If you have broken your nose after a fall, car accident or blow to the face, then you can normally treat the symptoms at home, although you will need to see a doctor for a diagnosis first. Common symptoms of a broken nose include:
- Redness, pain and swelling
- A crunching sound and tenderness when you touch your nose
- Black eyes from bruising
- Difficulty breathing out of your nose
- Your nose looking deformed
Although you can use ice at home to reduce swelling and take painkillers to relieve pain, if your nose is crooked or the skin is broken then you may need to have broken nose realignment at hospital. This can be carried out whilst you are asleep (general anaesthetic) or whilst your nose is numbed using a local anaesthetic. Ideally the procedure should be done within 14 days of your accident, but you may need to go back to hospital after swelling has subsided for your broken nose realignment. Special instruments will be used to manually realign your nose and adhesive strips or stitches used to close broken skin.
Has broken nose realignment led to time off work for you?
If you have taken time off work to attend hospital for broken nose realignment, or to recover after breaking your nose in an accident, you could find you’re entitled to claim personal injury compensation for your lost earnings. It all depends how your accident happened. For example, if a speeding driver hit your vehicle, causing a car accident, you could be entitled to make a 100% no-win, no-fee* personal injury claim. If a co-worker dropped something from height in a factory or on a building site and it hit you in the face, breaking your nose, you could have a viable claim. It’s worth contacting a personal injury lawyer to find out whether you could be entitled to compensation, but you must do this within three years of your accident happening.
Is it worth claiming for a broken nose?
It’s true that a broken nose is a relatively minor injury, and many people recover nicely at home after their accident. But you are entitled to compensation for any injury sustained in an accident caused by somebody else, and it’s well worth finding out what you could receive by taking the 30-second test on our website. Then call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to see if you could make a personal injury claim.