According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 800,000 needle stick injuries each year. The long-term effects of these injuries can be fatal if exposed to an infectious disease. The most common needle injuries occur from:
- Hypodermic needles;
- Blood collection needles; and
Intravenous (IV) needles.
These needle sticks will transmit bodily fluids, such as blood from one person to another. A patient may then be infected with a serious or sometimes fatal condition, including:
- Hepatitis B;
- Hepatitis C;
- Tuberculosis (TB);
- Herpes Simplex;
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV); and
- Syphilis, among others.
Oftentimes, these incidents occur in doctor’s offices, labs, walk-in clinics, and even hospitals. These incidents happen because of carelessness, distractions, improper training, medical error, or negligence. If you or a loved one was a victim of a needle stick injury, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in order to receive the compensation that the law provides. A medical malpractice claim asserts that a clinician failed to adhere to the generally acceptable standard of care that a reasonably prudent clinician under similar circumstances would have adhered to and as a result, the patient suffered injuries. A plaintiff may be able to recover damages for some of the following:
- Medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Lost wages, among others.
In addition, the CDC has reported that nurses have one of the most dangerous jobs in the healthcare industry. Furthermore, nurses have the highest risk of being a victim of a needle stick. While nurses are not permitted to sue their employer for work-related injuries, he or she may file a workers’ compensation claim to receive compensation from their employer for injuries sustained as a direct result of their job. To receive workers’ compensation benefits, an injured employee does not need to show that an employer was negligent. These benefits may include, covering the cost of medical bills as well as some reimbursement for lost wages as a result of the workplace injury.
If you or someone you love has been a victim of a needle stick, either as a patient or as a worker, it is important to contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation attorney. The attorneys at the Rinaldo Law Group are skilled personal injury, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation lawyers, who will fight for the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today at 908-352-2500 to schedule a free initial consultation.