What can lead to a nose injury at work?
Nose injuries, for the most part, are synonymous with facial injuries. Nose injuries can be caused by various types of collision like going head first into a wall. Since the nose protrudes from the face, it is often the one that gets injured first and looks the worst. Fortunately, the majority of nose injuries aren’t serious, though they can put a person out of work.
When nose injuries are caused by negligence on the part of the company you work for or even your negligence it still merits compensation. You can seek compensation for injuries like a deviated septum, a broken nose or a fracture. A broken nose is painful, tends to bleed a lot can cause visible swelling.
What causes nose injuries?
- Generally, any kind of collision into a solid or hard surface will cause a noise injury.
- Being punched will also lead to damaged nose.
- Being hit by a machine is one of the leading causes of nose injuries in factories and construction sites.
- Working in industries like carpentry without proper facial gear can cause nose injuries from flying debris.
Most common injuries
What Compensation Can You Get for such Injury?
The noise isn’t an appendage that aids in working but an injured nose can make it impossible to work owing to the pain and swelling associated with it. That said nose injuries at work generally don’t lead to much time off as they are seen as being minor. However, in the event of instances such as a broken nose a worker will require a few weeks off from work to recuperate.
The Workers’ Compensation law states that regardless of the type of injury any leave more than five days recommended by the doctor is eligible for compensation. However, the actual amount a worker receives will vary depending on the extent of the injuries and the state’s policy. Though most workers can expect a partial salary during their time off.
Compensation for injury generally includes:
- Leave which is paid by the employer usually something around 2/3rd of their regular salary.
- Also, if the damage to the nose affects the person’s quality of life or their ability to work, they may receive a larger sum as compensation. Though it varies.
- The employer’s insurer will also cover medical expenses.
Process for claiming injury compensation
The first step is to report your injury to the supervisor or anyone in charge. Many employees make the mistake of not reporting the accident for fear of getting into trouble. It can especially be the case if it is their fault. If you don’t report the injury, the employer does not know it happened. Also, if it's your fault, the insurance company is still liable to pay compensation.
Claiming compensation for an injury will require that you follow a couple of steps:
- Get medical attention yet make sure to notify your supervisor.
- If required then make sure to fill out the forms for compensation. You should be able to get these forms from the HR department. However, if you are unable to owing to the extent of the injury, it is possible to get an attorney to handle it.
- You will also have to submit all the required medical documentation like x-rays etc.
Many people who are severely injured may opt to hire an attorney to handle everything. An injury can also cause vision impairment temporarily so an attorney can handle everything while you recover. Though you’ll need to make sure to hand over all the required documents and your written testimony to the attorney.
|Nose injury claim calculator|
|Simple nose fractures||$1900 to $2800|
|Displacement fracture||$2800 to $3600|
|Fractures that require some sort of surgery to fix||$4500to $25000|
|A complete loss of smell owing to the injury||$28000 to $37000|
|Note: All figures mentioned are approximates. Even if they are good in one jurisdiction, they may not be appropriate in another. And the facts of your situation may make these figures inappropriate for you. They are for informational purposes only.||-|
|Who can apply for compensation?|
Anyone who has injured their nose during working hours, and while working.
Anyone who has fallen face first on the floor and hurt their nose during work.
An employee who has been hit by a vehicle while working.
An employee whose nasal injury was caused because of their own negligence.