Flu Vaccine Injury Lawyer
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Flu Vaccine Injury Compensation Attorney
No vaccine in the United States proves more commonly administered than the flu shot. Many adults get one every year to build their immune systems and prepare them for an upcoming flu strain. In most cases, these shots come with no noticeable side effects or issues.
But for a small percentage of the population, receiving a flu shot is far from routine. In some cases, it leads to side effects and injuries, ranging from mild aches and pains to nerve damage, allergic reactions, and even paralysis.
Here’s what you need to know about vaccine injury law and why you should contact a flu vaccine injury lawyer if you’re experiencing symptoms.
Side Effects and Disorders Associated With Flu Vaccinations
In recent years, flu vaccines have become commonplace, especially as flu season approaches. Many people don’t realize that these shots can result in serious medical complications, disability, or even death.
What are some of the symptoms and conditions related to adverse flu shot reactions? They include:
- Nerve damage
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
- Severe allergic reactions
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome
- Parsonage-Turner Syndrome
- Other injuries
Let’s take a closer look at each of these categories and the symptoms associated with these harmful flu shot reactions.
Did you know that a flu shot can result in loss of motion in your shoulder? This symptom occurs when medical personnel administers the shot improperly into the shoulder. Not only is this consequence devastating to individuals, but it also proves permanent.
Like SIRVA, you may also experience nerve damage when the flu vaccine shot is given in the wrong spot. Patients report what feels like a knot in their shoulder. What they may not realize, however, is that this “knot” represents permanent nerve damage.
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
Another harmful disorder that some patients report following a flu shot is chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. This condition occurs when the body attacks its own nervous system. In the process, it strips away the nerve covering.
Severe Allergic Reactions
A small percentage of flu vaccine patients experience severe allergic reactions. Various vaccine components may trigger these reactions. If left untreated, reactions may lead to debilitation or even death.
Patients who have had an infection prove more prone to Guillain-Barré Syndrome following a flu shot. This disorder causes the body’s immune system to attack the central nervous system and can result in paralysis.
Parsonage-Turner Syndrome (PTS) results in loss of motion in the arms and shoulders. It’s caused by nerve inflammation after receiving a flu shot.
The list of disorders and damages above is by no means exhaustive. Some patients experience other complications from the vaccine. They may include seizures, neuromyelitis optica, transverse myelitis, and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is also known as Devic’s disease. What causes this rare condition? It happens when a patient’s immune system attacks its own optic nerves and spinal cord following a flu shot.
As for transverse myelitis, this condition refers to spinal cord inflammation triggered by a vaccination. It causes nerve cell damage to the area of the spinal column that gets inflamed.
Some patients also report symptoms consistent with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. This condition is characterized by a temporary, though aggressive, inflammatory response.
This response occurs in the brain and spinal cord. It causes damage to myelin, the protective covering of nerve fibers.
How Common Are Flu Shot-Related Disorders?
At this point, you may be wondering how common adverse side effects associated with flu shots are. From 2006 to 2017, there were 2,893 cases of paid compensation for those who suffered adverse reactions to flu vaccines.
What’s more, 166 deaths related to the flu vaccine have been reported. Approximately 200 cases of SIRVA also resulted in compensation.
As for other conditions, such as Guillain Barre, getting true case numbers proves problematic. Most doctors believe this rare condition occurs in one in every one million cases.
Over a three-year-period, doctors also reported 33 confirmed cases of shot-triggered anaphylaxis.
What should you do if you experience any symptoms following a flu shot? Report it to the FDA so that regulators have an up-to-date database from which to draw information about vaccine side effects and complications.
Reporting a Flu Vaccination
Individuals who experience adverse reactions and symptoms after taking a flu vaccine should report their case to the FDA. The FDA keeps a database of information related to immunization issues known as the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
The FDA established this system to detect problems with specific vaccines. For this reason, you should always report all symptoms that follow a flu shot, even if no direct correlation has been established.
How do you report these symptoms and conditions? There are two primary ways. First, you may head to the VAERS website, where you can submit a claim to their online reporting system. You may also fill out a writeable PDF form and send it directly to VAERS.
Remember to always report your situation as accurately as possible. After all, you may face legal consequences if you submit an inaccurate report. Remember, too, that a VAERS report cannot be used to deny you legal compensation due to vaccination complications.
When to Call a Flu Vaccine Injury Lawyer
Have you or a loved one experienced any of the symptoms or conditions listed above following a flu shot? You should contact an experienced vaccine injury lawyer right away.
The sooner you can properly document these symptoms and issues, the stronger your legal case will be. A vaccine injury attorney can also assist you with filing petitions with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Contact us today to find out more about your legal rights.