Cheekbone Fractures Claim *

Cheekbone injuries and fracture claims * can arise from an accident at work, on the road or in a public place *. Facial injuries can be quite common and can range in severity from cuts and bruises to nerve and eye injuries. One of the most common types of facial injuries would be injuries relating to the cheekbone, especially fractures. These injuries can be caused for many reasons in a number of different circumstances. In general, facial injuries can be quite severe and in some cases the recovery period can be quite long. The cheekbone is also known as the zygomatic or malar bone and this is one of the most common places to sustain an injury. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible for these injuries so as to avoid long-term issues. If you have sustained a cheekbone fracture which was caused by another person you may be entitled to pursue legal action.

Who is Liable?

Claims made for a broken cheekbone are processed through the Injuries Board as a personal injury claim *. An important first step in this claims process is determining who is liable for the cause of the injuries which you have sustained. In some cases it can be difficult to determine who is liable as this will depend on the circumstances in which your injury was sustained. The most common type of claims made for this are as a result of an accident at work, a road traffic accident, sports injuries or an accident in a public place.

Accident at Work

Liability for an accident at work may be placed on the employer if it is proven that the employer failed to show a reasonable level of duty of care or acted in a negligent manner towards the health and safety of their employees. They are responsible for providing a safe and hazardous free working environment and provide the tools necessary for a person to carry out their job at all times to ensure that risk of accident or injury is at a minimal. In order to do this they are required to;

  • Manage activities in a way which prioritises health and safety
  • Provide adequate training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to employees
  • Ensuring that working environment is practical for the work that is to be carried out

Failing to show a level of duty of care to their employees could result in accidents and injuries. If it can be shown that your employer did not have reasonable steps in place to ensure your safety then you may be entitled to pursue legal action.

Causes

  • Fall from a height
  • Slip and fall on a wet floor
  • Trip and fall due to poor or inadequate lighting
  • Struck by falling objects
  • Lack of training in the workplace
  • Inadequate or lack of personal protective equipment provided by the employer
  • Failure on the part of the employer to follow health and safety standards which lead to a hazardous working environment

Making a Claim

  1. Report the accident to your manager
  2. Ensure that your manager documents the incident in the workplace incident report book
  3. Take a picture of the scene of the accident, clearly showing the cause of the accident
  4. Take witness details
  5. Contact a workplace accident solicitor to discuss the next steps

Road Traffic Accident

Following a road traffic accident * it is important to determine who caused the accident. If it was another road user who failed to follow the rules of the road which led to the cause of an accident then they may be held liable for your injuries. It is important to note that these claims can also be made by passengers in a car who have sustained injuries following an accident. These claims can be made against the driver of the car you were travelling in or another road user. Following an accident it is important to gather as much evidence as possible, including the location of the accident and information relating to others involved also.

In a road traffic accident *, sudden trauma to the face during impact can cause cheekbone and other facial fractures. Common types of accidents that may lead to a cheekbone injury are:

Making a Claim

  1. Check yourself and other people involved in the accident to establish any injuries sustained
  2. Call an ambulance and Gardai immediately after the accident
  3. Take details of the person and car that caused the accident
  4. Take details any witnesses to the accident
  5. Take photos of the scene of the accident and your injuries
  6. Find out if there is any CCTV in the area that may have recorded the accident, if so, your solicitor can request a copy of this for you
  7. Contact a road traffic accident solicitor to discuss the next steps

Sports Injuries

Sports injuries * can be quite common and injuries to the face are commonly associated with this due to the physical nature of sport. As most people who participate in sport do so willingly it can often be difficult to prove if the injury was caused as a result of negligence of another party. However, managers and owners of sports clubs have a responsibility to ensure that there are procedures in place to ensure that injuries are not sustained. If it is found that a sports cub failed to show a reasonable level of duty of care they can be found liable.

Causes

  • Faulty machinery in a gym
  • Hazardous environment that led to the accident

Making a Claim

  1. Report the accident to the owner of the environment where the accident happened
  2. Take photos of your injuries as well as the scene of the accident, clearly showing its cause
  3. Seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident
  4. Contact a sports accident solicitor * to discuss your next steps

Accident in a Public Place

Depending on the location in which the accident occurred the owner/occupier or person/body responsible for the maintenance of the public place may be held liable. For those responsible for the upkeep of a public place, they have a duty of care to provide a clean, safe and hazard-free environment for any visitors. This extends to public footpaths, parks, playgrounds, supermarkets, shops, restaurants and other business where members of the public would visit. There should be a regard for health and safety at all times and there should be procedures and regulations in place to help prevent injuries from being sustained. Cheek fractures and other facial injuries tend to occur in slip and fall accidents in a public place. In these cases, it is advisable to take a picture of the scene of the accident and of your injuries and take any witness details before contacting a public liability solicitor.

Causes

Cheekbone injuries can be caused by many different aspects in a public place that is not kept to a standard that minimises the risk of accidents to its visitors. Some of the most common causes have been:

  • Slipping on a wet floor in a supermarket, restaurant or any other business premises
  • Trip and fall down/up a staircase as a result of broken handrails
  • Tip and fall due to inadequate lighting
  • Slip, trip or fall due to a hazardous footpath, playground or public park

Making a Claim

  • Take pictures of the scene of the accident, clearly showing the causes
  • Report the accident to the owner/occupier/manager of the premises where possible
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible following the incident
  • Contact a public liability solicitor and discuss your next steps

Cheekbone Fracture Symptoms

  • Severe Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruised cheekbone
  • Reduced mobility
  • Loss of sensation
  • Dislocation of Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE

Making a claim can be a daunting prospect, taking a simple first step and telling our personal injury solicitors * about your case can help get you started. If you would like to discuss any aspect of this article and for a confidential discussion, please call 01 649 9900 or email ask@traceysolicitors.ie to tell us about your case.

With over 30 years’ experience, Tracey Solicitors ensure not to overwhelm you with legal jargon and can provide you with legal advice and guidance with your best interest at heart, in a language that you can understand.

 



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