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Nose Fracture Resulting From a Car Accident


Although not life-threatening in itself, a broken nose can cause serious pain and affect a victim’s quality of life.

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Fractures are quite common following a car accident. If the airbag deploys suddenly or you hit your head forcefully to the steering wheel, dashboard or seat, then it’s not uncommon to break your nose after the impact. Although not life-threatening in itself, a broken nose can cause serious pain and affect the quality of life of the victim.

The good news is that according to the law in Missouri, the at-fault party is responsible for covering the cost of treatment and lost wages. But, how much can you expect to get for a nose fracture claim? Here are a few factors that a St. Louis car accident lawyer will consider when filing your claim.

Signs of a Nose Fracture

Most victims hear a crack during the impact and can tell instantly that they’ve broken their nose. However, it’s not uncommon for signs to appear a few days after the crash. That’s why it’s vital to see a doctor after the accident even if you think that you are fine. A detailed medical report of your injuries will make it easier for you to get just compensation. Otherwise, the insurance company may claim that you’ve broken your nose after the accident and refuse to award you compensation.

Here are the signs to look out for:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Bruising (most victims with a nose fracture look like they have two black eyes)
  • Pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • The shape of your nose has changed

It is possible for a nose fracture to be accompanied by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal injury. Seek immediate medical care if you notice any of the following signs:

  • Signs of TBIs such as dizziness, vomiting or loss of consciousness
  • Signs of neck or spinal injury
  • Clear nose discharge
  • Bleeding that doesn’t stop
  • Difficulty breathing

How Much Can I Expect to Get?

As with most injuries, the amount of compensation largely depends on the severity of the injury. Mild nose fractures that don’t cause excessive bleeding or facial deformities can be treated with ease with icing and over the counter pills.

A severe injury that caused facial disfigurement, affected your sense of smell and requires multiple surgeries will likely get you a higher settlement. Keep in mind that in addition to claiming for the injury itself, you should also claim for any financial loss you’ve suffered. For example, if you were forced to take days off of work to recover from surgery, then you can get compensated for the lost wages. An attorney will advise you and help you get all the details of the settlement straight so that you get the maximum benefits possible.

Speak With an Car Crash Attorney ASAP

A blow to the face after a car accident can have serious consequences. The problem is that the symptoms can appear days after the incident. That is why it’s paramount to seek medical help immediately after the crash, get a detailed medical report, and speak with a qualified attorney. Give The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. a call 24/7 at (314) 361-4242 for a FREE legal advice.

Updated: September 23, 2019