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Needlestick Injury

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by luvjacqueline luvjacqueline (Member) Member

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I got a Needlestick injury yesterday while losing grip of an insulin needle after poking it into the abdomen of one of my patients at an Adult Day Healthcare Center I work at. I live in California. The owner sent me to the doctor and I had a lab drawn to test for HIV, Hep B and Hep C. I did not provide my insurance at the visit. But when I went to the owner, she said that she would only pay for the doctor visit but that I had to use my own insurance to pay for the labs. I only have health insurance under my mom, but it is my understanding that my employer is supposed to cover the cost of the doctor visit and my lab work. My employer does not provide health insurance for me. Where can I find the law that states me right as an employee to not pay for these costs? 

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ocean.baby has 25 years experience and specializes in corrections and LTC.

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A doctor visit without labs is totally worthless. 

OSHA requires the facility to follow the CDC guidelines for post exposure testing.  Every place where I have worked, which is many, it is paid for by worker's compensation.  I do not know how many employees your employer has, or if they pay into worker's comp.  If not, the employer is responsible for the cost of the initial testing and follow-up testing.  Make sure you follow the guidelines for testing - if the facility where you are tested tells you to come back on a certain date, you need to be there on THAT date. 

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