What compensation am I able to claim if I slipped in the kitchen at work and broke my nose? Since my injury I have been unable to pursue part-time work as a model and I have required corrective surgery. How much broken nose compensation am I entitled to?
The amount of compensation that can be claimed for any injury – including broken nose compensation – will never be the same for any two cases. Compensation is determined by various elements, and as a result will differ between claims. For a complete analysis of the compensation to which you may be entitled you are advised to consult a personal injury* solicitor at the earliest opportunity – however there are some elements of your particular case that may affect the amount of compensation that you may be able to claim.
First, there is the fact that you have been unable to pursue your part-time work as a model due to your injury. You could claim compensation for any loss of income you have experienced as you were unable to pursue this work. There is also the fact that you are required to receive corrective surgery to reverse the damage caused by your nose breaking. The cost of this surgery may also be compensated. These factors will be covered under special damages, which will also take into account any other expenses you have incurred because of your accident.
Your broken nose compensation will include general damages, which will provide damages for the broken nose and any other injuries you have sustained as a result of your accident. This will be adjusted to take your age, gender and state of health into account, meaning that a younger healthy female may be entitled to more compensation than an older male who smokes, even if the injury sustained is identical. Loss of amenity may also be compensated if you have been unable to perform basic tasks or partake in social or leisure activities due to your injury.
Your broken nose compensation may include psychological damage caused by your injury, which could be due to the nature of the accident or the trauma that occurred while in recovery. Before this is included in your compensation, it must first be verified by a qualified psychiatrist.
There is the possibility that contributory negligence could affect your compensation if you were responsible for your accident or the extent of your injuries in any way, and can result in a decrease in the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. In order to verify if this may be a problem – or to determine the amount of broken nose compensation to which you could be entitled – you should consult a personal injury* solicitor at the earliest opportunity.