Bell’s Palsy Birth Injury Information from Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Share Information on Bell’s Palsy Birth Injuries Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


There are many possible types of birth injuries which could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice.  One type of potentially devastating birth injuries due to medical errors include a birth injury known as Bell’s Palsy.  This is a type of nerve injury which affects the facial nerves of a newborn.  It is rare that Bell’s Palsy is caused to a newborn other than through actions or inactions of a healthcare provider.  Usually these actions or inactions are due to the negligence of the healthcare provider.  While some of these actions may be unavoidable consequences of the labor and delivery process, other times these actions or inactions are preventable and reckless.  Our Portland birth injury lawyers share information on what Bell’s Palsy is, risks, damages, and why it could be Oregon medical malpractice.


What is Bell’s Palsy?


Bell’s Palsy is a type of birth injury affecting the nerves of a newborn.  The damage to the facial nerves which cause Bell’s Palsy are typically the seventh cranial nerve.  This means that Bell’s Palsy can cause drooling, excessive tearing or dry eyes (extremes), hearing sensitivity, one-sided smilies, loss of sense of taste, and other similar afflictions to the face and mouth.  This includes paralysis to some facial muscles, much how a stroke victim may sustain damage.


Causes of Facial Nerve Injuries Causing Birth Injuries from Oregon Medical Malpractice 


There are many possible causes of facial nerve injuries which could cause Bell’s Palsy.  This includes many careless, reckless, and preventable injuries.  These injuries could result in catastrophic harm to a newborn’s face.  This could result in long-lasting injuries.


Some of the most common causes of facial nerve injuries resulting in Bell’s Palsy include the following:


  • Excessive use or improper use of forceps;
  • Improper use or excessive use of vacuum extraction tools;
  • Failure to monitor for excessive contractions, and failure to remedy excessive contractions;
  • Too large a baby’s head for too small a pelvis could cause injuries and should be resolved with a c-section;
  • Failure to guard against infection and viruses that could injure or damage a baby’s nerves;
  • Overdose of medication which causes peripheral nerve damage; 
  • Cuts, lacerations, bruises, or other physical damage to the baby’s face; and
  • Many other causes.

Bell’s Palsy Could be Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice


A baby’s face is so delicate and precious, that healthcare providers must do everything in their power to protect it from harm and damage.  This includes proper monitoring of the baby and the mother to ensure there is no undue damage to the baby, especially the baby’s face, head, and neck.  The failure to do this could result in serious personal injury or even wrongful death to a baby.  When a baby’s face is unnecessarily injured, it could result in very serious nerve damage like Bell’s Palsy.


The families of victims who have Bell’s Palsy should ensure that they protect their rights and the rights of their loved ones.  This includes ensuring that Portland birth injury lawyers review and access whether Oregon medical malpractice caused serious facial nerve injuries to a newborn.


Ask our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers for Help with Any Potential Oregon Medical Malpractice


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


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