10 Key Facts about Vaccine Injury Claims

If you have been diagnosed with a vaccine-related injury, including a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA), you may be entitled to recover your medical expenses and certain other losses under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Here are 10 key facts about filing a claim under the VICP:

1. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a Federal Initiative Designed to Protect Individuals Diagnosed with Vaccine Injuries.

The VICP is a federal government program that Congress established in 1988 for the sole purpose of making it easier for individuals diagnosed with vaccine injuries to recover financial compensation. Under the VICP, individuals diagnosed with vaccine injuries can collect money from the government instead of filing a lawsuit against the vaccine manufacturer in court. Continue reading

Shoulder Pain After an MMR Vaccine? It Could Be a Sign of SIRVA

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine has recently been in the news as a result of reports of measles outbreaks in several parts of the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), outbreaks have been reported in California, Illinois, New York, Texas and Washington, with more cases of measles already confirmed in 2019 (269 as of March 14) than all of 2016 and 2017 combined (206).

While the CDC recommends vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella for most individuals (with limited exceptions for pregnant women and individuals with certain other health conditions), “[d]uring an outbreak is when you see an influx of patients who would otherwise be vaccine-hesitant,” according to an infection control nurse in Washington quoted by CNN. Unfortunately, although getting the MMR vaccine can significantly reduce an individual’s risk of contracting measles, it carries certain risks as well. Continue reading

What Should You Ask and Tell your Doctor Before You Get Vaccinated?

While vaccinations are routine procedures that carry strong recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they still carry certain risks. Flu shots, tetanus shots, and other CDC-recommended vaccinations are known to cause a variety of injuries and illnesses, and errors during the vaccine administration process can lead to various types of painful and debilitating shoulder injuries. Continue reading

Why Isn’t My Shoulder Pain Going Away After a Vaccine Injection?

flu-vaccine-injury-300When you receive a vaccine injection, it is normal to experience mild shoulder pain for a short period of time. However, this pain should fade fairly quickly; and, in most cases, it should not interfere with your work or regular household activities.

But, for some people, the pain doesn’t go away. For some people, it gets worse to the point that the pain becomes immobilizing. This level of shoulder pain after a vaccination is not normal, and could be a sign of a potentially-serious shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA). Continue reading

Can a Vaccination Lead to Wrongful Death?

syringe-vaccinationWhile vaccines are crucial to the overall health of the American population, tragically, some people suffer fatal injuries and illnesses as a result of their vaccinations. This is not a problem that can be ignored, and there is no worse result than for a routine vaccination to have such dire consequences.

For families who have lost loved ones due to diagnosed vaccine-related medical conditions such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), financial compensation is available through the federal government’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Filing a claim under the VICP takes the place of filing a civil lawsuit against a hospital or pharmaceutical company, and securing compensation under the VICP is less expensive and usually much quicker than pursuing a traditional wrongful death claim. In fact, since the VICP pays claimants’ legal fees separately from their awards of compensation, you can hire an experienced vaccine attorney to handle your claim at no financial cost to you. Continue reading

Vaccine Shoulder Injuries – Why Misplaced Needles Can Cause Lasting Injury

While the sting from an injection is enough to make most children (and many adults) fear getting their annual flu shot, it usually goes away pretty quickly. But, what happens if the pain does not go away? What happens if it gets worse, and what happens if it is accompanied by swelling or limited shoulder mobility?

The sting from an injection is normal. Lasting shoulder pain from a flu shot is not. In many cases, shoulder pain following a flu shot is a sign of a potentially serious shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA). Continue reading

Have You or Someone You Love Experienced Pain or Illness Following Vaccination? Get Valuable Information on How to Seek Help

Experiencing pain or an illness following vaccination can be frightening. Whether it’s you or a family member, knowing what to do – and where to turn for help – can be a challenge.

At the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, we represent clients who have suffered a vaccine-related illness or injury nationwide. We have also developed numerous resources for individuals who have been harmed by vaccines. The following are 10 of our most popular articles on vaccine-related injuries and how to go about filing a claim for compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Continue reading

Will the Use of “Ouchless” Measles Vaccines Reduce the Risk of Vaccine Shoulder Injury?

woman-shldr-painIn the United States, measles has largely been eradicated thanks to the introduction of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in 1971. The MMR vaccine is typically administered in a series of two doses; and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these two doses are 97 percent effective in preventing contraction of this potentially-fatal disease. Each year, less than 1,000 people in the United States contract measles, and in some years the number of reported cases is less than 100.

Unfortunately, like all vaccines, the measles vaccines (including MMR) are not without their own risks. Continue reading

What is Guillain Barre Syndrome and Can It Result from the Flu Vaccination?

Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a rare but dangerous medical condition that has been linked to the annual flu shot. In many cases, individuals who contract GBS after getting vaccinated against the flu are eligible to recover their medical expenses and other losses through the federal government’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

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