Needlestick injury and psychological trauma
- August 22, 2012
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If you have a needlestick injury whether it was from a discarded hypodermic, insulin tester or other form of sharp the chances are that, in the absence of infection of by a blood borne virus (BBV) the physical injury will be slight with no more than a spot of blood to indicate the puncture spot.
The mental injury however can be substantial with the injured party suffering stress, anxiety and worry. This is natural and part of the bodies’ reaction to the possibility of harm or infection. The extent of the mental impact varies from person to person and there is no wrong or right way to react. Some may shrug it off as part of the everyday risk of existence whereas others may develop full-blown psychological conditions from adjustment disorder with anxiety and depression through to the more serious condition of post traumatic stress disorder.
The extent of the stress and worry can be made worse by your own personal circumstances; couples and those with children may find relationships are strained due to fear of cross infection and contamination
Whatever degree of stress and worry you suffer is entirely natural and is nothing to be ashamed of and you should seek any medical assistance that you think is appropriate. Ask your doctor or occupational health officer as to what treatment is suitable and available.
If you have suffered mental injury as a result of a needlestick injury then you are entitled to claim compensation and Gartons Solicitors can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
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