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It can be one of the most painful injuries imaginable. And of course it's right in the middle of your face. A broken nose can be an expensive injury as well, between immediate medical care, missed time at work, and any reconstructive surgery that might be necessary.
Generally speaking, a broken nose can either be the result of an accident, or an intentional act. And in either case you may be able to sue for your injuries. Here's a look at how.
Broken by Battery
Yes, you can sue someone for beating you up. So if you're broken nose was the result of a fight, or even a person being reckless, you may be able to sue for battery. Though some state laws can vary, battery is generally defined as the intentional touching of another person in a harmful or offensive manner, without consent, and battery claims have four elements:
Proving these elements may be easier in some cases, like being in a fight, than in others, like being pushed down in a crowd.
Broken by Accident
Even if your broken nose was an accident, you may still be able to sue. Personal injury lawsuits are generally negligence claims, which are also premised on four main elements:
Again, proving each element of a negligence case can be more complicated than it seems. To find out if you can sue for your broken nose, you may want to consult an experienced personal injury attorney.