Broken noses are one of the most common facial injuries, simply because the nose protrudes from the face making it more prone to being bashed and knocked.
In addition to causing severe pain, a broken nose can also lead to permanent facial disfigurement and sensory loss if it is not treated properly. Therefore prompt medical attention is advisable for anyone with a broken nose.
If you have a broken nose through no fault of your own, you could make a claim for compensation.
This article will walk you through the whole broken nose compensation claims process. It will explain your rights, show you how to identify a broken nose, evaluate if you have a valid claim, and more.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Broken Nose?
A broken nose can be suspected or confirmed through a number of symptoms that may manifest after the incident or accident. You should immediately see a doctor if you are experiencing any of the following physical signs following a strike to the nose:
- Your nose is bleeding
- You have difficulty breathing through your nose
- Your nose and eyes are swollen and bruised
- Your nose is misshapen
- You are experiencing pain or stinging in or around your nose
- You have lost your ability to smell
- You hear a crackling or crunching sound whenever you touch your nose
- You notice clear fluid coming from your nose
How Do I Know If I Am Eligible To Claim Broken Nose Compensation?
Your eligibility to file a compensation claim depends on the circumstances surrounding your injury. Someone else needs to have caused the injury either directly or indirectly, due to their negligence or criminal act. The most common situations where a broken nose occurs are listed as follows:
You can claim compensation if your broken nose was caused by an assault. A claim in these circumstance does not depend on the person being charged or where the assault happened.
It does, however, need to be reported to the police within 48 hours of the incident.
Providing it was an unprovoked attack and you meet all the eligibility criteria, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) will ensure you get compensation for your injury. You may make a claim to CICA yourself, or with the assistance of a legal representative.
2 Road Accidents
You are entitled to file a compensation claim if your broken nose was caused by a road traffic accident, providing it was due to someone else’s error/negligence and no fault of yours. This type of claim typically covers road traffic accidents caused by cars, cycling, public transport, or getting hit as a pedestrian.
If your broken nose was caused by sports, your eligibility for compensation will depend on who is responsible for the injury.
This means there may be grounds to file a claim if you can prove it was due to an avoidable error by a coach, referee, ground staff or player, or if the sports facility failed in their duty to keep you safe. You would usually need to prove that their negligence or dangerous disregard for your safety directly caused your injury.
4 Falls, Slips And Trips
You could be eligible to make a claim if you fell, slipped or tripped and got a broken nose due to provable negligence. This negligence could be things like falling down a pothole that your local authority neglected to repair, or slipping on a wet floor in a public place that failed to display warning notices.
5 Workplace Accident
Getting a broken nose in your workplace could make you eligible for compensation, as long as you played no part in the accident.
Also, the nature of your work environment will determine if you can file a claim or not. For instance, if you work in a factory, your injury claim would be different from someone working in an office. Each workplace accident is treated differently.
What Should I Do To Claim Compensation For My Broken Nose Injury? (5 Key Tips)
Contrary to popular opinion, filing a claim for broken nose compensation is relatively easy, just as long as you know the steps involved. They are given as follows:
1 Collate Your Evidence
If the case goes to court, you will need more than just word of mouth to prove that the injury happened. This is where the evidence gathered immediately after the accident will come into play.
Your evidence should include photos of the place you sustained the injury and also pictures of your injury. In addition, you should get contact details and statements from witnesses who were present at the time of the accident.
2 Get Medical Assistance
A broken nose can worsen and cause complications if you don’t get it treated immediately. So, your first port of call should be your GP, or the hospital is the injury is severe. It is during your medical assessment and subsequent treatment that your doctor can determine the extent of your injury. Furthermore, if it is a serious break or you suffer from complications, its effect on your quality of life and long term prognosis can be diagnosed and discussed.
This important information will form part of your medical records, which will have a significant role to play in determining your final compensation amount.
3 Have A Written Account Of The Accident
Another step to claiming compensation is to write down a clear narration of how the accident happened. Your written record should include the location of the accident, the date and the time when the accident occurred.
You can go further to include details of what you were wearing that day or any other specific information that could ultimately help your case. Don’t shy away from details, the more descriptive you are the better. Relying solely on your memory later on is less reliable than giving the solicitor or the court a detailed account of the incident you made at the time.
Treatment of your broken nose will likely require you to spend money on pain relief, whether via prescription costs or over-the-counter. When that occurs, ensure you safely keep all the receipts or invoices for any item you bought to ease the pain of your injury. Also, document any injury related travel expenses you incurred to and from medical facilities. You will get a refund for these expenses when your compensation is calculated.
5 Contact An Experienced Claims Advisor Or Solicitor
In the majority of cases, you are likely to need a lawyer to help you make sense of the process and formally file your claim for compensation. If you do seek legal advice, take along all the evidence, medical records, and receipts you have collated.
Your solicitor will go through all the information and assess how strong your case is. Whoever your choice of a lawyer is, ensure you instruct someone experienced in similar cases, so that you can get the maximum compensation pay-out for your specific case. Most solicitor firms offer no win-no fee arrangements, whereby you will only pay the legal costs if and when you win your case.
What Compensation Can I Claim For a Broken Nose?
Knowing exactly what to claim for is important if you want to be fully compensated for your injury. Compensation is generally split into two categories, as follows:
This covers your broken nose injury, as well as its long-term impact on your life.
It aims to compensate you for the physical pain and suffering endured, any psychological trauma you have experienced and any reduction to your quality of life (called loss of amenity) caused by the injury. These things can be difficult to calculate, so the Judicial College has set out guidelines for what the compensation can be.
This usually covers the financial expenses incurred due to the injury and aims to refund them for you. These include loss of earnings (current and future, if the injury affects your ability to work or return to your previous job), any medical related expenses (such as prescription costs) and any travel expenses incurred (e.g. bus or taxi fares to attend medical appointments etc). This is why you need to keep all receipt and invoices, and document any additional costs you have incurred.
In addition to the above, special damages may also be awarded if there was a requirement for extra care provisions or services, or if there needs to be any adaptation to the victim’s home or car. This last part would not usually be relevant for the majority of broken nose cases, but it could be if the injury was particularly severe and the victim suffered a permanent disability.
How Much Compensation Will I Receive For A Broken Nose?
The compensation amount for broken nose injury is not set in stone, as each case is different. The pay-outs are based on the severity of the injury and the suffering/financial losses it has caused.
The following figures are estimates of what you may receive in compensation, but these should not be interpreted as exact figures, as each case is settled on its own merits.
Minor And Moderate Injuries
If the injury causes a fracture in the nose which heals easily and causes no long term pain, then compensation could be around £1,000 – £2,000. However, if the injury displaces the nasal bones and required treatment at the hospital to set it in place, the compensation is likely to be around £2,000 – £3,000.
If the injury leads to multiple fractures of the nasal bones requiring surgery and causes permanent damage, such as breathing difficulties, damage to tear ducts or nerves, or facial deformity, then compensation could be anywhere from £3,000 – £20,000.
Compensation pay-outs can be even higher than this and reach over £30,000 depending on the severity of the damage caused.
Is There A Time Limit For Filing A Broken Nose Compensation Claim?
Yes, there is. The law gives you a time limit of three years, beginning from the date of the accident, to file your personal injury claim. However, in the case of a child victim, a claim can be made at any time up to their 21st Birthday (i.e. 3-years after they become an adult).
Note: The statutory time limit is less if the injury was caused by a criminal assault and you wish to proceed with a CICA claim. If you choose this route for compensation, the claim must be made to CICA within two years of the assault (not three).
Broken Nose Compensation: Conclusion
A broken nose is a serious injury, that can lead to significant problems. If someone else was responsible for your pain and suffering, consider filing a claim for compensation. Feel free to contact a claims advisor by completing the attached form, for a no-obligation chat and start your journey for the recompense you deserve.