Based on the following sampling of case law, the range for general damages awarded for suffering from injuries to your nose as a result of an accident is between $2,952 – $122,653 [adjusted for 2023 inflation rates]. The general damage award amounts for each individual case below have not been adjusted for inflation. For your convenience, the Bank of Canada Inflation Calculator can be accessed here.
As described in our General Damages Guide, these awards are only for general damages which compensate you for your pain and suffering. There are other types of damages that you may be entitled to claim, such as lost income and medical care costs, depending on the circumstances of your case. To assess the total value of your injury claim, try our Injury Claim Calculator or book a free consultation.
The case law
- The plaintiff was a passenger in a rear end motor vehicle collision. She suffered a nose injury which required surgery and left her with difficulty breathing and a deformity, as well as pain in her neck, head, and back, and anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She received $100,000 in general damages.
- The 28-year-old plaintiff was racing along a highway when another vehicle turned in front of him. His thumb tore through his nose which required 28 stitches to fix and left him with some minor scarring. He also suffered pain in his knee, back, and ankle, bruising across his shoulder and stomach, dizziness, and nightmares. His injuries were capped at $8,916 as his injuries were not lasting. He was found 80% liable for the accident, and the damage award was therefore reduced to $2,500.
- The 15-year-old plaintiff was struck by a truck in a parking lot while bending over to pick up her dropped cell phone. She suffered 3 broken ribs, a collapsed lung, fractured clavicle, badly cut nose and hand torn down to tendon, lacerations to knees, hands, thigh, shoulder, back, abdomen. She spent 5 days in the hospital and had surgery to repair the lacerations. Scarring remained on her hands, knees, thigh, face, and nose which was permanently deformed as well. She developed anxiety and PTSD and was self-conscious about her appearance. She received $70,000 in general damages.
- The 72-year-old plaintiff was involved in a rear end motor vehicle collision in which she suffered nose swelling and a deviated septum, scrapes and bruises to her lip, abdomen, chest and inner arms, chronic pain in her back and neck, depression, loss of memory and other cognitive difficulties, and severe carpal tunnel syndrome. She received $85,000 in general damages.
- The 86-year-old plaintiff slipped and fell on a cardboard box that was in the aisle of The Real Canadian Superstore. She suffered a number of injuries, and the court assessed her general damage amounts for each injury separately. For her broken nose and black eyes, the court awarded $2,000. In addition to the amounts for her injuries to her wrist, hand, ribs, knee, and emotional distress, she received $1,000 for the loss of amenities and enjoyment of life. The total general damage award was $8,200.
- The 45-year-old plaintiff was struck by a car while walking across a crosswalk. He suffered a broken nose, knee injury, moderate whiplash to his neck and back, headaches, dizziness, and TMJ problems. He received $40,000 in general damages.
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