A broken nose is a fairly common injury usually caused by a blow to the face. This could happen in an industrial accident at work, after objects fall from height and hit you, after a slip, trip or fall or even as a result of a road traffic accident. The good news is that most broken noses heal in around two to three weeks at home, although you’ll normally need to have a broken nose x-ray to determine the severity of your injury. If your nose is particularly crooked after your accident or if you have fractured cartilage in your nose (your septum) then you may need to have this surgically corrected to prevent a deformity and improve the appearance of your nose.
What treatment is provided after a broken nose x-ray?
Unless you need surgery to straighten your nose, treatment after a broken nose x-ray is usually at home. Using ice packs to relieve swelling and taking over-the-counter painkillers is usually recommended, and many people find sleeping with extra pillows can also help with swelling. It usually takes a week or so for swelling to alleviate and a couple of weeks for facial bruising to improve, but if you don’t see any improvement or if swelling gets worse, you should seek medical attention. Because a broken nose can often be experienced alongside other injuries such as a head injury, you should keep an eye out for other, more serious, symptoms such as blurred vision or a severe headache.
After your accident you may wonder if you’re eligible to claim personal injury compensation, particularly if you have taken time off work for hospital appointments. If somebody else was liable for your accident then this should be possible, but you’ll need the services of a personal injury lawyer to make sure your claim has the best possible chances of success.
Isn’t it expensive to claim injury compensation?
Every year hundreds of people miss out on making a personal injury claim as they’re worried about the costs of claiming. With Accident Advice Helpline, there are no upfront fees to pay as our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis. So whether you have suffered a broken nose or more serious injuries too, there are no costs upfront. You can get in touch with us by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 today (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, charges may apply) to find out more about making a claim and see if you are eligible.
Date Published: February 12, 2017
Author: Rob Steen