When making a claim for a nose injury, you will want to make sure that you are fully prepared for that process and what it may entail. In this guide, we aim to provide you with all the information you need about making a valid nose injury claim.
Additionally, you’ll find out how you could benefit from the services of a No Win No Fee solicitor and why seeking legal advice from our team could be what you need. However, whether you decide to speak to our team or not, you won’t be obligated to use our services. We want what’s best for you. You can connect to an advisor using our live chat function on your screen, otherwise:
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- Guidance – Nose Injury Claims
- Determining Compensation For Your Broken Nose
- Understanding Broken Nose Injuries And Nose Injury Claims
- How Do Nose Injuries Happen?
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- More Information – Nose Injury Claims
You could be eligible to make a nose injury claim if it was caused by somebody else’s fault and not your own. However, our panel of personal injury solicitors would require the following to be able to help you:
- Did the defendant owe you a legal duty of care?
- Did the defendant breach that duty of care, causing an accident or incident?
- Have you suffered your nose injury because of this?
If you could answer ‘yes’ to the above questions, you may have grounds for a valid claim.
How Often Do Nose Injuries Happen?
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) is legislation that requires employers to report certain injuries and occurrences. Nose injuries could happen due to slips, trips or falls or falls from a height amongst other injuries. Reports under RIDDOR showed that both accident types were common in workplaces in 2020/21 and accounted for 33% and 8% of non-fatal injuries respectively.
Elsewhere, the Compensation Recovery Unit had 52,724 public liability cases registered with them in 2021 to 2022, while government statistics revealed around 119,850 casualties of all severities took place on the road in 2021.
You might think you have a valid claim. For free no-obligation legal advice, speak to our advisors. They can help clarify the legitimacy of your claim and may put you in touch with a personal injury solicitor from our panel.
There are two different types of damages you may seek when making a personal injury claim. General damages account for mental and physical harm caused by your accident, whereas special damages take into consideration any financial losses that have occurred because of your nose injury; for example, loss of wages or medical fees. It is important that you keep hold of wage slips, receipts and statements to prove any financial harm.
The Judicial College Guidelines help us to determine how much you might receive for a nose injury or related injuries. Solicitors use this publication to help when valuing claims. The figures in the compensation table below are taken from the 16th edition of the Guidelines, produced in 2022.
|Le Fort Fractures of Frontal Facial Bones||£23,810 to £36,740||Complex fractures of the mid-face bones.|
|Multiple Fractures of Facial Bones||£14,900 to £23,950||May involve facial deformity of a permanent nature.|
|Serious (i) Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex||£10,640 to £23,130||Serious or multiple fractures may require numerous operations or result in permanent damage to the airways.|
|Less Serious (ii) Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex||£3,950 to £5,100||You will have recovered but only after surgery has taken place.|
|Moderate (iii) Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex||£2,520 to £3,150||A displaced fracture that requires no more than manipulation.|
|Minor (iv) Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex||£1,710 to £2,520||A simple non-displaced fracture however a full recovery will have been made.|
|Total Loss of Taste and Smell||In the region of £39,170||Such symptoms may be associated with an infection.|
|Total Loss of Smell and Significant Loss of Taste||£32,900 to £39,170||In most cases of loss of smell, the sense of taste is often impaired to an extent.|
|Loss of Smell||£24,990 to £32,900||You might lose your sense of smell depending on the severity of the damage to your nose.|
Please remember that compensation for a nose injury is decided by a number of factors. The compensation brackets featured in the table above do not necessarily represent what you may get for a settlement. For a more accurate figure of what you might be owed, speak to our team for a free consultation.
You may break your nose due to an accident that occurs in a public place, at work or on the road. However, no matter where your accident was sustained, if you can prove that a third party owed you a legal duty of care and that this duty of care was breached, you might be liable to claim. Additionally, this breach must have caused your injury. In this section, we’ll go through example scenarios for potential accidents that are caused by third parties.
In A Public Place
Those in control of an area accessible to the public owe a duty of care to visitors under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. A land occupier may be liable for an accident if they ignore this legislation. For example, a gym owner might employ a cleaner to mop the floors of the gym. However, if the wet floor is not signposted, visitors may not be aware and could slip and fall. They may then sustain a broken nose upon impact with the floor.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 sets out the duty of care that employers owe to their employees. Section 2 of the Act states employers must do what is “reasonably practicable” to protect the safety of employees. For example, you might work from heights and need a ladder to carry out your job. If your employer does not provide you with a ladder that is stable and secure, you could easily have an accident at work that causes you to break your nose.
On The Road
Whoever uses a road, whether it be motorists, cyclists or pedestrians, has a duty of care to other road users under The Highway Code. The Road Traffic Act 1988 puts lawful responsibility on motorists to ensure the health and safety of other road users. Additionally, the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 states that drivers must not exceed 30mph on a restricted road. If a driver ignores this Act, they could crash into another car at high speed. One of the outcomes of this could be a broken nose for someone in the back passenger seat.
Speak to an advisor if you feel like you were in an accident that was caused by the negligence of a third party. They could connect you to our panel of personal injury solicitors if you have a legitimate claim.
Nose injuries can happen because of all sorts of reasons; however, in order to make a personal injury claim, the accident must have occurred due to the negligence of a third party that owed you a legal duty of care.
You should seek medical attention in the aftermath of your accident, not only to get the help you need but also because medical evidence can act as proof of your injury. Afterwards, you should consider collecting evidence to support your claim, including:
- Accident reports: Injuries that are sustained at work, or in a public place like a restaurant, must generally be recorded in an accident report book. Secure a copy of your report to confirm the date, time and location of your accident.
- CCTV footage: Most public places or workplaces have CCTV for security reasons. Some motorists or cyclists use dash cams, so it would be useful to obtain a copy of the footage. Any CCTV or dashcam footage that shows your accident can provide crucial evidence.
- Photographs: Make sure to photograph your injuries and the scene of the accident.
- Witness contact details: A witness statement can support your version of events, therefore it’s important to get the contact details of any witnesses.
Connect to our team using the live chat function to get instant support with your case. Our panel of personal injury solicitors can help you build evidence if you have a valid claim.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors offer their services under a No Win No Fee agreement. This type of arrangement means you won’t pay your solicitor an upfront solicitor fee. Furthermore, you won’t pay any solicitor fee if your claim does not succeed. You’ll only pay a capped fee if your claim is successful. That fee is capped at 25% under article 5 of the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013. However, it can be reduced.
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Although the legally capped fee is 25%, we might be able to offer you a reduced fee. Call us on 020 3870 4868 and enquire about our reduced success fee for more information. There are other ways you can get in touch with us, including:
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Ahead of concluding this article on nose injury claims, we wanted to share some additional resources with you that may come in handy.
Broken nose – NHS advice on what to do if you have a broken nose.
Speed limits – The government advises on the national speed limits.
Simple health and safety risk management – The Health and Safety Executive informs employers how to manage risks at work.
If you have enjoyed this article, please find some more of our guides below.
- A guide to personal injury claims and the process
- How to find personal injury solicitors near you
- The personal injury claims time limit
- Which claims fall under personal injury law?
- What is the definition of a No Win No Fee agreement?
- Compensation payouts for a broken leg claim
- What are No Win No Fee agreements in personal injury law?
- What evidence is needed for a personal injury claim?
- Claiming compensation under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976
- What factors determine the best No Win No Fee solicitors?
- Neck injury claims
We hope our guide on nose injury claims has clarified what action you can take to get the compensation you could be owed.
Publisher Ruth Vaughn
Writer Lewis Jackson