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Needle Stick Malpractice in Rochester and Across the U.S.

Legal News GavelNeedle stick injuries can lead to devastating and long-term harm. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a needle stick injury, you may be eligible for compensation for your injury. After such an injury, it can be hard to know what to do next, but you can rest assured you don’t have to face the situation alone. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our experienced Rochester medical malpractice attorneys understand how to steer these types of claims and can apply our knowledge to your case. Time is of the essence in these cases, so it is important to act quickly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 600,000 to 800,000 needle stick injuries take place in the health care industry every year. Hypodermic needles, blood collection needles, and intravenous needles often cause these injuries. It is important to note that the wound itself is hardly the problem; instead, it is the possibility of exposure to infection and illness. A needle stick can transmit blood-borne pathogens, leading to life-threatening diseases. Needle stick injuries can take place in hospitals, clinics, labs, and private practices. Victims of needle stick malpractice may suffer from a variety of conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Hepatitis B or C
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhus
  • Herpes
  • Malaria
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Spotted Fever
  • Syphilis

If you have been injured due to a needle stick injury in New York, you may be able to recover compensation through a malpractice claim. Medical malpractice takes place when your doctor or another medical professional fails to provide care or treatment that adheres to the generally acceptable standard of care. The generally acceptable standard of care refers to the level of care that another medical professional in the same specialty would have used under the same or similar circumstances. The treatment can fall below the acceptable standard of care due to a mistake, carelessness, or other type of wrongdoing. It is important to note that it is critical not only to show that the medical professional deviated from the standard of care but also that the deviation was a direct and proximate cause of the needle stick injury.

If the plaintiff establishes medical malpractice, he or she may be able to recover a wide range of damages, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Of course, the exact amount of compensation a person will be entitled to obtain will vary based on the specifics of the case.

If you or someone close to you has been injured by a needle stick injury caused by malpractice, we can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our seasoned Rochester medical malpractice lawyers understand how to navigate these types of claims. We understand that dealing with a medical injury can be daunting, but you don’t have to go through the process alone. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns at every step of the way. For a free case evaluation, call our offices at 315-479-9000 or contact us through our website.

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