The nose is highly sensitive and any injury to it can be extremely painful. In addition to the severe pain, when you suffer a nose injury, there is also a high risk the surrounding areas could also suffer some degree of damage. It is always advisable to get immediate medical treatment for any nose injury so that the doctor can do a thorough check to determine the extent of any internal damage to the nose and its surrounding area.
If your nose injury was the result of somebody else’s negligence, you should contact a personal injury solicitor to explore your right to file a nose injury claim for compensation.
Types Of Nose Injuries
Nose injuries can vary in severity from a mild to very severe, and as such any compensation awarded will typically be higher for more severe injuries.
A mild injury to the nose may result in temporary bruising, swelling and pain.
A severe nose injury such as a badly broken nose is often accompanied by a lot of bleeding and pain. It can be difficult to determine the exact nature of severe nose injuries or the extent of the damage as most of it is internal. A doctor will often need an X-Ray or even more CT scan to identify the location, type and extent of the injury to the entire area. Treating a serious nose injury may involve extensive surgery, especially in the case of a displaced fracture where the nose is broken and out of shape.
In more severe cases, a nose injury could even result in facial disfigurement or permanent nerve damage leading to loss of smell.
However severe the injury to your nose is, if it was due to the negligence of somebody else you could be eligible to claim compensation.
Can You Claim Compensation For A Nose Injury?
You can claim compensation for your nose injury if it was caused in a no-fault accident. This refers to any type of accident that was caused because of somebody else’s fault, not your own.
These are some common circumstances in which you may be eligible to claim compensation for your nose injury:
Slip, Trip And Fall Injuries
You may be entitled to file a claim if you slip, trip or fall and injure your nose because of negligence. This could include slipping and falling on a wet floor because there were no warning signs or tripping over a broken pavement that the local authority has failed to repair even though they knew the hazard was there.
You might also be eligible to file a claim for compensation if you are involved in a no-fault road traffic accident in which your nose is injured. This is applicable regardless of the exact type of road accident. You could claim whether you are injured in a car accident, public transport accident, cycling accident or a as a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident.
The exact type of circumstances under which you can claim for a work accident causing a nose injury will depend on the nature of the workplace. In an office environment, a nose injury may be caused by tripping over an obstacle lying careless in the walkway or cables strewn loosely around on the floor. In other workplaces, a nose injury may be caused by faulty equipment, slipping on wet flooring, or a fall from great height.
If you sustained a nose injury in an assault, you could consider claiming compensation for the injury. It doesn’t matter where the assault took place or who assaulted you, whether it was a known colleague at your workplace or a stranger on the street. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) oversees all assault claims. If you meet their specifications, you may receive compensation even if your assailant was not caught by the police.
While you may not be compensated if your nose was injured on the field in the middle of play, you may have grounds to claim if the injury resulted from negligence on the part of the sports facility, a referee, coach, ground staff or any other player, to name a few.
How Much Compensation For A Nose Injury?
The severity of your nose injury and the level of pain and suffering it has caused will be the primary factor in determining how much compensation you might be awarded. As an example, we have listed below how much compensation for a broken nose can vary up to around £21,700 due to the injury severity.
- Compensation for simple undisplaced nose fractures and full recovery £1,600 to £2,370.
- Displaced nose fractures without a need for surgery £2,370 to £2,960.
- Displaced nose fractures with complete recovery following surgery £3,710 to £4,790.
- Compensation for serious/multiple nose fractures that may have left permanent damage or required a number of operations to repair £9,990 to £21,700.
It should be noted that these typical payouts for a fractured nose are for general damages (pain and suffering) and do not include special damages (expenses). A more detailed explanation on the difference between general damages and special damages can be found here. If you would like a solicitor to calculate what compensation you may be due in total then please contact us today to arrange a free telephone consultation.
Making A Nose Injury Compensation Claim
Without expert legal help, determining whether or not you have a nose injury claim can be challenging. If you believe your nose injury was due to somebody else’s negligence then you should contact a personal injury solicitor for a free consultation. During this consultation, the solicitor will ask various questions to help them assess the merits of your nose injury claim.
If you don’t have a strong case, the solicitor may advise you not to proceed with filing a compensation claim. However, if you do have a strong case, the personal injury solicitor may offer to represent you out on the basis of a special type of agreement called a No Win No Fee agreement. This basically means that the solicitor agrees to represent you without asking for any upfront or on-going fees.
According to the terms of a No Win No Fee agreement, the solicitor will in essence fund your nose injury claim from start to end, only requiring payment once compensation has been awarded. The No Win No Fee agreement will state clearly how much you are liable to pay. Usually this is calculated and agreed as a percentage of the compensation awarded to you, and is simply deducted from the compensation once it has been paid. If your claim is unsuccessful, you do not have to pay the solicitor anything. However, as legal agreements can differ it is advisable to ask questions if you have any doubts at all about what you will be charged for.
The time limit for filing a nose injury claim is typically 3 years from the date of the accident, although in some cases it may vary. If you feel you may be entitled to compensation for your nose injury, it is advisable to get in touch with a personal injury solicitor at the earliest so that they have time to put together a strong nose injury claim on your behalf before the 3-year deadline.