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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.
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.
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.
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