In our guide below, we’ll talk you through the process of claiming compensation for a broken cheekbone injury. Breaking any bone can be a frustrating process, and a fracture to your cheekbone is no exception.
You might have suffered from a broken cheekbone following an accident that wasn’t your fault. A broken or fractured cheekbone can be the result of accidents in a public place, at work or a road traffic accident. If your injury is the result of a third party’s negligence, then as long as they owed you a duty of care in which they breached, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim for your broken cheekbone injury.
Below, you’ll find all the information you need to start the process of claiming compensation for a broken cheekbone injury. For free legal advice, you can call our helpful team on 0161 696 9685. You can also contact us using our online form or by using the chat feature in the bottom right corner of this screen.
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- A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Broken Cheekbone Injury
- What Is A Broken Cheekbone Injury?
- How Can You Suffer A Broken Cheekbone Injury At Work?
- Broken Cheekbone Injury In A Public Place
- Can A Road Traffic Accident Cause A Broken Cheekbone Injury?
- Let Us Calculate Your Personal Injury Compensation
- What Are Special Damages?
- Case Study: £18,000 For A Broken Cheekbone Injury
- Free Legal Advice To Value Your Case
- Criteria For No Win No Fee Claims
- Get Free Legal Advice From Our Team
- More Resources And Guides On Broken Cheekbone Injuries
- Broken Cheekbone Injury FAQs
When you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, the costs associated with recovery can quickly add up. But it’s not fair to expect you to take on the expenses associated with getting better when the injuries were due to someone else’s negligence.
Being injured in an accident can be frustrating, especially if the accident wasn’t your fault. But it’s not always clear where responsibility for an injury lies. Our explanation of duty of care and how to spot a breach of duty will help you determine who’s responsible.
Recovering from an injury can be an expensive process. But claiming the compensation you’re entitled to needn’t be an extra financial burden. If you call our advisors they will assess your case for free to determine if it has a chance of being awarded compensation. If it has they will connect you to our panel of personal injury solicitors that could take on your case on using a No Win No Fee agreement.
Your cheekbone is the part of your skull that supports and protects your eyeball. It connects to the side of your nose and your upper jaw.
A fracture to your cheekbone can be very painful as it is used constantly when using your mouth. If the fracture in your cheekbone is unstable, the bones are no longer in position and it may need surgery to heal properly.
Your surgeon would make a cut near your eyebrow, lower eyelid, on the side of your scalp or on your gum, above your teeth. This incision allows them to move the cheekbone back into position. Sometimes, screws or plates might need to be inserted to keep the bone in position as it heals.
Occasionally, a fracture to your cheekbone will also break the floor of your eye socket, which will also need to be treated. If this is the case, then your surgeon will make a cut on your lower eyelid during surgery to realign the bone.
If the floor of your eye socket is shattered, it mightn’t support your eyeball properly even if moved back into place. In this case, a graft may need to be used to rebuild the floor of your socket. This is usually a piece of titanium or plastic.
Usually, a cheekbone fracture will heal within six weeks. You may need to take some time off work if your job is particularly active. Be careful not to injure your face again while it’s healing.
Being involved in an accident at work is more likely than you might imagine. In fact, 65,427 injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR in 2019/2o. So it’s important that you know what to do in the event that you’re injured while working.
Slips, trips and falls account for 29% of non-fatal workplace accidents reported in 2019/20. If you trip or fall and strike your face as you land, this kind of accident could cause a cheekbone fracture. Falling and breaking your cheekbone as a result of someone else’s negligence could result in a workplace accident claim.
11% of non-fatal workplace accidents in the above time period involved being struck by a falling or moving object. If you’re struck on your cheekbone, then this could cause the bone to fracture.
What Is An Employer’s Duty Of Care?
According to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, your employer needs to make sure that you can do your job safely. There are certain steps they need to take to ensure your safety in the workplace.
Section 2 of the act outlines your employer’s responsibilities to you and what they should be doing to reduce your risk of harm. To adhere to this health and safety legislation your employer may;
- Regular risk assessments where hazards can be removed or minimised
- Providing proper training and supervision
- Making sure all equipment is properly maintained and that any PPE needed for the role is provided
- Maintaining good housekeeping, such as mopping up spills and ensuring that walkways are free from obstructions
How Can My Employer Breach Their Duty Of Care?
If your employer fails to provide safety in the workplace and you’re injured as a result, this would constitute a breach of duty of care. It’s important that your employer adheres to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 as accidents in the workplace can come about in a number of ways.
Many hazards in the workplace can be identified and removed through risk assessments. This includes the possibility of slipping on surfaces that are unsafe to walk on, or tripping on wires that are obstructing your path.
Being struck by a moving object could also cause you to fracture your cheekbone. This is particularly true if you’re hit in your face, or if you’re pushed into something that causes trauma to your cheek.
If you’ve been hit by a moving object, it could be because a piece of machinery was faulty. It might also be that someone was using equipment that they weren’t properly trained to use. If this is the case, you might be entitled to make a work accident claim.
When accidents in a public place occur, you might think that there’s no third party to take responsibility. In fact, someone holds a duty of care to you even when you’re browsing a shop or spending time at the gym.
The person or party in control of the public space has a duty of care to you. They should take all reasonable steps to ensure that you can use the space free from risk of avoidable harm. If you’re injured in a public place because someone’s neglected their duty of care to you, then you could pursue a public liability claim.
The Duty Of Care Of Those In Control Of Public Spaces
The Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 outlines the responsibilities that someone in control of a public place has to keep visitors safe. The person with a duty of care to you is known as the occupier.
The occupier should be someone who could have reasonably predicted that the accident could have happened. They also need to have the power to take steps to remove hazards in the space
How Can This Duty Be Breached?
If there’s a leak in a gym that you attend, and it isn’t cleaned up or at least signposted in a timely manner, it would be a hazard. Falling and breaking your cheekbone as a result of this could be grounds for a public liability claim.
It’s also important that any equipment in a public space is maintained and safe for you to use. If you injure yourself on playground equipment that was faulty and you’ve broken your cheekbone as a result, you might be able to claim compensation.
Being involved in a road traffic accident can be a stressful experience. And when you’ve broken your cheekbone as a result of the accident, the healing process can really take its toll.
If you’ve broken your cheekbone as the result of a car accident, it’s probably because you’ve suffered from some trauma to your face. This could be your face hitting your steering wheel, dashboard or the driver’s side window. If another vehicle hits you from behind, head-on, or from the side, the resulting force can be enough to break your cheekbone.
Cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are classed as vulnerable road users, as they’re more likely to be injured in RTAs than those driving vans and cars. They’re more susceptible to injury in a road traffic accident because they’re not protected by a metal frame.
Duty Of Care Of Road Users
When we’re on the road, we all have a duty of care to one another to minimise the risk of harm to ourselves and other road users. This is outlined in The Highway Code, which all road users should follow.
Every driver is expected to adhere to the standards of skill and care of the average motorist. There are no allowances made for inexperienced drivers.
How Can A Road User Breach Their Duty Of Care?
Adhering to The Highway Code is really important for ensuring that all road users are safe. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of duty of care and can easily cause accidents that result in injury.
It’s important that you take note of weather conditions and act accordingly to ensure the safety of yourself and others on the road. You should double your stopping distance in wet weather conditions to prevent hitting the vehicle in front, which could result in a road traffic accident claim.
It’s not just drivers who need to make sure they’re paying proper attention to the road to avoid injury. In 2019, 6,646 accidents caused by pedestrians failing to look properly. Remember, it’s the responsibility of all road users to act with the care and attention necessary to prevent accidents.
When you’re injured in an accident, the recovery process can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. Sometimes the injuries you sustain can affect you for the rest of your life.
The general damages head of a claim is the part that compensates you for the pain and suffering you’ve endured as a result of your injury. It will also cover the impact that your injuries have had on your quality of life.
General damages are based on where on your body you’ve sustained your injury, how serious it is and what the outcome for your injuries are in the long term. If you make a claim, you’ll be invited to a medical assessment. Here, a doctor will confirm that your injuries were caused by your accident.
If you’d like free legal advice around making a claim for a broken cheekbone injury, then get in touch with our team today.
Special damages are the part of your claim that could compensate you for any expenses you’ve incurred because of your injury. It’s very important that you provide evidence for these expenses so they can be included in your settlement amount. You should keep any bills, receipts and invoices for anything you’ve had to pay because of your injuries.
If you’ve had to pay for any medications, treatment or in-home care then these costs can be included in your claim under special damages. You can also claim for any changes you’ve needed to make to your home as a result of your injuries, for example, if you’ve had to install a stairlift or handrails to help you move around.
Ashley, a professional hockey coach, was driving to work. She was travelling down a road when another driver failed to stop at a Give Way sign and crashed into the side of her car.
The force of the crash caused Ashley’s face to hit her window. She immediately felt pain in her right cheek, and her nose began to bleed. She and the other driver exchanged information and she took herself to a hospital to be assessed.
At the hospital, X-rays confirmed that Ashley’s cheekbone had fractured in two places. The bones had moved out of place, so surgery would be needed.
Because of her injuries, Ashley sought legal advice. She decided to make a compensation claim for her injuries.
After The Accident
Following the crash, Ashley was nervous about getting behind the wheel again so relied on taxis to get her to and from the hospital for surgery and follow up appointments.
Ashley needed to take time off work. Her surgeon had also advised her that she shouldn’t play contact sports for twelve weeks. This meant that even when she was able to return she had to reduce her hours.
Since the accident, Ashley had felt a prickling sensation that spread from the side of her nose to her top lip. This got worse following surgery. Her doctor advised that she was suffering from paraesthesia caused by a damaged nerve. Ashley’s paraesthesia ended up being permanent.
The surgery had also left Ashley with some scarring on her hairline and below her eye, which made her feel self-conscious. She decided to undergo a session of laser treatment to reduce the appearance of the scarring.
|Types of Special Damages||Includes||How Much?|
|Travel expenses||Taxis to and from hospital appointments||£250|
|Medications/prescriptions||Laser treatment for scarring, prescriptions for painkillers and antibiotics||£750|
|Future Loss||Loss of earnings||£3000|
We can see from the table above that the injuries Ashley sustained after her accident cost her £4,000. When we add this to the damages she received for the type and severity of her injury, we can see that the claim was settled for £18,000.
Ashley’s case is an example. It is for illustrative purposes only. It is based on our past experiences of claims.
If you’ve been injured in an accident and are unsure of how much your claim is worth, you might find yourself searching things like ‘how much compensation can I claim for a facial injury?’ online. These kinds of searches may bring up a personal injury claims calculator. But these kinds of calculators rarely give an accurate value.
Because your claim valuation is so dependent on the type of injury and the impact that being injured has had on you, it’s impossible to give a concrete valuation of your claim without more information from you. But if you get in touch with our team, we can help. Our advisers can connect you with our expert panel of personal injury solicitors. For free legal advice, or to chat with someone about making a claim, contact our team today.
As we’ve already seen, recovering from an accident can be an expensive process. Many people who want to have a solicitor pursue their case for them worry about the costs of legal representation. No Win No Fee agreements mean that:
- You won’t be asked to pay solicitor fees before your claim begins
- If your claim isn’t successful, your solicitor won’t ask you to cover their costs
- Successful claims will mean a small, legally capped success fee gets deducted from your compensation amount.
If you’d like free legal advice surrounding No Win No Fee agreements, get in touch with our team today.
If you’d like to talk to someone about making a claim for a broken cheekbone injury, then get in touch with our team today by
- calling on 0161 696 9685
- chatting to us at the bottom right of this page
- filling out our online form
- NHS guide: How do I know if I’ve broken a bone?
- Making a No Win No Fee claim
- Claiming compensation against a local authority
- How to claim for a car accident caused by snow or ice
- NHS guide: When to visit an urgent treatment centre
- Reporting a health and safety issue at work
How do you know if your cheekbone is broken?
If you fracture your cheekbone, you’ll usually notice pain and swelling in the area. This could be accompanied by problems with your vision and numbness under the eye on the injured side.
Can a broken cheekbone heal itself?
If the cheekbone fracture is stable, surgery may not be necessary. More complex fractures, or ones that require a graft, may need surgery.
How long does a broken cheekbone take to heal?
It depends on how severe the fracture is.
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