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Facial Injuries in car accident case study

Our client, a 25-year-old woman, received £20,000 for the facial injury sustained in a road traffic accident in February 2008. She suffered whiplash but also broke her nose and the injury caused a significant nasal deformity and breathing difficulties. She underwent three corrective surgeries and a fourth was recommended to correct her cosmetic asymmetry and functional breathing problems.

Our client was a passenger on a bus in February 2008 which collided with a dumper type vehicle driven by an employee of the defendant when it drove on to a roundabout and into the path of the bus.

A claim was brought against the defendant alleging that the employee was negligent in failing to give way to the bus or allow it to pass the site exit on to the roundabout before emerging on to it.

Our client had a pre-existing history of asthma. The injury caused a significant nasal deformity and breathing difficulties. She underwent three nasal surgeries, and further reconstructive revision surgery by means of a cartilage graft. Our client suffered distress caused by the poor appearance of her nose following the surgeries. She had planned to get married in 2012 and the condition of her nose affected her confidence and the joy and expectation of her wedding.

Liability was admitted by the defendant and our client received damages in total of £20,000, to also take account of further surgery that she may need to have.