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Nose Injury Claims

Nose injury compensation claims are a common and often complicated issue that can be difficult to navigate. Nose injuries can range from minor bumps and cuts to more serious injuries, such as broken noses or disfiguring fractures. In more extreme cases, nose injuries can require prolonged treatment and rehabilitation, resulting in significant medical expenses and unpaid absences from work.

If your life has been negatively affected by your injury, a nose injury claim can assist you in getting compensation for your pain and suffering. And that’s not all, as any related expenses caused by your injury can also be added to your claim.

However, nose injury compensation claims, like many other personal injury claims, can be complex and may require the assistance of an experienced solicitor.

Consulting a legal expert as soon as possible after sustaining a nose injury will ensure you receive proper legal representation and the best chance of obtaining the highest possible compensation.

To discuss your claim with an experienced legal adviser, call free on 0800 032 3660 or enter your details into our contact form to arrange a call back.

Let’s take a closer look at what you would need for a nose injury claim, how to get in contact with a solicitor, and whether you have a solid compensation claim.

Can I make a nose injury claim?

If you or a loved one have been affected by a nose injury, you stand a good chance at compensation, assuming certain criteria are met. As we’ve mentioned above, the most important factor is that you have not sustained the injury through any fault of your own.

Secondly, to receive compensation, the onus is on you (with the help of your solicitor) to prove that the defendant owed you a legal duty of care. Not only that, they breached this duty of care by acting negligently.

Finally, to be eligible to make a nose injury claim, you must contact a solicitor to start your claim within the applicable time limit. Apart from a few exceptions, which we will discuss below, the time limit is usually three years from the date of the accident.

Each of the above factors will be discussed by your solicitor to determine if you have a valid and strong claim for compensation. They will also use this information to help them calculate how much compensation you may be eligible to claim.

To bolster your case, you can try to obtain the following pieces of evidence:

  • Accident report – The accident should be reported to the relevant party to be documented in their accident log book. If your nose injury was a result of a violent crime, you should report the incident to the police and keep a record of the crime reference number.
  • Witness testimonies – If any bystanders witnessed the accident, you should ask for their contact information, as their testimony can help your case against the defendant.
  • Medical reports – Seek medical attention, no matter how slight your injury may initially seem. The full extent of your injuries may only come to light sometime after your accident. Keep records of all your medical notes, treatment, and medications.
  • Photos and CCTV footage – Where possible, try to take photos of the scene of the incident, as well as your injuries. If the area is covered by CCTV footage, all the better, as this is hard evidence to refute if the defendant tries to deny liability.

Your solicitor will help you gather all of the available evidence to build a strong case. They may also arrange for you to have a medical examination by an independent healthcare professional to document the full extent of your nose injury and any long-term health issues it may have caused.

What are the most common nose injuries?

You may assume that a nose injury is pretty self-explanatory. Of course, the injury will often result from a direct impact on your nose, but medical conditions can also cause nose injuries.

Even if you have developed a condition that is causing you to lose your smell, you could still be entitled to make a nose injury compensation claim if somebody else was at fault. The latter can be harder to prove, but this is where your personal injury solicitor comes to your aid!

Below are some of the most common nose injuries that might make you eligible to claim if the negligence of a third party causes them:

  • Broken nose – A broken nose can result from many of the common accidents listed below, including car accidents, slips and trips, and criminal violence.
  • Displaced nose fractures – Displacements and fractures can also occur in many types of accidents. You will need medical treatment such as icing, pain medication or even rhinoplasty surgery. The type of medical treatment you will need depends on the severity of the fracture.
  • Bruising, cuts and lacerations – Bruising, cuts, and lacerations do not usually require a lot of medical attention but could still warrant a claim to compensate you for the pain and inconvenience caused.
  • Psychological suffering – Psychological suffering is a significant concern with nasal trauma and fractures, especially if the injury has caused scarring or left you disfigured.
  • Temporary and permanent loss of smell – Many illnesses and nose injuries could result in loss of smell – and since our sense of smell affects our taste as well, you could lose your flavour pallet.

No matter what type of nose injury you have sustained, if somebody else’s negligence was responsible, you have the legal right to make a nose injury compensation claim.

If you want to find out more and determine if you have a valid claim, speak to a legal adviser today by calling 0800 032 3660. Or, if you would prefer an adviser to give you a call, you can arrange a call back here.

What type of accidents could result in a nose injury?

Almost any injury to the nose resulting from someone else’s negligence could enable you to make a compensation claim. If you or a loved one has sustained a nose injury in any of the following types of accident, you should consult with an injury solicitor asap to access your claim:

  • Sporting injuries – Sporting injuries can be a bit tricky since you’re a willing participant when engaging in sports. However, if your injury is a result of poor maintenance of the grounds, faulty equipment or any other type of negligence from the organisers or business owner, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
  • Slips and falls – We are all prone to a bit of clumsiness here and there. But if you have slipped, tripped or fallen due to the lack of upkeep and maintenance in public spaces, it is likely through no fault of your own. Whether you have slipped on a wet floor in a supermarket, tripped due to a pavement pothole or had a fall at work, you could have a valid nose injury claim.
  • Road traffic accidentsRoad accidents are unfortunately common and can be caused by poor road maintenance, weather conditions, or a negligent driver. These can result in a wide range of nose injuries, including a fractured nose, bruising, cuts and lacerations.
  • Criminal assault – The UK has a compensation scheme for the victims of violent crimes called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. If you suffered a broken nose in an unprovoked assault, you would be eligible to claim through the CICA. These injury claims must be made within two years of the crime, and you must have reported the incident to the police.
  • Workplace accidents – If your nose has been injured due to an accident at work resulting from employer negligence, you should be entitled to make a work accident claim. Many workplace accidents could cause a nose injury, including a slip or trip at work, a machinery accident, a building site injury, or a ladder fall.

In any of the above accidents, it is important to seek the help of an experienced personal injury solicitor. They will provide the help and advice you need to build a strong nose injury claim and get the compensation you deserve.

How much compensation can I claim for a nose injury?

How much compensation you can claim for a nose injury will depend on several factors. Most importantly, it will depend on the type and severity of your nose injury. The more severe the injury, the greater the compensation you are likely to be entitled to.

Personal injury compensation is divided into two parts:

  • General damages – this is based on the type and severity of the nose injury and compensates you for the pain and suffering it has caused. To calculate this, solicitors use the guidelines that are produced by a body called the Judicial College.
  • Special damages – this compensation award covers financial losses or out-of-pocket expenses you incurred due to your injury. This includes lost wages, prescription costs and other expenses that can be proven with receipts, bank statements or wage slips.

Depending on the type of nose injury and the extent of the damage, you could be eligible for nose injury compensation of up to £31,000. This is just for the general damages part of the claim, with special damages for lost earnings and other financial losses added on top.

Below are some examples of how much compensation you could potentially claim for different types of nose injury:

  • Up to £2,500 for a simple nose fracture
  • Up to £4,000 for a displaced nose fracture
  • Between £8,400 to £18,000 for a significant nose injury with some permanent damage
  • Between £19,000 to £26,000 for an injury that results in the loss of smell
  • Up to £31,000 for a complete loss of both smell and taste

As mentioned above, the figures listed here are for general damages and only serve as a rough guideline. For a more accurate estimate, your solicitor will need to investigate the full extent of your nose injury and calculate any financial losses linked to your accident.

To get a free case assessment and find out how much your nose injury claim could be worth, call 0800 032 3660 or request a call back using our online claim form.

Is there a time limit claim for a nose injury?

Generally, you have up to three years to start the claims process from the moment your injury occurs. This includes both injuries due to direct force to your nose or the development of a nasal condition. If you are claiming criminal injury compensation through the CICA, you have two years after you have reported the incident to the police.

This time limit, however, does not apply if you are claiming on behalf of a minor. In these circumstances, you can apply to become their litigation friend (you will act as their legal representative), in which case you can claim compensation on their behalf at any point before they turn 18. Alternatively, once the child becomes an adult, they will have three years from their 18th birthday to initiate a claim of their own.

People who lack mental capacity are also excluded from the standard three-year time limit. Similar to claiming on behalf of a child, a person acting in the role of litigation friend can claim on behalf of a person who lacks mental capacity. This could be due to medical conditions such as Downs Syndrome, Dementia, Schizophrenia or Alzheimer’s.

We understand that it can be a difficult time following an accident, particularly one caused by somebody else’s negligence. Claiming compensation may be the last thing on your mind, but it is best to discuss your options with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Starting the claims process sooner will ensure you stick within the appropriate time limit. It can also improve your chances of making a successful claim for your nose injury. This is because you will likely have a better recollection while the events are still fresh in your memory, and it will generally be easier for your solicitor to gather supporting evidence.

Can nose injury claims be made using no win no fee?

Yes, all of the personal injury solicitors we work in partnership with operate on a no win no fee* basis. This means you don’t have to add insult to injury by worrying about any upfront legal costs.

You will only pay a success fee to your injury lawyer if your claim is successful. This fee will be stipulated and detailed in the no win no fee agreement, but it cannot exceed 25% of your total claim.

If your nose injury claim is unsuccessful, you will have no costs to bear. This is because these costs would be covered by an insurance policy called After the Event insurance, which your solicitor takes out and pays out on your behalf.

Full details of the no win no fee agreement and the claims process will be provided during your free case assessment.

Start your accident claim today!

At injuryclaims.co.uk, we can connect you with experienced solicitors to help your fight for justice and get the nose injury compensation you deserve.

We will provide you with a free consultation with no obligation to proceed. If you have a valid claim, you will receive a risk-free, no win no fee service from experienced personal injury solicitors.

To find out whether you are eligible for a nose injury claim, simply call 0800 032 3660 for a free consultation with a professional legal advisor. Alternatively, enter your details into the contact form below, and a representative will call you back as soon as possible.

* Personal injury claims are offered on a no win, no fee basis. If your claim is successful, your solicitor will receive up to 25% of your compensation as their success fee. Any additional costs, such as legal protection insurance, will be clearly explained to you by your solicitor before you decide to proceed with your claim. Termination fees may apply if you fail to cooperate with your solicitor. This includes deliberately misleading your solicitor, failing to attend scheduled medical or expert examinations, or not appearing at a required court hearing.