Nose injuries are fairly common and can be sustained in a variety of different accidents. They can be quite painful, distressing and discomforting. In some cases, a broken nose could lead to permanent disfigurement. If you’ve suffered a nose injury through no fault of your own, we could help you to make a nose injury compensation claim.
You can speak with one of our specialists if you have any questions about nose injury claims. Firstly, they’ll assess your claim with you and then they’ll give free legal advice about what to do next. If you decide to go ahead with a nose injury claim and one of our personal injury lawyers agrees to help, you’ll receive representation on a No Win, No Fee basis meaning you will only need to pay legal fees if you receive compensation.
To learn more about nose injury compensation claims, please read on. Alternatively, to discuss your case with us today, please call 0800 652 1345.
Types of nose injuries you could claim compensation for
Some of the most common nasal injuries that could lead to a compensation claim include:
- A broken nose. Fractures of the nasal bones can lead to a crooked nose and may require manipulation under an anaesthetic by a doctor after any swelling has reduced.
- Nasal laceration. A nasal laceration is a cut or tear in the skin of the nose and can cause temporary or permanent scarring.
- Nasal dislocation. Nasal dislocation happens when the bones in the nose are pushed out of their normal position. It can result in a crooked or misshapen nose and may cause breathing difficulties.
- Septal haematoma. Where a collection of blood forms in the nose. This can increase the risk of cartilage damage, abscess formation or aseptic necrosis.
- Severe nose bleeds. While nose bleeds occur quite regularly following an accident, nose bleeds that won’t stop on their own may require medical intervention.
Whether your nose injury is listed here or not, please get in touch if you’d like to discuss your options.
Can I claim compensation for a nose injury?
In personal injury claims, you will need to prove that you were owed a legal duty of care by the defendant. This isn’t as difficult as it might sound because, generally, a duty of care will exist while you’re working, using the roads, in public places and in many other situations. We’ll check this for you as part of our free consultation.
The main criteria our personal injury solicitors will check before taking on nose injury compensation claims are:
- Did the defendant breach their duty of care through a negligent act?
- Did an accident occur as a result?
- Did you injure your nose in that accident?
If you can answer yes to all 3 questions, you might be entitled to claim compensation for your suffering. Of course, you’ll need proof to show that all 3 points are true so we’ll explain what information could be used to support your case.
Common accidents that cause nose injuries
As described earlier, nose injury compensation claims might be possible if your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. For example, you could claim for nose injuries sustained in:
- Road Traffic Accidents. Drivers and passengers involved in an RTA can often sustain nasal damage if their head strikes a seat, the dashboard or even an airbag. Pedestrians and cyclists are also prone to nose injuries if they are hit by a vehicle.
- Slips and trips. Although you would usually put your hand out to break your fall, hitting your head on a hard surface could easily lead to a broken nose.
- Sporting incidents. There will always be a risk of a head or nose injury when playing contact sports and you probably wouldn’t be able to claim compensation for those types of incidents. However, if your nose was injured because of broken equipment or an unsafe playing surface, a sports injury compensation claim might be possible.
- Physical assaults. Fights, altercations, or assaults can cause nose injuries. Punches, kicks, or other types of physical contact with the nose can result in fractures, dislocations, or lacerations.
- Accidents at work. In the workplace, your employer needs to take preventative measures to try and keep you safe. As such, if you broke or injured your nose at work because of a lack of PPE, broken machinery or a generally unsafe working environment, you could be entitled to claim.
- Medical negligence. If your nose was avoidably injured during cosmetic treatment such as a botched nose job, you may be entitled to claim for any subsequent suffering.
We are happy to review your claim on a no-obligation basis. So, whatever type of accident you’ve been involved in, please get in touch if you believe you should be compensated.
Can I claim compensation for a broken nose from an assault?
Unfortunately, criminal assaults are probably one of the most common causes of broken noses and other nose injuries. Generally, though, criminal assaults will not lead to personal injury claims.
However, you could still be compensated for your suffering by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
To be eligible, you must have reported the incident to the police and you must start your claim within 2 years of the incident occurring. You cannot claim through the CICA if your actions incited the individual to assault you.
Importantly, you could still be compensated even if you don’t know your attacker and the police failed to identify, charge or prosecute them.
Please get in touch to find out more or read our guide on how to claim criminal injury compensation.
How much compensation for a nose injury?
Personal injury claims can help you to recover from any physical, psychological or monetary problems caused by an accident that was not your fault. However, as you can only make a single claim for the same nose injury, you must ensure that all of your suffering has been considered before the claim is settled.
Each case is unique but nose injury compensation could consist of elements covering:
- Your physical pain, discomfort and suffering caused by the nose injury.
- Embarrassment, distress or other forms of psychiatric harm.
- The income you’ve lost or might lose in the future because of your injuries.
- Any impact your nose injury has on your usual family and social activities.
- Medical expenses including private plastic surgery or remedial treatment.
- The cost of a carer if needed.
- Fuel, parking or public transport costs linked to your nose injury or treatment.
- The cost of replacing items damaged during the accident (spectacles, jewellery etc).
To help determine how much compensation you should be awarded for your nose injury, your solicitor will arrange for you to meet with an independent medical specialist.
During the meeting, they’ll try to understand how you’ve suffered by discussing your injury with you and examining it. The report they provide to your solicitor and the defendant will be used to calculate a settlement figure if your claim is successful.
Nose injury compensation amounts
The guidelines for nose injury compensation amounts are as follows:
- Compensation of £10,640 – £23,130 for multiple or serious fractures.
- Compensation of £3,950 – £5,100 for a displaced fracture where there is a complete recovery but surgery was needed.
- Compensation of £2,520 – £3,150 for a displaced fracture as above but nothing more than manipulation was needed.
- Compensation of £1,710 – £2,520 for a simple undisplaced fracture.
The process of putting a value on your nose injury compensation claim is important because, as mentioned earlier, once you have agreed and accepted a settlement offer there’s no going back.
Providing proof for nose injury compensation claims
Most nose injury claims are handled by insurance companies. They usually don’t just dish out compensation unless there is very strong proof to support the claim. If you work with one of our solicitors, they’ll try to collect as much proof as is needed to clearly and concisely prove why you should be compensated. This may include:
- Photographs. Before and after photos of your nose can help to prove the extent of your injury. Also, photographs taken in the aftermath of the accident can help to prove what happened.
- Medical records. Your solicitor will look to secure copies of any medical notes and x-rays to prove how you’ve suffered. These will be requested on your behalf from the hospital or minor injuries unit that treated you.
- Witness statements. If you provide contact details for anyone else who saw your accident, your solicitor may contact them for a statement if there’s any confusion about how the accident occurred.
- Accident reports. If you injured your nose at work in a public place, you should report the accident. A copy of an accident report form (a legal requirement) will make it easier to confirm where and when you were injured.
- Video footage. Videos recorded by a CCTV camera, dashcam or mobile phone can all make it easier to prove how you injured your nose. As such, if you believe your accident was recorded, ask for a copy of any relevant data.
When you call for a free consultation, please let us know about any relevant information you’ve already secured as this could improve your chances of being compensated.
No Win, No Fee nose injury claims
In our experience, personal injury claims are easier if you’ve got a specialist solicitor working for you. We believe that working with one of our solicitors could also result in a higher compensation payout if the claim is won.
Using a No Win, No Fee solicitor for a nose injury compensation claim means that:
- You won’t be asked to pay legal fees upfront.
- If the claim is lost, you don’t pay for your solicitor’s work at all.
- Should the claim be won, a success fee will be deducted from your compensation.
The success fee is legally capped at 25 percent of any damages you’re awarded. The amount you’ll pay will be detailed in your Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) that your solicitor will send before starting work on your claim.
Once you’ve signed the CFA, your solicitor’s main goals are to:
- Get to work right away and begin collecting proof.
- File the nose injury claim with the defendant.
- Deal with the defendant’s legal representatives so you don’t have to speak to them.
- Send you regular updates about how the claim is progressing.
- Negotiate and fight your corner and try to secure the compensation you deserve.
To check if you could be represented by a No Win, No Fee solicitor from our panel, please call today to discuss your options.
Nose injury claim time limits
Whether you’re claiming for a broken nose sustained in a car crash or a botched nose job, a 3-year time limit will apply. In most cases, this will start on the date your nose was injured.
So that your claim doesn’t become statute-barred, it’s a good idea to contact us about your claim as soon as possible. Starting your claim early will make it easier for your solicitor to find the proof needed to support your claim. In turn, an early start will mean you’ll receive your compensation sooner if the claim is successful.
An exception to the 3-year rule applies if you’re claiming on behalf of a child. In these circumstances, the time limit doesn’t start until the child becomes 18 years of age but you can claim any point before their 18th birthday.
Start a nose injury compensation claim today
We can help if you’ve decided that you’d like to be compensated for a nose injury. One quick call to 0800 652 1345 is all it will take to start the ball rolling. You’ll be offered free legal advice and could be partnered with one of our personal injury solicitors if your claim is strong enough.
If your claim is accepted, your solicitor will handle everything on a No Win, No Fee basis. As such, you won’t need to pay for any of their work unless you are awarded compensation.
If you’d rather discuss nose injury compensation claims online, please feel free to use our live chat service.