When your child is injured in an accident it is a very worrying time as a parent. You want to get them the best treatment possible, but also you want to ensure you are doing everything you can at home to help them get better. If your four-year-old has broken their nose, the treatment at hospital is usually pretty simple, but you will need to keep an eye on them at home to make sure they don’t further injure their noes by bumping their head on things. If you feel that their accident was caused by somebody else then you could make a claim for personal injury compensation, provided it has been three years or less since the accident happened.
Has your four-year-old broken their nose?
Your GP or doctors at the hospital may administer pain medication, as well as medication to prevent bacterial infection and reduce swelling. If blood has pooled in your child’s nose, it may be drained and if their nose is crooked then they may need to undergo a closed reduction, either under local or general anaesthetic. This realigns their nose into the correct position. Has your four-year-old broken their nose more severely? If so, surgery may be needed. It’s not uncommon for doctors to provide a splint or packing for children which must be worn for seven to 10 days after reduction, to protect the nose. You can find out more about how to care for your child’s splint/packing at home by speaking to your doctor.
Who caused your child’s accident?
Sometimes children are injured in accidents that are nobody’s fault, but it may be that somebody else’s negligence caused your child’s accident. For example they may have been injured in a car crash caused by a tailgating driver hitting your vehicle. Or perhaps they have tripped on damaged flooring at nursery and hit their head on furniture as they fell. Negligence at schools and nurseries is a serious matter and you could find yourself eligible to claim compensation from the nursery or school in question – an investigation into your child’s accident may also be carried out.
To find out more about making a personal injury claim, you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) at any time. Our advisors are on hand to offer no-obligation advice and help you decide whether or not to proceed with a claim.
Date Published: February 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen