Can You Sue Someone For Breaking Your Nose?

In this article, we will aim to answer the question, “Can you sue someone for breaking your nose?”. If your nose has been fractured in an accident or violent incident, you could be eligible to claim.

To claim compensation for a broken nose, you would need to be able to provide proof that the incident was caused by the negligence of someone else or was the result of a violent crime. Examples of evidence that could be used to support your claim will be explored further in this guide. 

Can you sue someone for breaking your nose

Can You Sue Someone For Breaking Your Nose? A Guide

If you’re considering making a claim, our experienced team of advisors can offer free legal advice. They may even connect you to a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel if your claim has a solid chance of success. Through us, you could make a personal injury claim and get the compensation you’re entitled to.

Read on for more information about if you can sue someone for breaking your nose. And, whether you want to start a claim today or would just like more information, you can get in touch now by calling us at 0800 408 7825.

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  1. Can You Sue Someone For Breaking Your Nose?
  2. What Do You Do If Someone Breaks Your Nose?
  3. What Are The Symptoms Of A Broken Nose?
  4. Causes Of Broken Nose Injuries
  5. How To Sue Someone For Breaking Your Nose
  6. How Much Can You Sue Someone For Breaking Your Nose?
  7. Discuss Your No Win No Fee Broken Nose Claim
  8. Useful Broken Bone Claim Guides 

Can You Sue Someone For Breaking Your Nose? 

You might be able to make a personal injury claim if you are injured as a result of third-party negligence. With the help of a solicitor, you can claim compensation for emotional and physical harm, as well as any financial impact that your injuries have had on you. A broken nose is when there is a break in the bone or cartilage of your nose, often over the bridge or in the septum. It can happen when the nose is hit with blunt force.

If your injury was sustained as the result of a violent crime, you could make a criminal injury claim against them. Claims of this nature can be made directly or can be made through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)

Alternatively, your nose could be broken as a result of a breach of duty of care. For example, all road users owe a duty of care to one another. If someone else breaches this duty of care, causing a car accident, this could result in you breaking your nose on the steering wheel. As a result, you may be able to claim. 

If you want an answer to the question “Can you sue someone for breaking your nose?” this guide can help. You can also get in touch with our team today for a free no-obligation valuation of your claim.

What Do You Do If Someone Breaks Your Nose?

According to NHS guidance, you should do the following if your nose is broken:  

  • Hold an ice pack (or something else that’s frozen) to your nose for fifteen minutes, several days in a row
  • Take painkillers
  • Treat nosebleeds by sitting upright and leaning forward 
  • Keep your head upright in bed to reduce swelling

In some cases, you may need to undergo a procedure called manipulation, which a doctor will perform. This can be performed if your nose has changed shape. 

You could also need stitches if you have a large wound on your nose or a gauze pad if you have an ongoing nosebleed. 

For more information on whether you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries, speak with us today. Otherwise, read on to find out more about the symptoms of a broken nose. 

What Are The Symptoms Of A Broken Nose?

According to the NHS, there are a few things to look out for that could mean you have a broken nose:

  • Pain, swelling and redness
  • Crunching or crackling upon touch
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Slight disfigurement
  • Possible bruising under the eyes
  • Possible bleeding from the nostrils

In some cases, you may exhibit other symptoms. If you experience any of the below because of your broken nose, you should visit A&E: 

  • A continuous nosebleed 
  • Clear fluid trickling from your nose
  • Eye pain or double vision 
  • Numbness and tingling in your arms as well as pain or stiffness in the neck. 

These could indicate something more serious than a broken nose, such as a severe head injury or brain damage. For this reason, it’s really important that you seek medical attention.

Causes Of Broken Nose Injuries

You can break your nose in a variety of ways. For example, you could trip over something in the workplace and land on your face with force. If the accident was caused by your employer breaching their duty of care as outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, you could be eligible to claim. 

You could also experience a broken nose as the result of a violent crime. If the person who broke your nose was known to you and has the funds to pay you compensation, you can make a civil claim. If you do not know who broke your nose, or if they don’t have the funds to pay you, you could make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). You would need to have reported it to the police. 

If you don’t see your situation listed here, don’t worry. You could still be able to claim against someone for breaking your nose. Speak to our team today for more information. 

How To Sue Someone For Breaking Your Nose

It is helpful to collate relevant evidence that could help your case. If your accident occurred in the workplace, for example, you should make sure to have logged it in the accident log book. It could be key evidence when it comes to a case.

Other helpful evidence can include photographs of the situation or injury, CCTV footage, witness accounts and especially medical records. 

A medical assessment is performed as part of making a claim, but it is always best to get medical records closer to the time of the accident rather than to the time of taking legal action. For this reason, seeking medical attention after your accident can help the validity of your claim. 

Once you have collected the evidence, you can contact a personal injury solicitor, such as one from our experienced panel. Get in touch now for more information. 

How Much Can You Sue Someone For Breaking Your Nose?

Please see below for our table of compensation amounts for nose fractures. These figures are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines. These guidelines are used to help value injuries. 

InjuryAmountNotes
Nose£9,990 to £21,700This includes multiple serious fractures that require surgery. It could result in difficulty breathing or facial deformity.
Nose£3,710 to £4,790This includes fractures where you make a complete recovery but only after surgery.
Nose£2,370 to £2,960This includes fractures requiring only the manipulation procedure.
Nose£1,600 to £2,370This includes fractures that are undisplaced and where there has been a full recovery.

It is important to remember that these numbers are only estimates, and each case is judged individually. For example, the severity of your injury and the impact on your quality of life will be taken into account. 

You may claim for special damages as well. This covers any losses or expenses already accumulated, as well as any that may arise in the future. They can cover:

  •     Lost wages, both past and future
  •     Medical expenses
  •     Travel expenses

In order to claim special damages, you’ll need to provide evidence of the costs. For example, you could show bank statements to show a loss of income or receipts for prescriptions you’ve had to pay for.

Discuss Your No Win No Fee Broken Nose Claim

We hope this guide has answered the question, “Can you sue someone for breaking your nose?”. If you think you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim, call us today on 0800 408 7825 for a no-obligation valuation of your case. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us via our contact form

If a solicitor from our panel decides to take on your case, they can represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if you don’t have any success with your claim, you will not have to pay anything to your solicitor, and they also won’t ask you to make upfront or ongoing payments. However, your solicitor will deduct a ‘success fee’, which is legally capped, from your compensation if you are successful. 

To find out more about No Win No Fee agreements, speak to someone from our team today. You could be connected with a solicitor from our panel. 

 Useful Broken Bone Claim Guides

Fractured Nose Compensation Guide – A comprehensive guide to different compensation amounts for a fractured nose.

Nose Injury Compensation Guide – A comprehensive guide to different nose injury compensation amounts. 

PTSD Caused by Assault Compensation Guide – A comprehensive guide to possible compensation amounts after being part of an assault that resulted in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents –  A charity that aims to reduce the rate of accidental injury through advice and guidance.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme Tariff – Explains how much you could be owed for criminal injuries.

Statutory Sick Pay – An explanation on how to claim statutory sick pay from the government if you’ve had to take time off work due to your injuries. 

We also have some other guides you may find useful:

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