Needlestick and Syringe Injury Claims
If you have been injured by a needlestick, you should contact a lawyer to protect your rights.
Often victims have to wait and see after a needlestick injury. While many people will not contract a disease, they are in danger of getting potentially fatal diseases from bloodborne pathogens including: Hepatitis (including hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), Diphtheria, Typhus, Herpes, Malaria, human immunodeficiency virus HIV, that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), Tuberculosis, Spotted Fever, and Syphilis.
According to the Centers for Disease control about 600,000 and 800,000 Needlestick injuries occur in the health care industry each year. The injuries are caused by needles such as hypodermic needles, blood collection needles, intravenous (IV) stylets, and needles used to connect parts of IV delivery systems. Over 3 billion in health care costs is spent each year treating the victims.
More than 8 million health care workers in the United States work in hospitals and other health care settings. According to Centers for Disease Control data the number of needle stick and other percutaneous injuries among health care workers is growing every year. About half of these injuries are unreported. At an average hospital, workers incur approximately 30 needle stick injuries per 100 beds per year.
Most reported needle stick injuries involve nursing staff; however laboratory staff, physicians, housekeepers, and other health care workers are also at risk. These injuries expose workers to blood borne pathogens such as HBV, HCV, and HIV.
Infections with each of these pathogens are potentially life threatening-and
preventable.This impact is particularly severe when the injury involves
exposure to HIV. In one study of 20 health care workers with an HIV exposure,
11 reported acute severe distress, 7 had persistent moderate distress,
and 6 quit their jobs as a result of the exposure.
Lawyers are currently pursuing possible legal theories against the manufacturers of needles, including products liability theories that safer needles and syringes are not being used because healthcare administrators have colluded with needle manufacturers.
Needle Stick Injuries involve unique factual and legal issues. Few attorneys have experience handling these matters, however legal help is important to protect your rights, and obtain compensation for treatment and the long term consequences of these injuries.
If you have suffered a Needle Stick Injury contact us>>.