Facial nerve injuries often occur as the result of trauma to the face, such as being hit in the face by an object (like a steering wheel in a car crash, for example). Because symptoms of a facial injury can vary so much between individuals, a facial nerve injury classification is needed to ensure that doctors and other medical professionals can adequately assess patients and ensure they get the treatment they need. If you have suffered facial paralysis or a nerve injury after an accident that was somebody else’s fault then you may be feeling angry and depressed. But you can take positive action by getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline after your accident, to find out if you are able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
What is the system used for facial nerve injury classification?
The system used for facial nerve injury classification is the House-Brackmann facial nerve grading system. This system grades facial nerve injuries from Grade 1 (least serious) to Grade 6 (most serious, as below:
- Grade 1 – Normal
- Grade 2 – Slight dysfunction
- Grade 3 – Moderate dysfunction
- Grade 4 – Moderate severe dysfunction
- Grade 5 – Severe dysfunction
- Grade 6 – Total paralysis
In a patient with severe dysfunction, the face often appears asymmetrical when it’s at rest. In addition, they may only show barely perceptible motion in the face, and the mouth may only move slightly – they’re also normally unable to close their eyes, which can result in damage to the cornea, and eye drops may need to be prescribed. Patients with slight dysfunction (Grade 2) will usually find they can close their eyes as normal, and their forehead movement may be slightly reduced. Their mouth may appear slightly asymmetrical.
What’s the treatment for facial nerve injuries?
Many doctors take a ‘wait and see’ approach to treating facial nerve injuries, as it’s hard to say what the long-term prognosis will be. In some cases, surgery is required, whilst in other cases the patient will gradually recover from their injury. However you have been affected by a facial nerve injury, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making a 100% no-win, no-fee claim for personal injury compensation. If you’re unable to call us, we can speak to a family member who can claim on your behalf. Just call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen