Infant Facial Paralysis Due to Minnesota Medical Malpractice

Infant Facial Paralysis Caused by Minnesota Medical Malpractice: Minneapolis / St. Paul Medical Malpractice Attorney Explains Liability and Your Rights


Your face is the first thing that most people will notice about you.  It demonstrates your characteristics and demeanor.  Emotions are very powerful form of communication and your face really tells a story in doing that.  Even animals such as cats and dogs use your facial expressions to gauge your mood.  This is why facial paralysis can be so damaging to a person.  When that facial paralysis is caused to a newborn due to medical malpractice, it is catastrophic.


What is Facial Paralysis


Facial paralysis is a medical condition where the cranial nerves are damaged to the point where they do not function properly anymore.  This could be due to a complete tear or avulsion, meaning the ends of the nerves due to match up together and send signals to the brain.  Or this could be due to a stretch or tear which effects how efficiently the nerves communicate between the face and the brain.


Nerves in the face are very sensitive for either an adult or a child.  These nerves sense pressure, temperature, moisture, pain, and other measures just like other nerves throughout the body.  However, facial nerves are more delicate than other nerves and they are very sensitive.  If these nerves are put through harsh conditions or are severed or strained, it can result in serious damage.


Liability in Facial Paralysis Cases of Minneapolis, Minnesota Medical Malpractice


The number one cause of facial paralysis in birth injury cases is excessive pressure.  A newborn’s face has very little flesh separating the outside elements and the vital nerves.  That flesh itself is very soft and malleable as well.  Any amount of pressure can compromise the vital structures in the face, especially the nerves.  When that pressure is beyond what is reasonable and safe, it can easily damage and rupture nerves.


The most common culprits of excessive pressure are vacuums and forceps used during the birthing process.  These tools greatly help deliver a baby when used properly, but can become tools of destruction when used improperly.  When injuries are caused by the improper use of vacuums and forceps, infants will be irreparably harmed and their cranial nerves will suffer damage which will not heal or repair itself.  When this happens, the healthcare provider using such tools may be liable for medical malpractice.


Facial Paralysis Caused by Medical Malpractice in Minneapolis, Minnesota Birth Injury Cases


Kuhlman Law, LLC handles birth injuries including those involving facial paralysis.  These types of injuries are sad and devastating to the entire family.  Victims deserve the very best attention and representation and we will work hard to protect you rights and seek the accountability and compensation your baby is entitled to.  Call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn how we can help you and your loved one who has been wronged by a medical professional.



If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, we understand that you have questions and concerns and may not know what to do next.   If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review of it and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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