What To Do If You Were The Victim of A Resulting Injury or Disease Due to Needle Stick Malpractice
For Victims In The States of Maryland, DC and Virginia
Often malpractice victims have to wait and see after a needle stick injury. While many people will not contract a disease, they are in danger of getting potentially fatal diseases from blood borne pathogens including:
- Hepatitis (including Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV))
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (which can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS))
- Spotted Fever
According to the Center for Disease control about 600,000 to 800,000 needle stick injuries occur in the health care industry each year. These injuries are induced by hypodermic needles, blood collection needles, intravenous (IV) stylets, and needles used to connect parts of IV delivery systems.
More than 8 million health care workers in the United States work in hospitals and other health care settings. According to Center for Disease Control data, the number of needle stick 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 from these pathogens are potentially life threatening and is particularly severe when the injury involves exposure to HIV. The exposure can be quite frightening to a health care professional.
If you or a loved one has suffered a needle stick injury or disease, call the needle stick lawyers at Greenberg & Bederman at 301-589-2200 or toll free 800-800-1144. You may also simply fill out our free legal consultation form below.
The initial needlestick malpractice consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your malpractice case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. A lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations so please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.
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