advised to consider Hepatitis B Vaccine.
Following a needle stick injury they will take a blood sample to check for any contracted disease e.g HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C. From these results PEP and antibiotics are started where applicable.
Fill in the accident book and complete the critical event audit. Consider how to prevent future happenings of the same kind.
5 Follow up
Ensure that there are adequate follow ups of both care worker and donor. As the care worker will be at a particular risk and will require urgent medical treatment from the occupational health service. Depending on the individual circumstances the care worker may need sick leave if medication is required and also possibly help with mental health needs.
Chat to our No Win No Fee Solicitors on freephone number 0800 652 0586.
We are able to give you immediate legal representation, rehabilitation and treatment no matter where you are in England, Scotland or Wales. We also provide urgent:
1. Home visits
2. Hospital visits for those who are unable to meet us at home
3. Face to face meeting at one of our private meeting rooms based in most UK cities.
If you think that you have a needle stick injury claim, would like to have a chat about a potential claim or require further information, contact us now.