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Facial nerve paralysis in a newborn is a scary ordeal

In our previous blog post, we discussed the fact that some birth assistance devices, including vacuum extractors and forceps, can cause injuries to the baby and the mother. One of the possible injuries that can occur is a facial nerve injury. While a this type of injury is likely to go away within a few months, we understand how frightening it is to see your newborn unable to control the movements on the affected side of the face.

A newborn who has facial nerve paralysis will have to be closely monitored to determine the status of the condition. Additionally, many newborns have to undergo testing to determine if there is an underlying cause of the condition. All of that can mean parents have to come out-of-pocket for unexpected medical expenses at a time when finances might be tight due to unpaid parental leaves.

We know that parents just want what is best for their children. If your baby is exhibiting signs of facial nerve paralysis, including trouble opening and closing the eye on the affected side, a lopsided smile or bruising, seeking medical care for baby is vital. Once you have gotten a diagnosis, our attorneys can present you with the legal options available to pursue financial compensation for your little one's injury.

When you contact us, we will review your case and the circumstances surrounding the birth. We can subpoena witnesses, consult with experts to refute defendants' testimony and vigorously pursue justice on behalf of your child for any injuries, disfigurement or disabling conditions caused by the negligence of health care providers during childbirth..

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