Can you get workers’ compensation for a broken nose?

When you’re working, there are plenty of hazards that could result in you getting hurt. Falling objects, flying debris and even your coworkers or clients could put you at risk of injury.

One common workplace injury is a broken nose. It’s possible to break your nose by falling or being hit by an object. Sometimes, a broken nose may be a result of violence in the workplace.

Fortunately, workers’ compensation should cover any injury you suffer at work so long as you did not cause it intentionally. If your nose was broken because you were attacked or because something fell and hit you, you should seek out compensation and the medical attention you need.

Common causes of broken noses

Common causes of broken noses include:

  • Getting into physical altercations
  • Contact sports
  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falling objects

The symptoms of a broken nose may include pain and tenderness, bleeding from the nose, trouble breathing through your nose and a misshapen nose. You may notice that the area around the eyes starts to turn black from blood, essentially giving you one or two black eyes from the trauma to your nose.

While many nose fractures heal on their own, it’s still a good idea to see a medical professional. There can be complications from this kind of injury, such as difficulty breathing, that have to be addressed. In some cases, a broken nose could also be a symptom of a more serious injury such as a head or neck injury. If you see clear fluid draining from the nose or have a severe headache, it’s important to be checked for a brain injury, too.

Seek medical care and get the help you need

Whether you were hurt while driving for work or you were attacked on the job, you deserve an opportunity to seek medical care and to receive compensation to reimburse you for time off work. Talk to your employer about seeking workers’ compensation if you believe you’ve broken your nose or have other facial injuries. Workers’ compensation should help you cover your care, so you can focus on recovering without worrying about your finances.

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