Facial Paralysis and Birth Injuries

Parents who are expecting a child typically have many concerns to deal with, whether it be preparing their home for the baby or learning about how to care for a newborn infant. For many parents, giving birth to their new child is at once exciting and daunting. Unfortunately, complications with the birth or errors made by medical professionals during the birth process may result in serious injuries to the infant or mother.

A commonly reported birth injury is facial paralysis, which may be temporary or may have lasting effects on the child’s health and well-being. Facial paralysis may be caused by a high birth-weight of the infant or can occur during the birth process if pressure is placed on certain bones in the face during childbirth.

When it comes to birth injuries, the use of forceps during delivery contributes to nearly 67%-91% of all birth trauma, including facial paralysis. If a doctor chooses to use forceps during delivery, it is essential that he or she take extra precautions to make sure the baby is not harmed during delivery. During childbirth, forceps can compress the bones over certain sections of the facial canal, sometimes causing paralysis of the nerves in the face.

For many parents, childbirth can be a very difficult process, even without unexpected complications. It is all the more difficult for parents to deal with injuries to their newborn baby during the birth process. In some cases, the parents may be forced to pay for medical procedures to correct the problem, or for physical therapy or other treatments. If your child has been injured due to a medical mistake made by a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, you may be eligible for compensation for present and future medical expenses and other damages.

It is the responsibility of medical professionals to perform their duties in a responsible manner and to be conscious of the effect their actions can have on their patient, especially when it comes to mistakes with treatment. If a newborn baby is injured during childbirth and the injury was caused by the delivering doctor, the parents of the child may be eligible to pursue legal action against the doctor or the practice.