If you have broken your nose then you’re probably feeling quite sorry for yourself. But the good news is that the majority of broken noses heal at home in a few weeks without medical treatment. If your nose is crooked or if you have an open wound, you may need to seek medical attention, but when else might you need to go to A&E?
- If you have a high temperature
- If your broken nose caused permanent numbness
- If you get nosebleeds that come and go
- If swelling persists after a few days
In all these cases you should go to A&E or see your GP for treatment. It may be that nerves in your nose have been compressed as your nose healed, leading to permanent numbness, but this may be treatable with surgery.
If your broken nose caused permanent numbness, can you claim compensation?
If your broken nose caused permanent numbness, you might be wondering if you’re eligible to make a personal injury claim. It may be that you have suffered a broken nose in a workplace assault (for example if you work as a prison officer) or maybe you have broken your nose after something heavy fell from height (for example, shelves in a warehouse), hitting you in the face. In most cases you will have swelling, bruising and difficult breathing through your nose, but you can use an ice pack to reduce swelling and bruising and take painkillers until your nose is healing nicely.
However, if your nose is numb, either after surgery or after your accident, you might want to seek medical advice. This could become permanent, affecting your self-confidence and your quality of life and you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim if this is the case.
Who caused your broken nose?
It might be that a negligent employer or member of staff in a shop caused your accident, and this means that you could make a claim for personal injury compensation within three years of your accident happening. If somebody else was responsible for your broken nose then you could claim compensation not only for your injuries but also for your loss of earnings if you have taken time off work after your accident. For an idea of what you could be entitled to receive, you can take the 30-second test on our website then give our freephone helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) and find out more about making a 100% no-win, no-fee claim.
Date Published: March 11, 2017
Author: Rob Steen