Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Mar 29, 2013 in Personal Injury
A 2009 survey by the Ambulatory and Hospital Care Statistics Branch of the Center for Disease Control noted that more than 1.5 million emergency room visits were for facial injuries. A fractured nose, also commonly referred to as a broken nose, is actually one of the most common facial injuries that can occur.
The nose is made up of two small vertical bones that help create the bridge of the nose while the rest is cartilage, veins and nerves. Most often it is the two vertical bones that become fractured or cracked, but facial trauma may also damage a person’s septum and nasal sidewalls.
Facial trauma from a car crash or sports injury is a common cause of a broken nose but the nose can become fractured even by walking into a wall or roughhousing.
If you or a loved one has suffered a fractured nose due to the negligence of another party, the injured may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Causes of a Broken Nose
Persons involved in any type of accident may be at risk of suffering from a broken nose and often those who suffer from trauma hard enough to break the nose may also suffer from neck injuries.
Some common causes of a broken nose include:
- Car Collisions
- Motorcycle or Cycling Accidents
- Violence/Hits to the Face
- Sports Injuries
- Nursing Home Abuse
- defective products
- Slip and Falls
Broken noses during a car collision may occur when an adult or child’s face comes into contact with the dashboard or seat in front of them. Airbag deployment may also cause a nose fracture.
Broken Nose Symptoms
Bruising and pain may lead an individual to think that they have only suffered minor nose injuries rather than fractured or broken their nose. Seeking medical attention can not only provide a correct diagnosis, it can also assist in documenting the injury should a person consider legal action against negligent parties who caused the broken nose.
Some customary symptoms experienced by those with a fractured nose include:
- Nose Bleeds, often persistent
- Difficulty Breathing
- Bruising Around the Nose
- Unusual Shape of the Nose When Swelling Subsides
- Mucus Discharge
Nasal congestion is another common symptom as well as headaches which could be mistaken for allergy issues. Doctors will usually perform a physical exam to determine the cause of your nasal problems if some of the symptoms, such as bruising, have lessened over time.
Broken Nose Treatments
If an individual waits too long to seek medical attention, a broken nose could heal crookedly and cause breathing problems. To fix the breaks medical personnel will need to perform a closed reduction procedure or surgery.
Special instruments are used to realign the fracture and injured cartilage during a close reduction procedure and this procedure is usually done no later than 14 days after the nose is fractured.
Surgery is usually performed on injuries that occurred more than 14 days prior or if they are severe breaks. Surgery can assist in realigning and reshaping your nose and the nasal septum if it was damaged.
Broken noses may be prevented with the use of protective gear when playing sports or engaging in outdoor activities and with the use a seat belt while in a car.
Contact our Pembroke Pines Accident Attorneys
Our personal injury attorneys understand how difficult it can be to deal with painful injuries, including a broken nose. We are dedicated in to representing those who have sustained injuries caused by careless drivers, employers, companies, and more.
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