Many of us have received a bang to the nose in our lifetime and hopefully the damage wasn’t too severe. The reason that the nose get so many knocks is because, to state the obvious, it is a protuberance – it sticks out. The nose is made up of nasal bones and cartilage and in many cases the cause of a broken nose is not the bone that is broken but the cartilage that is damaged or displaced. Nose injuries can occur for a variety of reasons, 34% are caused by being hit on the nose (either in a fight or as a result of an assault), 28% by being involved in an accident, such as a car accident, tripping or falling, and 23% occurred while playing sports.
Damage to the nose can be broken down into five basic categories;
If the damage to your nose is caused through no fault of your own you may be eligible for compensation.
The amount of compensation you could be entitled to for a nose injury compensation claim depends on a lot of different factors, including the severity of your injury and the effect it has had on your day-to-day life. Other factors include any 'special damages' you may have incurred as a result of your injury e.g. medical expenses, loss of earnings and so on.
In terms of a nose injury, the type of injury you have suffered will play a big part in the compensation payout amount. Particularly whether it is a fractured or broken nose, or if you have suffered a nose cartilage injury.
Broken nose compensation amounts start at approximately £1,300 - £1,925 for fractures with a full recovery, and can go as high as £17,575 for severe or multiple fractures.*
If you are assaulted then you need to report the assault to the police as soon as possible, allowing for necessary medical treatment. You may be entitled to compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This can apply even if the person who assaulted you was not caught by the police or even if the person was caught by the police and no action was taken.
If you sustain a nose injury in a car accident and you are not at fault you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. If you are the passenger in a car in which the driver of that car is at fault, you can also make a claim. If the person who is driving is a friend or loved one, remember it is not that person against whom you are claiming but their insurance company.
If you have a slip, trip or fall and damage your nose as a result of the negligence of someone you have a legitimate claim. For example, if someone is mopping a floor and they have insufficient yellow warning signs then this is negligent and you may make a claim against the company responsible.
If you damage your nose playing sport, even if it is a heavy contact sport such as rugby, you could be entitled to make a claim if the injury was the result of negligence e.g. the claim could be against the referee or other player concerned.
The nose is primarily made up two oblong-shaped nasal bones, the septum (which is the bone and cartilage separating your nostrils, nerve endings (primarily used for your sense of smell), and the nasal airway running all the way from your nose to your lungs.
Nose injury compensation claims tend to be focused on breaks or fractures of the nasal bones, issues caused by the nerves affecting smell and superficial damage (lacerations etc...) to the outside of the nose. If you have had an accident that wasn't your fault and injured your nose, then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. To find out more about how Cute Injury can help, get in touch with us today...
* Information taken from Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases – 13th Edition. Please note that these figures are for guidance only and the compensation that you receive may be outside of these guidelines.
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