Bell’s Palsy

What Is Bell’s Palsy?

Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes a single side of the face to become completely or partially paralyzed. In many cases, Bell’s palsy results after a virus causes swelling in the nerves that control movement and sensation in the face.  However, it can also appear following a severe head trauma.

The Signs of Bell’s Palsy

When a child develops Bell’s Palsy, the child will lose feeling and function in one side of the face.  The child’s face may droop noticeably, and he or she may not be able to blink properly.  In severe cases, the child may also drool and have trouble feeding.

Many children regain normal function in their face with time.  However, in some cases, the paralysis associated with Bell’s palsy is permanent.  Children with permanent paralysis may have trouble learning to speak, and they may not be able to make appropriate facial expressions.  They may also experience problems eating and drinking.

A Bell’s Palsy Lawyer

Doctors are certainly not always at fault when a child develops Bell’s palsy.  However, in some cases, the doctor may have caused the condition during delivery.  Since Bell’s palsy may occurs as a result of head trauma, doctors who use forceps, vacuums or too much brute force during delivery can cause the condition.  Likewise, if Bell’s palsy occurs because of a virus that the doctor failed to recognize or treat properly, he or she may be responsible for any lasting damage the condition causes to your child’s face.

If your child developed Bell’s palsy after birth, the best way to find out whether you are entitled to compensation is to consult a birth injury lawyer.   The lawyer can review your child’s medical files to determine whether the condition could have been prevented or was directly caused by the actions of medical personnel.  If the lawyer finds the doctor to be at fault, he or she can file a lawsuit on your behalf to recover damages.  Depending on the severity of the doctor’s neglect, you may receive compensation for medical costs and/or noneconomic damages.

Find a Bell’s Palsy Lawyer

To find the best Bell’s palsy lawyer for your case, you should research the lawyers in your area carefully and compare them based on their track record.  We are the first website of our kind to publish real statistics from actual court cases.  We total all of the lawsuits filed by lawyers to determine who has the best track record and who has the most experience.  It’s crucial, when searching for a birth injury lawyer to get someone who has experience.

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