For individuals who have been diagnosed with vaccine-related illnesses and injuries, finding reliable information can be a challenge. Can a vaccine really make you sick? If so, what are the potential long-term complications? Are you entitled to financial compensation? If so, how do you collect the compensation you deserve? Here, vaccine lawyer Leah V. Durant explains what you need to know:
1. Getting Vaccinated Can Make You Sick.
True: While it is not true that you can get the flu from the flu shot, it is true that flu shots and other vaccines can cause various types of illnesses and injuries.
While most vaccines are safe for most people, vaccine illnesses and injuries can – and do – occur. Some of the most-common types of vaccine-related conditions include Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), and shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA).
2. If You are Feeling Sick After a Vaccination, You Should Feel Better in a Few Days.
False: While the pain associated with a vaccine injection should go away in a few days (at most), vaccine-related illnesses and injuries can have long-term effects.
Conditions such as GBS, ITP and SIRVA can have long-lasting, and in some cases chronic, effects. These effects can include pain, limited mobility, difficult walking or breathing, difficulty with bowel and bladder control, and unstable heart rate and blood pressure, among others.
3. In Order to Seek Compensation for a Vaccine Illness or Injury, You Need to Sue the Pharmaceutical Company or Your Vaccine Provider.
False: Under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), individuals diagnosed with vaccine illnesses and injuries can recover “no fault” compensation.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal government program that provides “no fault” compensation to individuals diagnosed with vaccine injuries and illnesses. While filing a VICP claim is a formal legal process, it does not involve filing a lawsuit against your health care provider or the pharmaceutical company that manufactured your vaccine.
4. The VICP has Paid Billions of Dollars in Compensation to Vaccine Recipients.
True: To date, the VICP has paid more than $4.1 billion to individuals diagnosed with vaccine illnesses and injuries.
Since its establishment in 1988, the VICP has paid more than $4.1 billion in compensation to individuals diagnosed with vaccine illnesses and injuries. This is in addition to the legal fees that the program pays separately on behalf of claimants.
5. You Have Very Little Chance of Securing Compensation Under the VICP.
False: If you have a claim and hire an experienced vaccine lawyer, you should be able to collect the compensation you deserve.
Since 1988, less than 8,000 people have received payment under the VICP. However, this is largely indicative of lack of public awareness of the program—not the challenges involved in pursuing a successful VICP claim. If you qualify and you hire an experienced vaccine lawyer, you should be able to collect the compensation you deserve.
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Leah Durant Bio
Experienced litigation attorney Leah Durant focuses on representing clients in complex vaccine litigation matters. Leah Durant is the owner and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, a litigation firm based in Washington, DC. Leah Durant and her staff represent clients and their families who suffer from vaccine-related injuries, adverse vaccine reactions and vaccine-related deaths. The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC is dedicated to assisting individuals in recovering the highest level of compensation as quickly and efficiently as possible. To learn more, contact vaccine attorney Leah Durant today.