A New York Birth Injury Lawyer Who Cares About the Cause of Your Baby’s Facial Paralysis

It can be startling when your newborn child is unable to move his or her facial muscles. As a parent, your thoughts may start racing toward the future. Will your child be able to speak? Will your child be able to show emotion? Will your child have trouble making friends or being accepted?

The good news is that the majority of children born with facial paralysis recover. Yet, many do not recover without significant medical interventions. Those interventions may be expensive. For that reason, it is important to protect your child's potential right to a financial recovery by promptly seeing a pediatric doctor who can determine the cause of the paralysis, and contacting a New York birth injury lawyer who cares about helping your child make the fullest possible recovery.

Potential Causes of Newborn Facial Paralysis

Generally, congenital facial paralysis occurs because of a birth defect or birth trauma. The most common reason for facial paralysis caused by a birth defect is Mobius Syndrome. Children born with Mobius Syndrome are born without the sixth and seventh facial cranial nerves.

If Mobius Syndrome is not present, then a potential cause of facial paralysis is a birth trauma. For example, children have an increased risk of suffering facial paralysis if they are born:
  • With the use of instruments, such as forceps.
  • Weighing more than 7.7 pounds, particularly if it is a mother's first pregnancy.

A birth injury facial paralysis may be avoided if forceps are not used and force is not applied to a child's head during delivery. Often, this requires medical professionals to appropriately monitor the mother and baby before and during labor to determine if a vaginal delivery is safe.

Contact a New York Birth Injury Attorney If Your Child's Been Injured

If your child was born with facial paralysis due to the negligence of a medical professional, you should not have to bear the financial and emotional consequences of that negligence alone. Instead, please call an experienced New York birth injury attorney at 1-800-PAGAN-911 for a free consultation.