What To Know About Bell’s Palsy And Your Legal Rights After A Vaccine
Bell’s Palsy is a condition in which facial muscles suddenly become weak and even droopy, with other effects that can often be severe. According to the Mayo Clinic, Bell’s Palsy is also referred to as “acute peripheral facial palsy of unknown cause”, and may be caused by viral infections that inflame facial nerves. This is usually a temporary condition for most, but it can last weeks, months, or even years in some people.
While Bell’s Palsy is not always caused by vaccines, there is a known link between vaccine administration and Bell’s Palsy in some people. Bell’s Palsy has been reported in patients that have received vaccines including the influenza vaccine and even the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.
Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy can include:
- Rapid onset of weakness to paralysis on one side of your face. This can occur within hours or days of exposure to a vaccine or other cause;
- Facial droop and difficulty making facial expressions, like smiling or closing both eyes;
- Pain around the jaw or in or behind your ear on one side of your head
- Increased sensitivity to sound in one ear
- Loss of taste.
Some vaccines frequently associated with Bell’s Palsy can include:
- Seasonal influenza vaccines
- H1N1 “Swine Flu” vaccine
- Hepatitis B vaccine
- Gardasil vaccine
These vaccines don’t always lead to complications, or trigger Bell’s Palsy in recipients. However, when it does happen, and there is a causal link between the vaccine and Bell’s Palsy, the effects can be serious and debilitating. Facial paralysis can affect a person’s ability to communicate and quality of life in general. The longer Bell’s Palsy lasts, the more devastating the consequences can be. Some effects can even include partial or total blindness in one eye, or permanent facial nerve damage.
Fortunately, the U.S. Government recognizes that sometimes individuals are entitled to compensation after a vaccine injury. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) allows individuals to file for compensation when a causal link exists between a vaccine shot and an injury such as Bell’s Palsy. Over the past 30 years, over $4.7 billion has been paid to individuals that sustained vaccine injuries. In 2021, VICP claims totaled over $200 million. The VICP also pays attorney’s fees under many circumstances.
If you or a loved one has suffered Bell’s Palsy and believe it may have been due to a recently administered vaccine, you may be entitled to financial compensation. This may include compensation for medical bills, loss of income (and loss of future earnings), rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and out-of-pocket costs.
It is difficult to navigate the vaccine injury claims process on your own, however. Strict protocols and procedures are often involved, and it helps to have an attorney experienced in the vaccine injury area to guide you through the process.
The Vaccine Injury Attorneys at Green & Schafle Can Help if You or a Loved One Has Been Stricken with Bell’s Palsy
It can be frustrating, confusing, and painful to deal with the aftermath of a Bell’s Palsy diagnosis. This is especially true if the injury was linked to a procedure that was supposed to benefit your health. If you or a loved one has experienced Bell’s Palsy and want to know more about your rights and remedies, call our vaccine injury lawyers at Green & Schafle to learn more about your options.