Bell’s palsy is a medical condition caused by inflammation of a facial nerve that can cause temporary or permanent facial paralysis. Treatment options are available to newborns with Bell’s palsy and specific types of treatment will depend on the cause of the inflammation. Steroids, anti-viral medication, eye drops or ointments, physical therapy, massage, or, in rare instances, cosmetic surgery can be utilized.
While the causes of Bell’s palsy are not entirely understood, several factors are believed to contribute to the condition. These may include trauma to the face or neck and exposure to certain viruses including the herpes virus. Individuals with diabetes or a recent upper respiratory infection may have a higher risk of suffering from Bell’s palsy.
In most cases, Bell’s palsy is a mild condition that subsides after a few weeks. In rare situations, the condition may cause more severe complications, including permanent paralysis of the facial muscles, involuntary contraction of facial muscles, or partial or complete blindness in one eye.
Filing Birth Injury Lawsuits
If your newborn suffered from Bell’s palsy, the doctor should be able to diagnosis and treat the condition quickly. Failure to do so could result in life-long complications. In addition, some infants may suffer from Bell’s palsy due to a birth injury.
Depending on the details of your case, your family may be eligible to pursue compensation through a birth injury lawsuit. If your newborn did not receive adequate treatment or if you believe medical malpractice caused your child’s Bell’s palsy, a birth injury lawyer can help your family pursue compensation.
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group is committed to helping families suffering from Bell’s palsy seek the compensation they deserve. Call for a free consultation at (800) 222-9529.
How a Birth Injury Lawyer Can Assist You with Your Lawsuit
When your child sustains a birth injury, it can be traumatic for your family. You may not know what impact this condition will have on your child’s life. In addition, you may be facing medical bills you should not have to pay.
A birth injury lawyer can help your family seek the compensation you deserve, and possibly protect another family from the same situation. Your birth injury lawyer can help in the following ways:
- Gather medical reports and other evidence to support your lawsuit
- Speak with medical professionals to better understand the long-term impact on your child’s life
- Calculate the full amount of your family’s losses
- Build a case to seek compensation based on evidence
- Negotiate with the insurance company for a settlement
- Represent your family’s interests in a court of law
- Fight for your family’s right to a fair settlement
A birth injury can turn the otherwise joyous occasion of a child’s birth into a nightmare. You want a birth injury team that understands the challenges your family is facing and is committed to fighting for your rights. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 to discuss your potential birth injury lawsuit.
Damages Your Family May Recover in a Birth Injury Lawsuit
In many cases, Bell’s palsy is a relatively minor condition that subsides after a few weeks. However, that is not always the case. Johns Hopkins reports that it can take 3 to 6 months for facial muscles to return to normal, in some cases. Treatment options are available to newborns with Bell’s palsy, and your infant may need to utilize some form of it—no matter how severe or mild their symptoms are.
You may recover the cost of medical care your infant required, in addition to other losses, such as:
- Medical or accessibility devices in the case of permanent disability, such as blindness
- Lost wages, if parents or caregivers are forced to miss time at work due to treatments
- Pain and suffering for the physical pain the child was forced to endure
- Loss of quality of life, if the victim suffers from long-term symptoms as a result of Bell’s palsy
Keep in mind that the details of your unique case can impact the final amount your family is eligible to recover. Your lawyer can review the details of your child’s injury and provide more information about the damages you might recover.
Contact a Birth Injury Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation
Preparing for the birth of a child is an exciting time for families. You deserve to seek compensation when that experience is marred by the mistakes of a health care professional. Your child’s suffering should not be taken lightly.
Your birth injury lawyer will be there to walk you through the legal process and hold the medical professionals liable for their mistakes. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529 to speak to a member of the team.