Bell’s Palsy Disability Insurance Claim

Bell’s palsy is defined as a paralysis or weakness of the muscles that affects one side of the face.  It is characterized by a facial droop resulting from nerve damage that controls the muscles.  When you have Bell’s palsy, it is also common to experience difficulties with your sense of taste and the production of tears.

This medical condition comes on quickly.  You may have gone to sleep at night feeling perfectly fine and the next morning you have Bell’s palsy.  While the cause of Bell’s palsy is not known, some medical professionals believe it may be associated with the herpes virus that causes cold sores.  Generally, the nerve damage is the result of inflammation.

According to WebMD.com, the following is a list of the common symptoms of Bell’s palsy:

  • Excessive tearing
  • Dry eye
  • Loss of taste
  • Drooling
  • Pain in or behind the ear
  • Facial numbness
  • Sensitivity to sound

If you think that you might have Bell’s palsy, you should consult with your physician who will be able to make the diagnosis.    Your doctor will want to rule out a more serious problem.

Bell’s palsy usually heals within a few weeks and it is rare to have permanent weakness of the facial muscles.  If your doctor feels that your condition could have been caused by a virus, he or she may prescribe antiviral drugs.  Corticosteroids, which reduce inflammation, are prescribed if the Bell’s palsy resulted from inflammation caused by another disease. 

If you are suffering from Bell’s palsy and have filed, or will be filing, a disability insurance claim, the Law Firm of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A. can help.  We offer assistance with all aspects of obtaining disability benefits, from the initial application to claims that have been terminated.  Contact us today at (305) 461-1095 or (866) 71-CLAIM for more information.