In many cases, a doctor can prevent Bell’s Palsy from occurring during birth along with other conditions related to nerve damage that can occur during birth. If a doctor or other medical care professional fails to protect a baby from a serious, preventable injury—or worse, causes the injury—this may be medical negligence and grounds for…
What is Infant Bell’s Palsy?
Bell’s palsy is a disorder that causes the facial muscles to weaken or become paralyzed. It typically begins suddenly and grows worse over the course of three to five days. Bell’s palsy is the result of damage to the seventh cranial nerve, and the pain or discomfort that patients experience is usually on one side of the head or face.
Causes of Infant Bell’s Palsy
Bell’s palsy can be congenital—present at birth as a result of delivery traumas or genetic diseases—or acquired. Most of the time, the cause of infant Bell’s palsy is unknown, but a difficult delivery, either with forceps or without them, can lead to the condition. Some factors that can cause this birth injury are:
- Long pregnancy or labor
- Use of an epidural during labor
- Use of medicine to cause labor and stronger contractions, intended to speed up the labor
- Large baby size
How a Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help Your Claim
If your child’s doctor did not maintain the proper standard of care and your child received a birth injury that caused infant Bell’s palsy, you may be entitled to damages. A birth injury lawyer can evaluate your case and explain what your options are for recovering damages.
The lawyer can find experts to testify to any negligence that occurred during delivery and negotiate with the insurance company’s lawyers on your behalf. Contact the team at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529. We can connect you with a birth injury lawyer in your state who can go to work right away preparing your case.
Bell’s palsy can cause temporary weakness or paralysis in the facial muscles. While it can occur at any age, it can occur in newborns and may lead to permanent issues if not treated. In most cases, Bell’s Palsy is diagnosed in newborns via a doctor noticing the symptoms, which include facial drooping, drooling, changes in…
How long Bell’s palsy lasts is dependent on your specific child. Usually, though, the temporary paralysis of facial muscles lasts between 3 and 6 months. Symptoms may include a droopy face, crooked smile, the inability to keep one eye open, dry eye, and pain behind the ear, headache, loss of taste, and difficulty eating. In…