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Facial Palsy Compensation Claims

If your child has developed facial palsy or Bell’s palsy after birth because of medical negligence, it can have lifelong consequences. If this has happened to your family, JMW’s expert solicitors can help you claim compensation.

Our experienced clinical negligence team can put together a strong case based on your circumstances and will do everything we can to achieve the best possible outcome, while providing you with compassionate ongoing support and advice.

To find out more, call us today for a no-obligation chat on 0345 872 6666, or fill in our online contact form to request a call back at your convenience. We handle cases on a no win, no fee basis. 

How JMW Can Help

A birth injury that affects a newborn baby is extremely upsetting for everybody involved. We understand that you will feel concerned about your child's health and that you will want to seek compensation if you think medical negligence is the cause of their distress.

JMW’s team will listen sympathetically to you and explain clearly how the facial palsy compensation claim process works and what we can do on your behalf. We understand that this process can seem complex and daunting, which is why we will be available to support you at every stage.

The medical negligence team at JMW is highly regarded throughout the UK, and includes members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and the Law Society's specialist panel of clinical negligence solicitors.

How to Make a Facial Palsy Compensation Claim

If your child has been left with symptoms of Bell’s palsy as a result of medical negligence, it can result in symptoms that last a lifetime. Claiming for compensation can help you cover the cost of your child’s future care needs, while also ensuring that those responsible are properly held to account.

Seeking the help of an experienced law firm, such as JMW, to build a strong case will significantly improve your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. Our specialist solicitors will discuss the full details of your case with you, before consulting medical reports and speaking to independent experts to find evidence of clinical negligence.

We have many years of experience in helping clients who have experienced facial palsy as a result of negligence. 

We will work to obtain interim payments where possible to help pay for any immediate care requirements and will aim to settle the claim at the earliest opportunity to help your family move on.

FAQs

What are the symptoms of facial palsy?

Facial palsy is a condition characterised by weakness in the facial muscles, causing part of the face to droop or become paralysed. This is usually due to damage to the facial nerve, also known as the seventh cranial nerve, which is responsible for controlling the contraction of muscles connected to the eyebrows, eyelids and cheek muscles.

Bell's palsy is the most common form of facial palsy and accounts for 80% of all cases. It results in partial or complete paralysis of one half of the face, which in turn leads to severe and often lifelong symptoms, such as:

  • An inability to close one eye
  • Difficulty eating and involuntary salivation
  • Problems with speech
  • Impaired sense of taste

There are different degrees of facial paralysis, depending on the extent of the nerve damage. Sometimes only the lower half of the face is affected, whereas in other cases it will affect one side of the face, or the entire face.

When facial palsy results from birth trauma, it can present in the following ways:

  • The baby’s mouth does not pull down on both sides when crying, a condition known as asymmetric crying faces
  • The area below the eyes appears uneven when crying
  • One of the child’s eyelids may not close fully or blink normally
  • There is little or no movement on one side of the face

What are the causes of facial palsy?

There are a number of causes of facial palsy, including viral infections, bacterial causes, genetic syndromes and stroke. However, it can also be the result of birth trauma, which most often occurs when deliveries that require the use of forceps are not carried out correctly.

The pressure of the forceps blade on the baby’s head can cause damage to the facial nerve, causing some degree of facial palsy. In many cases these injuries are not severe, meaning the symptoms will resolve after a few months. However, in other instances, the effects are long-lasting and debilitating.

Medical professionals and midwives are trained in the use of forceps, but if fast action needs to be taken - for instance, if a baby experiences distress during birth and needs to be delivered quickly - then mistakes can easily be made.

How is facial palsy treated?

Treatment for facial palsy and Bell’s palsy depends on the nature and severity of the symptoms. Examples include:

  • A course of steroid-based medicine
  • Eyedrops and ointments to stop the affected eye drying out
  • Surgical tape to keep the eye closed at bedtime

Other treatments and therapies include a form of physical therapy, known as ‘facial retraining’, and surgery to relieve pressure on the facial nerve, although surgery is rarely recommended. Generally speaking, the affected child will need to be monitored by medical professionals for an extended period of time to determine how best to treat them.

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Our solicitors are experts at dealing with birth injury and facial palsy cases on a no win, no fee basis, and can demonstrate an excellent rate of success. Call us now on 0345 872 6666 to find out how to make a claim, or fill out an online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

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