Nose fractures, commonly referred to as a broken nose, are one of the most common facial fractures that occur after an injury or accident. While a broken nose usually indicates that the bone or cartilage over the bridge of the nose has been damaged. The sidewall of the nose or septum can also be broken or impaired in this type of injury.
There are two small rectangular-shaped bones that make up the bridge of the bone while the rest of the nose is cartilage, veins, and nerves. Any trauma to the face could these components of the nose to become fractured or damaged.
If you or a loved one has broken their nose due to the negligence of others, the injured party may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and more. Our attorneys believe that the all negligent parties should be held responsible for the damages they caused.
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What Can Cause a Broken Nose?
According to the National Institute of Health nose injuries usually go hand in hand with neck injuries as trauma that is forceful enough to cause a broken nose is likely to injure the neck as well.
Most commonly though broken noses are caused by:
- Car Collisions – Facial trauma after a car crash is common, even the impact of an airbag could lead to nasal injuries.
- Motorcycle or Cycling Crashes. Facial injuries are also common after motorcycle or bicycling accidents.
- Sports Injuries – Contact sports commonly lead to many injuries whether they are caused from a fall or negligent use of equipment.
- Slip and Fall – Wet floors and uneven pavements may cause slip and fall accidents that could lead to broken bones.
- Defective Products – Certain products may fail to provide the correct safety features, such as a bunk bed, that could lead to a broken bones and fractures.
- Workplace Accidents – Hazardous workplaces could lead to falls or injuries due to the carelessness of others.
Symptoms of a Broken Nose
Although a broken nose is a common injury, many people fail to realize when their nose has truly been broken as some may think they have only bruised or damaged their nose. Signs of a broken nose may also take up to a few days to appear so seeking medical attention is important after any type of facial injury.
Some common symptoms of a broken nose include:
- Pain and Tenderness
- Nose Bleeds
- Discharge of Mucus
- Blocked Nasal Passages
Further serious symptoms to watch for are:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Unrelenting Nose Bleeds
- A Change in Nose Shape
- Clear, Watery Discharge From the Nose
Not treating a broken nose right away could result in blood clots, nose deformity, and even cause the nose to collapse.
Broken Nose Treatments
A broken nose is usually diagnosed with a physical exam, but more serious injuries may require x-rays. Once diagnosed doctors may fix the nose through surgery or what is referred to as a ‘closed reduction’.
Closed reductions cannot be completed more than 14 days after the fracture and normally involve a doctor manually realigning your nose using special instruments.
It’s important to note that surgery is most often used when a person has suffered a severe nose break, multiple breaks, or if the fracture has been left untreated for a long period of time.
Contact a North Carolina Accident Attorney Today
If you or anyone you know has been injured in an accident and suffered from a broken nose, the party at fault may be able to be held liable for their actions. At Lewis & Keller we believe in defending the rights of the injured and will fight for your MAXIMUM injury compensation.
With more than 150 years of combined legal experience our attorneys are ready to hear about your case. We have offices located through North Carolina and are proud to serve the following areas:
- Fisher Park
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- And more.
You can contact our offices toll-free 866-299-1769 and one of our intake staff members can assist you in getting connected with one of our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers to determine if you have sufficient grounds to file a lawsuit. If so, we will then advise on the best way to move forward with proceedings.
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