Needles are used in many healthcare facilities to administer nutrients and medications, as well as to draw blood and other fluids from patients. Each time a needle is used, it must be discarded so that it is not reused on another individual.
Unfortunately, errors may occur that allow contaminated needles to be reused, which may spread diseases between patients. If you or someone you love became ill after a healthcare provider used a contaminated needle on you, contact the Wausau medical malpractice lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal rights.
The Dangers of Used Needles
Since needles come into direct contact with an individual's blood, they may spread blood-borne pathogens between individuals when reused. Needles used for recreational drug use, for example, are cited as a large contributor to the spread of HIV.
In hospitals and other medical settings, individuals who receive injections may be infected with diseases that require certain medications or vaccinations. When an individual who does not have a certain disease is accidentally pricked with the same needle used on an individual who does have it, he or she may be infected with the disease.
When an individual suffers an illness after being pricked with a used needle, he or she may be entitled to financial compensation for his or her injuries.
Reusing contaminated needles is a negligent action. If you or your loved one suffered injuries after being injected with a contaminated needle, contact the Wausau medical malpractice attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.