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£10,000 Compensation For A Needlestick Injury

By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 24th July 2023. The panel of specialist solicitors who work with Legal Expert helping clients across the country are experienced in pursuing personal injury claim cases, such as people who have had a syringe needle infection, or other similar injuries. Our no win no fee solicitors can help people to recover the damages that they owed. Many of the solicitors we work with have years or even decades of experience in successfully pursuing personal injury cases, such as the syringe needle infection compensation case as described in this study.

Syringe Needle InfectionIn this case study, we look at a personal injury case where a 32-year-old woman was awarded £10,000 for a syringe needle infection after being pricked with a needle which could have potentially infected her with a serious disease. The details and circumstances of the claim and injury have been adapted to protect the identity of the claimant. The main injuries that the claimant suffered were trauma, stress, and post-traumatic stress disorder. At the time of the accident, the claimant was an ambulance technician and was carrying out her duties at a person’s home. Whilst assisting the patient and taking out some bins, she suffered a syringe needle infection.

At Legal Expert, we have helped claimants from across the country who have had injuries, such as a syringe needle infection to claim the compensation that they deserve. You can find out more about the circumstances of this case, as well as the injuries the claimant sustained by reading the details in our case study below.

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What Is A Needlestick Injury?

A needlestick injury can be caused in a variety of ways and some professions, such as medical professionals and those working moving bins or refuse may be more likely to suffer from them. A syringe needle infection can be caused by a needle stick injury. Professions more likely to include a danger of syringe needle infections include;

  • Medical professionals
  • Laboratory workers
  • The police, as well as prison workers and customs workers.
  • Social and funeral staff.
  • People working on building sites

A needle scratch injury is caused by the skin being broken or punctured in some way by a hypodermic needle. They can be caused either deliberately, or on purpose. Whilst the physical injury itself may cause some symptoms such as bleeding or swelling in the affected area, the most serious concern is the possibility for blood or other infected materials entering the victim’s body and bloodstream. Someone who has suffered a needle scratch injury will be concerned that they may have acquired a syringe needle infection.

If you are worried that you may have a syringe needle infection, the first question you may ask is what kind of diseases can you get from sharing needles? Infections which can be transmitted via a used needle include;

  • HIV, human immunodeficiency virus.
  • Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
  • CMV, cytomegalovirus
  • EBV, Epstein-Barr virus

The Needlestick Injury

In this case, the claimant worked as an ambulance technician, a profession highlighted as being more at risk of infection. She was tasked to visit a patient at their home after they had collapsed. Whilst at the patient, she was carrying out tasks and was placing items in a bin provided by the ambulance service. As she did so she suffered a needle scratch injury due to the defective nature of the bin provided. Her finger was cut and she was, understandably, worried that she could have acquired an infection. After the injury, the claimants’ colleague informed her that the patient was HIV positive. This is one of the viruses which can be passed in syringe needle infection cases. The claimant was taken back to the hospital she was based at and was examined by a senior consultant for signs of needle infection symptoms. As a direct result of the syringe needle infection, she was informed that she now had a 1 in 300 chance of later contracting AIDS.

The claimant was prescribed a course of 18 tablets per day for a month. The medication had a deleterious effect on her. She suffered a variety of side effects which caused her to be admitted to hospital on at least one occasion. She also had to take three weeks off work. The side effects also seriously affected her home life and during the treatment, the claimant was unable to kiss either her small children or partner. The side effects from the potential syringe needle infection lasted for six months. She suffered from stress, lack of sleep and needed to be prescribed antidepressant medication to help alleviate her symptoms.

After six months, she had a blood test which revealed that she had no infection from needle injection and was clear of both Aids and HIV.

The Allegation For Syringe Needle Infection Compensation

The syringe needle infection compensation allegation was for psychological issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder. The claimant was assessed by a medical expert. They concluded that the psychological issues should be resolved in around fifteen months, but that the claimant would be vulnerable to additional stress for up to five years.

Solicitors for the claimant held that the Ambulance Service was responsible for the injuries, having provided a defective bin and not carried out an adequate needle stick injury risk assessment.

Compensation for Syringe Needle Infection

Whilst the claimants’ solicitors were able to establish that the injury was caused as a result of the defective equipment when the Ambulance Service was served with the compensation claim, they denied liability. As such, the case had to go to court. The judge found in favour of the claimant and she was awarded a total of £10,000 in syringe needle infection compensation. The compensation was awarded for the pain and suffering she felt, as well as the loss of amenity that she had during the six month waiting period.

How Much Compensation Could I Receive In A Needlestick Injury Claim?

If you make a successful needlestick injury claim, your settlement may consist of general and special damages.

General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering you have experienced due to your needlestick injury. Legal professionals may use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) for guidance when they are valuing this head of claim. The JCG provides guideline compensation brackets for different types of harm.

In the table below, we have provided some figures taken from the 16th edition of the JCG. Please only refer to them as a guide.

Type of harm Notes Compensation Bracket
Moderately Severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) The claimant has difficulty functioning at the same level as before the trauma, affecting all areas of their life. However, unlike in more severe cases, there is a chance of some recovery with professional help. £23,150 to £59,860
Moderate PTSD In this bracket, the injured party will have some continuing effects that are not grossly disabling, but have largely recovered. £8,180 to £23,150
Non-Traumatic Injury to the Digestive System (i) The symptoms of severe toxicosis have a significant impact on the claimant’s ability to work and get enjoyment out of life. £38,430 to £52,500
Non-Traumatic Injury to the Digestive System (ii) The claimant suffers serious but short-lived symptoms that diminish over 2-4 weeks but some discomfort may continue for a few years. £9,540 to £19,200
Less Severe Brain Injury Although the claimant has made a good recovery, not all normal functioning has been restored, such as persisting problems with memory or mood. £15,320 to £43,060
Impairments to Taste and Smell (b) The claimant experiences the total loss of their sense of smell with a significant loss of taste. £32,900 to £39,170
Moderate Psychological Damage In this bracket, the claimant has suffered problems coping with their lifestyle and relationships. However, improvements have occurred and the prognosis is good. £5,860 to £19,070
Less Severe Psychological Damage The award considers how long the disability lasted and the impact it had on daily activities and sleep. £1,540 to £5,860
Moderate Thumb Injuries The claimant will have sensation and function impairments from nerve or tendon damage. £9,670 to £12,590
Dermatitis (c) The claimant has experienced itching, irritation and/or rashes that resolved within a few months with treatment. £1,710 to £3,950

Special Damages

Special damages aim to compensate you for the financial losses you have suffered due to your needlestick injury. Some examples of the losses you might be able to recover under special damages include:

  • A loss of earnings, both past and future.
  • Essential travel costs, such as taxi fares to medical appointments.
  • Medical expenses, such as therapy costs or prescription costs.

When making a claim for special damages, you will need to submit evidence of these losses. A copy of your bank statements, payslips and invoices could be used as proof.

If you would like a free, personalised valuation of your claim, please get in touch with one of the advisors from our team. They can also help with any questions you may have, such as “What is the average payout for needlestick injury?”

Making A No Win No Fee Claim With Legal Expert

Taking legal action of any type can be costly, both financially and in the time a case can take. No win no fee contracts were designed to make sure that people who need to make personal injury claims are able to do so without worrying about having to make an upfront payment towards the cost of their legal fees or ancillary costs. They are designed to help people who may not have the funds to have undertaken legal action if they had to pay upfront costs.

A Conditional Fee Agreement (or simply a CFA) is more commonly known as a no win no fee contract. They are an agreement or type of contract between the solicitors firm and the claimant under which the solicitors’ services are provided. No win no fee contracts were created to make sure that access to legal services and compensation claims are not restricted to people who can afford large upfront fees and costs. No win no fee solicitors will work on behalf of the client without asking for initial payments or fees. If the solicitors are not able to recover any compensation on behalf of the claimant, then the claimant will not have to pay anything. There are no hidden costs or small prints in these contracts.

At Legal Expert, we are able to offer claimants a no win no fee service. If the solicitor we match you with is successful in pursuing your compensation claim, you will need to pay for your solicitors’ services. The amount you will be charged is calculated and charged as a percentage of the compensation awarded to you. How this fee will be calculated is set out in your Conditional Fee Agreement.

Contact Legal Expert

Contact the team at Legal Expert today and let our specialist legal solicitors start helping you to win the compensation that you deserve. Our professionals can start processing your claim for physical and psychological injuries caused as a result of a syringe needle infection. You can contact Legal Expert by emailing our team at You can also speak to us directly by calling 0800 073 8804. You can also reach our team by using our online contact form or chat feature.

Useful Links

What Infections Can Used Needles Pass On?
Find out how long can diseases live on a needle and what to do if pricked by a used needle in this guide to needle injuries from the NHS.

Needle stick injury risk assessment
Find out how to conduct adequate risk assessments for needles and sharpes injuries with this guide and resources from the Health and Safety Executive.

How Much Compensation For A Needle Stick Injury?
Find out how much compensation you could be entitled to after suffering a needle stick injury in the workplace or other places with our guide to needle stick injury compensation claims.

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