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Broken nose vs bruised nose, how to tell the difference


If you think you have may have broken your nose in an accident, it can often be difficult to tell the difference between a broken nose vs bruised nose. One of the most obvious symptoms of a broken nose is that it will feel very tender to the touch. It may even make a crunching noise when you touch it, and you may experience difficulty breathing out of your nose due to swelling. Sometimes a broken nose may look deformed, but this isn’t always a reliable indicator that your nose is broken, as it can be broken and still be straight. If your nose is swollen, red and painful, you can try self-care at home, such as placing an ice pack on it to reduce swelling and taking over-the-counter painkillers.

If symptoms don’t subside within a couple of days, you may wish to go to A&E if you think your nose is broken. If your nose is crooked, it’s a good idea to go to A&E as soon as possible, as they will be able to carry out a realignment within 14 days of your accident.


Broken nose vs bruised nose – which can I claim compensation for?

If you have had to seek medical attention for your injuries, you should be able to claim personal injury compensation, provided somebody else was liable for your accident. Even if you have just suffered a bruised nose and your face is swollen, you may be in pain and need to take time off work to rest after your accident. If you have sought medical advice, Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make a personal injury claim. It’s important to remember though that there is a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, regardless of how your accident happened, so it’s worth contacting us as soon as possible after your accident.

If your nose was bruised or broken in a workplace slip, trip or fall, a road traffic accident or even an accident on a building site – there have been cases of workers dropping tools from scaffolding which hit other workers – then you could find you’re eligible to make a no win no fee claim.


Claiming compensation for a broken nose vs bruised nose

Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today by calling us on 0800 689 5659 to find out more about making a claim. We have been helping people claim compensation for over 16 years and during that time we have enjoyed a great rate of success.