Q Are Needlestick Injuries Covered by NJ Workers' Comp?
Every day at work, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare workers are put at risk for serious NJ needlestick injuries. These injuries, also called sharps injuries, happen when a contaminated needle, syringe, or other sharp object breaks the skin. By coming in contact with these objects, healthcare workers may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids. This can lead to infectious diseases and blood-borne viruses like HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.
If you have a needlestick or sharps injury, you should immediately report it to your supervisor. After the wound is cleaned and sterilized, you will need to take blood tests that determine whether or not you were infected. If your job led to your NJ sharps injury, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. This means your employer is required to pay for your follow-up testing, medical care, and missed time at work.
It's a good idea to contact a Morristown workers' comp lawyer to make sure you get all of the benefits you are entitled to. Manfred Ricciardelli has 20 years of experience protecting the rights of injured NJ workers. He will help you gather evidence for your case and make the right decisions at the right time.
We invite you to schedule a free, one-on-one consultation at our office to discuss your case. To get started, contact us today at 973-285-1100. Feel free to also download our FREE e-book: What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers' Comp Guide.