A sharps injury can be serious, even deadly, if contaminated with an infected patient’s blood. Over 20 blood-borne diseases can be transmitted by Texas needlestick injuries, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
The most worrying fact is that these injuries don’t just happen to medical professionals; they can affect any employee who comes into contact with an infected needle. Medical students, visiting professors, lab technicians, volunteers, waste management professionals and laundry service employees are all at risk.
If you work in an area that requires the use of needles or injections, your employer must take reasonable steps to stop these mistakes from happening, such as:
- Training all employees and workers on the safe use of sharps
- Make sure all standard precautions for infection control are in place
- Make sure proper waste disposal procedures (including the use of sharps containers) are followed
- Update equipment (such as needles or sharps containers) as necessary to ensure the safest working environment
- Follow immediate safety protocol after a sharps injury, including minimizing infection with prophylaxis and follow-up treatments
- Provide access to occupational health care and advice
- Record all work-related sharps injuries
- Report all needlestick injuries and infections
If your employer was to blame for your work injury infection in Texas, you shouldn’t have to bear the consequences alone. Our Baytown work injury attorneys can hold your workplace financially accountable for your suffering and get you the compensation you need to heal.
Call Vujasinovic & Beckcom today at (877) 724-7800 to start your FREE consultation, or fill out the quick contact form on the top of this page.