Needles are used for a variety of purposes in the medical setting, but in most cases they are used to inject a chemical directly into a patient’s bloodstream, delivering medicine, anesthesia, or vital nutrients through an IV system. Because needles come in direct contact with your blood, they may transmit bacteria or disease if they are not handled correctly. Contaminated needles have the potential to spread infections blood-borne diseases that may have a profoundly negative effect on the patient’s life, so it is absolutely imperative for these medical items to be completely sterilized before use.
Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals have a responsibility to provide a reasonable standard of care to all of the patients they treat. When a needle is not properly sanitized or any other act of negligence ensues, a patient may have a right to bring those reckless individuals to court for medical malpractice. If you have recently contracted a disease or infection from a dirty needle, it would be best to contact an attorney right away to discuss your case and evaluate its viability in court.
The following diseases could be spread from the use of a contaminated needle:
- AIDS (HIV Virus)
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever
- Staph infections
As with any injury, the severity of potential harm depends on which disease is contracted. However, certain diseases such as HIV can have a serious impact on an individuals life, giving them an incurable, life-threatening condition. When this, or any other injury, occurs because of the negligent behavior of a medical professional, swift legal action must be taken. The best way to bring these individuals to justice is by bringing them to court and having them pay for any damages they may have caused as a result of their behavior.