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Healthcare Workers at Risk for Needlestick, Sharps Injuries


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4/8/2013
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Every day while treating the sick and injured, nurses, physicians and other healthcare workers put themselves at risk for a NJ needlestick injury. Needlestick injuries, or sharps injuries, can happen when a contaminated syringe, needle, or other sharp object penetrates the skin. Contact with these objects may expose healthcare workers to infectious diseases and blood-borne viruses such as:

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Hepatitis B

  • Hepatitis C

If you were stuck with a contaminated needle at work, you should first report the incident to your employer. After the wound has been cleaned and sterilized, you will need to undergo blood tests to determine whether or not you have been infected. After a NJ sharps injury, your employer is required to pay for your follow-up testing, medical bills, and lost time at work.

To make sure you get the compensation you deserve, you may want to contact an experienced NJ workers' comp lawyer. Manfred Ricciardelli will help you gather evidence and make the right decisions for your case. To learn more about your legal rights, we invite you to schedule a free consultation at our office. If you hire us to represent you, you don't pay us unless we win your case.

Call us today at 973-285-1100 or fill out our online contact form to get started. You can also download our FREE e-book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers' Comp Guide.



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