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Bell’s Palsy Triggered by a Vaccine

Reviewed By: Joseph Vuckovich, Vaccine Injury Attorney

Bell’s Palsy is a condition that causes half of your facial muscles to suddenly become weak and droopy.  Scientists believe inflamed nerves or viral infections may be the cause of Bell’s Palsy. Some patients develop Bell’s Palsy after getting certain vaccinations. The CDC is currently monitoring the COVID-19 vaccine for Bell’s Palsy vaccine injury reactions. 

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) lists cases where patients develop Bell’s Palsy after getting a vaccine. VAERS is a database that contains reports of all negative side effects following US-approved vaccines. The database is managed by the FDA and CDC to track vaccine reactions that were not caught during clinical trials.

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What to do if you Develop Bell’s Palsy After Getting a Vaccination:

First, you should see a doctor right away to make sure you’re not having a stroke. 

If you think a vaccine triggered Bell’s Palsy then contact a lawyer who is experienced in representing victims in the Federal Vaccine Court.  You may be eligible for compensation.

Filing a vaccine injury claim is complicated. You can hire an attorney to help you get through the process at no cost to you. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program pays your attorney’s legal fees on your behalf.

When your case is finished, mctlaw works with the court to get legal fees and reimbursements paid. None of these costs are ever your financial responsibility. You never have to share ANY portion of your recovered money with our law firm.

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What are the Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy?

The most pronounced characteristic of Bell’s Palsy is a sudden weakness (or complete paralysis) on one side of the face. This weakness typically progresses quite rapidly, sometimes within days or even a few hours. Other symptoms associated with Bell’s palsy include:

  • Difficulty making facial expressions
  • Visible drooping of one side of the face
  • Difficulty closing both eyes
  • Difficulty producing a smile
  • Drooling
  • Headaches
  • Loss of taste
  • Changes in tear production
  • High sensitivity to sound (particularly in the ear of the affected side)

Although it is rare, some patients experience Bell’s Palsy symptoms on both sides of their face.

Vaccines Commonly Linked to Bell’s Palsy

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is monitoring the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for possible Bell’s Palsy reactions. Several vaccine trial participants reported Bell’s Palsy during the testing phase of the coronavirus vaccine. 

If you develop Bell’s palsy after receiving a vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation from the Federal Vaccine Court. 


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Patients who develop Bell’s Palsy after getting a vaccine could be entitled to compensation from the federal government. Our lawyers have won compensation for patients who developed Bell’s Palsy after receiving a vaccine.

What Complications are Caused by Bell’s Palsy?

In addition to the usual symptoms of Bell’s palsy, which typically resolve within a few weeks.  However, some patients experience more serious health complications. Though uncommon, more serious outcomes of Bell’s Palsy are:

  • Partial or complete blindness in one eye
  • Complete inability to close eye on affected side
  • Scratching of the cornea
  • Involuntary twitching during regular facial movements
  • Permanent facial nerve damage

Content Reviewed by Joseph Vuckovich – Vaccine Injury Lawyer

MCTLaw attorney Joseph Vuckovich

Joseph Vuckovich represents clients in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. He is based in mctlaw’s Washington, DC office. Joe studied neuroscience and psychology at Harvard where he earned his B.S. degree. He earned a Master’s Degree in biology from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and his law degree from New York University School of Law. Joe grew up in Pittsburgh and now lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and daughter.

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