When you think about injuries people can get in a motor vehicle accident, the ones that come to mind right away are probably the most obvious. Someone in a crash could have damage to their spine, head, neck, legs or arms.
But a collision can be so violent and impactful that you can easily sustain other physical injuries. You could break your nose if your face slams into the steering wheel, dashboard, or windshield. Not only is that painful, but it can also interfere with your breathing and affect your appearance.
How can you tell if you broke your nose?
The best way to know is by having a doctor look at it. According to WebMD, “it’s the most common type of facial injury.”
There are some characteristic signs that you can watch for:
- You experience nasal discomfort
- Your nose bleeds
- It’s hard to inhale and exhale normally
- You notice an odd noise if you gently manipulate your nose
- Your nose leaks mucus
- There is noticeable bruising under your eyes
Seek immediate medical care
If you have these difficulties, get seen right away by a medical professional: fainting, a colorless liquid emanating from your nose, neck discomfort, breathing difficulty, vomiting, an excruciating headache or nasal bleeding that does not let up. These could indicate serious problems.
A nasal injury can be severe
This kind of injury can affect you in many ways, some of which can be major. If you are injured in a motor vehicle crash, depending on the circumstances of the collision, you may be eligible for compensation.