Slip and falls are a leading cause of emergency room visits throughout the world, meaning the potential for serious injuries is extremely high with these accidents. Among the many parts of your body that can be damaged, the nose is particularly vulnerable, as it sticks out from your face. If you fall forward during a slip and fall, you can easily smash your face into the floor or ground. Your face can also hit the wall, a door, table, or any other number of objects on your way down. As a result, it’s very common for people to sustain a broken nose if they slip and fall.
A facial injury can require months, sometimes years, to recover from, and the process takes a physical and emotional toll on your health. If your accident was caused by another party’s negligence or misconduct, you may be eligible for monetary damages, such as medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Of course, the treatment of your injuries is your biggest concern, since leaving a broken nose untreated can lead to serious complications, including respiratory distress and permanent damage to the structure of your nose. If you’ve seen a doctor, they may have talked to you about the possibility of a nose job. However, you may be wondering if you can be compensated for plastic surgery after an accident.
Recovering from a slip and fall is a costly process, but we are here to help you recover the damages you’re entitled to. To learn about your rights and take action in a claim for compensation, contact the attorneys of Normandie Law Firm.
Can I get a Nose Job after a Slip and Fall?
Yes, you can get a nose job, or rhinoplasty, after a slip and fall if you are experiencing problems that can affect your health in the long-run. Many people hesitate to inquire about nose surgeries, because it’s commonly seen as a cosmetic procedure. However, a rhinoplasty after an accident isn’t just about improving your appearance. The impact of a slip and fall can cause serious deformities to your nose and lead to the following conditions:
Physical trauma to the nose can cause a deviated or fractured septum, which can lead to permanent breathing problems. Infections can occur as a result, along with sinus problems, loss of smell, and difficulty sleeping (due to restricted air flow). Perforation, or a hole, in the septum is another common injury to the nose from a slip and fall. Septal perforations must be treated right away in order to prevent the nose from collapsing.
When there is significant physical impact to your nose, blood will rush to the injured area. This can cause blood clots, which will press down on the cartilage of your nose and cause permanent damage in that area. A nose job can reduce your risk of developing blood clots after a slip and fall accident.
As with any injury, immediate medical attention is the best way to ensure your health and well-being. Please see a doctor right away, who may refer you to a plastic surgeon to confirm whether a nose job is right for you. As for the costs associated with your treatment, we can help you with that. We will determine who is responsible for your accident and fight tirelessly for the compensation you deserve.
Other types of Plastic Surgery after a Slip and Fall
If you slipped and fell, there’s a good chance you have multiple injuries to various parts of your body. Plastic surgery may be needed to repair these wounds, which include:
There are many other bones in your face aside from your nose. Reconstructive surgery may be needed to repair bone and soft tissue damage to the jaw, cheekbones, and eye sockets.
If you end up falling on something that’s hot, smoking, or on fire, you can sustain severe burn injuries, which may require plastic surgery. This type of reconstructive surgery takes place after the initial wound has healed. While it can certainly help improve the skin’s appearance, these surgeries are often needed to restore function in the hands, arms, and other areas of the body.
Deep lacerations are another type of injury that’s commonly associated with slip and fall accidents. Depending on the size and depth of the injury, the patient may be left with scarring and disfigurement. If there is extensive scar tissue that limits the person’s ability to perform basic tasks, reconstructive surgery may be needed.
Nose Job after a Slip and Fall: Who is Responsible?
If you have been harmed through a slip and fall due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to pursue a claim for monetary damages. This includes your medical expenses for a nose job or any other treatments that are needed as a result of your accident. The responsible party may be an individual, a private business, or a public entity (government buildings, public schools, etc.).
To hold someone responsible for your accident, you will need to prove that they knew about a hazardous condition, or should have known about it, but failed to take reasonable measures to keep you safe. For example, let’s say you fell in a public bathroom at the mall due to a leaking sink. The sink had been leaking for weeks, but no one was called to repair the sink, nor was there a warning sign to let people know about the leak.
Your own situation may be more complicated than the example we provided, but rest assured that our lawyers will get to the bottom of your accident. For a free consultation with a slip and fall injury attorney, call our office at your earliest convenience.
Average Value of a Broken Nose Injury Case
Cases involving damage to the facial bones can range anywhere from $25,000 to $150,000 in value. Slip and falls on commercial premises (malls, stores, restaurants, office buildings, etc.) are generally worth more than those on private properties. However, the biggest factor in your settlement is the extent of your injuries, which are based on your current and future medical needs. Aside from medical expenses, you can seek compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, long-term emotional distress, and the cost of legal fees. When you take all that into account, you can see why broken nose case values may exceed $100,000.
However, it’s important to look at all the injuries you may have sustained from a slip and fall accident. The majority of victims sustain multiple injuries from falling down, such as hip fracture, broken bones, neck / spinal injury, and TBI (traumatic brain injury). Considering the full ramifications to your health, a slip and fall settlement value may be around $345,000 on average. For severe cases with life-long injury (paralysis, for ex), a settlement can easily exceed $1 million.
How long will it take to Settle my Claim?
If we are able to settle your case without court intervention, we can hopefully recover your payment within 6 to 8 months of filing the injury claim. But there are various complications that can add weeks or months to the settlement process. These issues may include disputes over the type of treatment you need, such as plastic surgery to reconstruct your nose. Some insurance companies will argue that this is a cosmetic procedure and demand extensive evidence to show why a nose job is necessary. We have the knowledge and experience to prove your case, but resistance from the insurer means it can take 12 to 18 months before you are compensated for your injuries. In the worst case scenario, two or more years may be needed to settle your case.
No matter how long it takes to resolve your slip and fall lawsuit, you can count on us to keep you informed every step of the way. We will never be too busy to answer your questions, update you on your case, and provide reassurance that we are heading in the right direction. Here at Normandie, we believe that this is the kind of service our clients deserve. If you have an attorney already and you are not receiving this type of treatment, you may be wondering about the steps you can take, including your right to find a new lawyer.
Free Case Review on Active Lawsuits
Switching your lawyer in the middle of a case may be necessary if your attorney is incompetent, or isn’t providing the level of service you need. In many cases, clients are frustrated by how long it takes to hear back from their attorney. When they do, the answer are confusing or evasive, which makes them lose faith in their lawyer’s abilities. Lack of progress in a case is another source of frustration, which can happen when a lawyer is disorganized or unable to manage their case load.
If you are in need of a second opinion regarding your legal options, please give us a call at our office. During a free case review with one of our attorneys, we can answer your questions and provide insight that you may not be getting from your current law firm. Then, we can help you decide if keeping your lawyer is the right choice, or if you’d like to continue your lawsuit with us. The second opinion is free no matter what you decide, so you have nothing to lose.
How much Time do I have to Sue for my Injuries?
If you have been injured in a slip and fall, you have two years from the accident date to file a lawsuit against the liable party. Or, if you have an injury that doesn’t appear right away, you have two years from the discover date of the injury to sue for compensation. To ensure that your lawsuit is filed on time, contact us without delay. If you do not file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations, it’s likely that you will permanently lose the right to seek monetary damages.
Speak to a California Slip and Fall Injury Attorney
The personal injury lawyers of Normandie have many years of experience in fall-related accidents, including slip and falls and trip and falls. We have the methods to investigate your accident, draft your demand package, and fight for the maximum payment you deserve. Best of all, we will do all this for free as a condition of our Zero fee guarantee. All our expenses are paid by the negligent party, and that’s only if we win your case. If we lose, we eat the costs and you walk away without paying us a dime.
Our Zero fee guarantee applies to second opinion clients as well. Whether you have just been injured, or you are looking for a new lawyer to handle an existing claim, our slip and fall accident lawyers are here to assist you. Contact our office and schedule a free case evaluation.