Bell’s Palsy is a terrifying condition. You may go to sleep feeling fine, only to wake up the next day with an eye that cannot open and numbness on one side of your face. Approximately 40,000 Americans experience this condition every year.
The symptoms of Bell’s Palsy can hit suddenly – in a matter of just a few hours. Someone who has Bell’s Palsy may notice that the muscles on one side of the face become weak or paralyzed. This condition is sometimes mistaken for stroke.
Bell’s Palsy continuous to be a mysterious condition that comes on quickly, but is generally only temporary. Some people have multiple episodes of Bell’s Palsy and others are faced with permanent problems resulting from the condition.
According to medical professionals, it is estimated that approximately 85 percent of patients with Bell’s Palsy recover. The majority of these patients would recover regardless of whether they were treated or not.
While the exact cause of Bell’s Palsy is still unknown, some doctors believe that it is the result of facial nerve damage. It has even been suggested that this condition could be somehow linked to a herpes virus.
If you suffer from Bell’s Palsy and are unable to work, you may qualify for disability benefits. The Law Firm of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A. represents individuals that have had their valid long term disability benefits denied, delayed or terminated irrespective of whether the policy was purchased individually or issued through an employer group policy. The firm is available to assist individuals with the initial application process, during the administrative appeals process, handling denials of claims or termination of benefits, litigation in state or federal court, and negotiating a one-time lump sum settlement or buy-out. Please contact our office to discuss your case in more detail.