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Bell’s palsy is one of the most common birth injuries in the UK. Although this issue can impact people much later in life, it commonly affects newborn babies and is often due to damage sustained during the birth. In most cases, this damage will recover in a few weeks or months – however, this facial paralysis birth injury can be extremely irritating to both the parents and the baby. If you’re looking to make Bell’s palsy compensation claims, you need a team of medical negligence professionals who can help you get the compensation you need.
Any difficult birth can lead to Bell’s palsy, particularly if the delivery required the use of forceps. If these forceps are not used correctly, it is possible that it can cause short-term facial paralysis and birth injury. Although medical professionals and midwives are trained in the correct use of this equipment, mistakes are easy to make. This is especially true in a medical emergency or if the baby is in distress during the procedure.
If you and your family have suffered due to medical negligence during the birthing process, leading to facial paralysis, then get in touch with the no-win, no-fee medical negligence claims experts at Tylers Solicitors. There are other difficult birth issues which can lead to facial paralysis, aside from Bell’s Palsy, so it’s important that you get reliable medical negligence advice from a team of professionals before making any compensation claims.
What is Bell’s Palsy in Children?
If forceps were used incorrectly during the difficult birth, then facial paralysis is a possibility. The facial nerve can be damaged at the time of delivery, which can cause short-term paralysis until the damage heals. This paralysis normally affects the muscles around the eye and mouth. If only one side of the facial muscles were weakened, then it is common to see a child’s mouth pulled to the functioning side when the baby cries.
Other Causes of Facial Paralysis in Newborn Children?
In addition to Bell’s palsy because of medical negligence during a difficult birth, facial paralysis can also occur in the mother’s womb or immediately after birth. It is possible that the facial nerve can be compressed within the womb.
There is the risk that facial paralysis and birth injury palsy can be developed in the same way as an adult would develop it – thanks to a viral infection, HIV or bacterial infections. Any of these issues, which may not be due to medical negligence, can also result in the same illness.
Eye Damage and Changes from Bell’s Palsy
There is the risk that this condition can result in short or long-term damage and changes to the child’s eye. If the affected facial nerve causes the eyelid to sag, then it may be impossible to close effectively. There is also the risk of an ectropion, which is an outward turning of the eyelid. Not only can this cause the eye to constantly water, but it can make it nearly impossible for the child to sleep properly.
This can cause a great deal of distress when trying to sleep and throughout the day. They eye itself can also become irritated and red, which will also cause the child’s vision to blur. These changes are normally repaired when the palsy ends, but there is the risk of long-lasting damage occurring during this time.
How is Bell’s Palsy Treated in Children?
Some of the most common kinds of treatment for both children and adults include osteopathic manipulation. Face massages and the application of heat to reduce pain from the affliction are other popular methods of managing the issue.
There is also the physical therapy option, known as facial retraining. This can help the person to regain control of their facial nerve and strengthen any muscles which have suffered damage throughout the palsy. In some cases, there is a surgical option to relieve pressure on the facial nerve. However, due to the potential risks for both children and adults, the surgical alternative is rarely recommended.
Can I Make Bell’s Palsy Compensation Claims?
If your child has suffered from Bell’s palsy either due to medical negligence damage from a difficult birth or an infection from within the hospital, then you could be entitled to make a compensation claim against the hospital responsible. No-win, no-fee medical negligence claims can be essential when it comes to helping your child and family deal with the consequences of Bell’s palsy.
It is up to your medical professional to make sure that they use all equipment correctly, even during a difficult birth. If you feel like they have displayed medical negligence in their treatment of you and your family, contact our team of no-win, no-fee solicitors today.
Choose Tylers Solicitors for No-Win, No-Fee Birth Injury Compensation Claims
At Tylers Solicitors, we are proud to offer a wide range of no-win, no-fee medical negligence claims for all kinds of families. Whether your child has suffered a birth injury due to medical negligence during a difficult delivery, or because of any kind of infection while in hospital, you could be entitled to make compensation claims.
For more information on our no-win, no-fee legal services, don’t hesitate to contact our team today. You can reach our no-win, no-fee specialists by calling us today on 0800 699 0079. Alternatively, you can send any queries you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you at a time that is convenient to you.