Most of us have fallen over at some point in our lives. Most of the time you may simply feel silly, get up quickly and carry on with your day. You may not actually suffer any injuries at all. However in some unfortunate cases people have suffered a pavement fall broken nose because they couldn’t catch themselves before hitting the floor. This is a painful injury and can result in a lot of discomfort and bruising, especially immediately after the injury occurs.
If this has happened to you it is worth finding out how the fall occurred in the first place. Sometimes things just happen and you may simply have tripped or lost your footing with no real reason for it to happen. However, if a paving stone was significantly raised and you tripped over it, this might point to negligence on the part of the local council responsible for maintaining that pavement.
How can a pavement fall broken nose occur?
The most common reason for this to happen is that someone falls over and cannot put their hands out in time to break their fall. As you can imagine, if your face hits the floor first your nose is going to take the brunt of the damage. This will require treatment and a visit to your local accident and emergency department to assess the damage. There may not be much that can be done but it is important to assess what happened and to see whether anything can be done to minimise the damage and to ensure it heals as best it can.
Accident Advice Helpline has certainly spoken to some people who have suffered this most painful of accidents. In some cases we have fought for them to win compensation for the injuries they have suffered. When we have done this we have been able to secure a good sum for them on occasion.
How can you recover from this injury?
Obviously you should take the advice of the medical staff treating you. Painkillers can help reduce the pain levels and an ice pack can help to reduce any swelling that occurs as well. You might also find sitting up slightly in bed for the next few nights will help reduce the pain and the swelling that will be apparent.
In terms of seeking compensation if you think someone else was at fault, the best thing to do is to try taking the 30-second online test Accident Advice Helpline provides. Alternatively a speedy call to us free of charge on 0800 689 0500 is a good move.