Bell’s Palsy Lawyer
Bell’s palsy is a unilateral facial paralysis that can result from damage or trauma to the facial nerve, as may be sustained in a car accident or truck accident. The paralysis may cause drooping of facial features and interfere with function of the mouth and throat. Whether the paralysis is mild or severe, there is considerable discomfort and frustration. This type of injury affects one’s self-esteem which can lead to issues with socialization and depression.
Bell’s Palsy is the paralysis of the facial nerve, called the seventh cranial nerve. An injury to the head or neck may lead to inflammation and swelling of the seventh cranial nerve — which may inhibit, damage, or kill the nerve. Bell’s Palsy is usually a temporary paralysis; but if the nerve is killed, there is the possibility for some permanent damage.
The facial nerve has 6,000-7,000 nerve fibers that conduct electrical signals from the brain to the facial muscles, controlling contraction. Nerves have the capability to regenerate. If the facial nerve dies, the problem with regeneration is that there is no mechanism that reconnects the nerve fibers to the same muscle. The nerve fibers may actually implant into the wrong muscles of the face. This is referred to as synkinesis.
The brain will then send a signal for a muscle to contract, but the nerve fiber is connected to a different part of the face. So, if the eye was suppose to close, you may have the eyebrow raise instead. This may sound insignificant or even humerous, but in reality it is dangerous (in the example, the eye could suffer damage because it did not get protection from the eyelid), frustrating, and debilitating.
Bell’s Palsy Symptoms
There are many symptoms of Bell’s Palsy. Very few cases encompass all of the symptoms.
- Eye-related symptoms: cannot close eye completely, drooping eyelid, excessive tears, inability to produce tears, tears fail to coat and protect cornea, sensitivity to light
- Mouth-related symptoms: drooping of one side of the mouth, drooling, sense of taste impaired or lost, difficulty eating, drinking and swallowing, difficulty speaking, asymmetrical smile
- Ear-related symptoms: sensitivity to sound, pain in / near ear, balance problems
- Nasal-related symptoms: nose either constantly runny or stuffy, sinus problems
- General symptoms: forehead wrinkles disappear, muscle weakness or paralysis, overall droopy appearance, facial swelling, headaches, neck pains, memory problems, facial spasms
There is controversy in how to treat Bell’s Palsy. With incomplete paralysis, treatment is usually unnecessary because spontaneous recovery is common. When the paralysis is more severe, anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and therapy are prescribed.
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