Whilst most broken noses are fairly minor injuries that will heal at home with self-care, it’s possible that a broken nose can present with complications. If your broken nose caused septum damage, you could be left with a deformed nose that requires surgery to correct it. The septum is the cartilage just below the bridge of the nose, and if you suffer a blow to the face that fractures your nose, it’s possible to suffer a septal haematoma. This occurs when clotted blood pools in the nose and blocks one or both nostrils.
This needs to be surgically drained to prevent damage to the cartilage, a collapsed nose or breathing difficulties. Breaking your nose could also results in fracturing and deviation of the septum, which can lead to nasal dysfunction or a disfigured nose.
If my broken nose caused septum damage, can I claim compensation?
If your broken nose caused septum damage, it may take longer for you to heal from your injuries, and you may require surgery to correct the damage done to your septum. This may mean taking more time off work or school to recover, which can affect your finances. The good news is that if somebody else caused your accident – for example if you were driving your car and another driver ran a red light and hit your vehicle, causing a collision – then you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Septum damage or a serious fracture causing a crooked nose may need to be fixed with surgery at a later date, which can be a painful and complex procedure. It’s possible that you could be left with a permanently crooked nose that can affect your self-confidence, leading to anxiety and depression. This is something Accident Advice Helpline will take into account when you make a personal injury claim.
What you should do after your accident
Obviously getting the medical treatment you need is your first priority after your accident, but once you are feeling better, we recommend giving Accident Advice Helpline a call. It’s free to call us on 0800 689 0500 (0333 500 0993 from a mobile, charges may apply) and find out if you have a viable personal injury claim. Our advisors are on hand offering confidential, no-obligation advice, and we have over 16 years’ experience handling personal injury claims for broken noses, so you know you can trust us to handle your claim professionally and efficiently.
Date Published: February 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen