How to Value a Broken Nose or Nasal Bone Fracture Claim
Like any broken bone injury claim, various types of personal injury accidents can result in a broken nose or fractured nose. Car accidents and trip, slip and falls are two common types of accident cases that may give rise to claims for broken noses.
Regardless of how the nasal fracture or broken nose accident occurs, you are probably asking:
- How are damages calculated?
- Is a broken nose injury claim handled in the same way as other injury claims?
- Do you need a Kansas City personal injury attorney to handle your claim for a broken nose?
If you need answers to these questions and other questions involving an injury claim, contact our office for a free consultation with a Kansas City personal injury lawyer. You can get the answers you need about an injury case from an experienced attorney without obligation or charge.
What Compensation is Available in a Case Involving a Broken Nose?
If another party’s negligence or wrongdoing caused your broken nose, you might be entitled to compensation for the injury, including compensation for a variety of damages and losses. The compensation you might receive depends on several factors including:
- The type of injury to the nose, the location of the injury, and the severity of the nose injury;
- Whether liability is clear or disputed;
- The amount of financial damages incurred because of the injury;
- Whether you could be partially responsible for causing the accident that resulted in your broken nose;
- The amount of insurance coverage available in your case; and,
- Whether the broken nose caused permanent damage or impairment.
How to Prove Liability in a Broken Nose Injury Case
Proving fault for the accident is crucial for recovering compensation for a broken nose. You cannot recover compensation for a broken nose if you cannot prove that another party caused the accident that resulted in your broken nose. Furthermore, if the other party can prove that you were partially at fault for the cause of the accident, your compensation can be reduced by the percent of fault assigned to you for causing the accident.
Therefore, the first step in determining a fair settlement for a broken nose claim is proving fault. A Kansas City personal injury attorney performs a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident and identify the responsible party or parties. Obtaining evidence proving fault is essential. An attorney might take several steps to obtain evidence proving fault including:
- Document the accident scene
- Obtain copies of police reports and accident reports
- Talk to your physicians and medical providers about your symptoms
- Search for videos of the accident, including surveillance videos and traffic camera feeds
- Interview eyewitnesses
- Talk to medical experts and accident reconstruction experts
Once fault is determined and evidence is obtained proving liability, an attorney must then document damages and calculate the value of your claim.
Calculating the Value of a Broken Nose Claim
To ensure a fair settlement for a broken nose, a broken bone or nasal fracture attorney will document the damages caused by the broken nose. Damages common in a broken nose claim include:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Physical pain
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Permanent disability and impairment
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life
Some of the damage caused by a broken nose is easier to document, such as the cost of medical care and the loss of income resulting from the broken nose. However, noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering, are subjective.
Each Broken Bone Case Is Unique
Each injury and case are unique. You cannot base your suffering and settlement on another case involving a broken nose. Some of the factors that can increase the settlement for a broken nose are scarring, disfigurement, and permanent disability. Also, if you anticipate future damages, such as ongoing medical treatment or future loss of income, the value of your claim may increase.
An experienced Kansas City broken bone injury attorney understands how to use the evidence in your case to maximize the value of your claim. He also understands the legal requirements for proving fault and liability. All those factors combine to determine whether a settlement offer by the insurance company is fair and just for your case.
If we believe the insurance company is acting in bad faith or offering a settlement that is unfair and unreasonable, we may suggest that you consider filing a personal injury lawsuit to protect your right to fair compensation for a broken nose.
An Experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help With a Broken Nose Claim
To request more information or to schedule a free consultation with a Kansas City personal injury lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin J. McManus by calling 816-203-0143.
Don’t let an insurance claims adjuster convince you that you do not need to talk to an attorney before accepting a settlement. You have the legal right to consult with legal counsel before accepting any settlement offer from an insurance provider or other party.