Every parent hopes for a healthy child without birthing complications. Unfortunately, sometimes problems during labor and delivery arise and a baby is born with a birth injury. For instance, in some cases, the pressure placed on a newborn’s facial nerve during labor and delivery can cause facial paralysis in the infant. Although the cause of the paralysis is usually unknown, it can be caused by a prolonged difficult delivery or the use of forceps during delivery. In some cases, medical malpractice and negligence can cause facial paralysis. The Chicago area birth injuries attorneys at Ankin Law Offices can help you determine whether your child’s facial paralysis was the result of medical malpractice.
A newborn experiencing facial paralysis usually displays muscle weakness around his or her lips when he or she cries, but facial paralysis may also be evidenced by an eyelid that does not close, uneven lower facial structure or mouth movements when crying, or in severe cases, no movement at all on the affected side of the face.
In most cases, facial paralysis will resolve itself on its own but in some cases, physical therapy may be needed. In any event, a newborn with facial paralysis should be closely monitored.
If your child has suffered facial paralysis that you believe may be the result of medical malpractice, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
Ankin Law Offices has extensive knowledge of Illinois personal injury law, including medical malpractice claims, and we have experience handling matters involving a wide range of birth injuries, such as facial paralysis, cerebral palsy and bone fractures. If you or your child has suffered from facial paralysis, contact our office today to discuss your legal rights and remedies.