Car Crashes and Broken Nose Injuries
It’s common to suffer a broken nose in a car accident because of facial impacts with the dash, steering wheel, window, seat, or even another passenger. Air bags deploy with such force that many suffer facial injury in minor accidents. While this type of injury isn’t life-threatening, just like any broken bone, it can take time to heal or break in way that requires surgical treatment. If you suffer a severe nose injury, you may have to miss work while incurring medical expenses and other costs related to the accident. Thankfully, the law provides you with a means to recoup wages you’ve lost and the money you have had to pay for physician and hospital bills as well as any other injury related costs.
Symptoms of a Broken Nose
Any type of facial impact during a collision can cause you to suffer nasal bruising and pain, so it may be difficult for you to determine if your nose is actually broken. Some of the most common symptoms of a fracture include:
- Persistent nosebleeds
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling and bruising
- Nasal discharge or congestion
- Misshapen or crooked nose
These symptoms may appear immediately or within a few days of the accident. Your physician will be able to quickly diagnose a fractured nose and begin treatment including pain relief.
Medical Treatment for Nose Injuries
If a physician determines medical treatment is necessary for your injury, you may undergo –
- Rhinoplasty – surgery to restore the nose to its normal form
- Septoplasty – procedure to correct a deviated septum to restore normal breathing ability
- Closed reduction – reset the bones of the nose into the correct position within surgical intervention.
It’s important to see a physician soon after your accident for treatment, as if you wait longer than two weeks to begin treatment, you may have to wait several months for the swelling to decrease and healing to occur before your doctor is able to reconstruct your nose to how it looked before the accident.
How We Can Help
If you have suffered a serious broken nose injury in a car crash, you may be eligible for compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and other damages. Contact us today for a free case review and to learn more. We’ll fight insurance companies, negligent operators, and reckless drivers to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.