Filing a Rotavirus Vaccine Lawsuit
If Your Child Was Hurt By the Rotavirus Vaccine, You Can File a Rotavirus Vaccine Lawsuit & Get Compensation
Did you know the first rotavirus vaccine, RotaShield (released in 1999), was pulled off the market because of the injuries it caused? In some cases, it led to intussusception, a painful intestinal condition that causes fever, and also leads to peritonitis, which can be fatal!
Rotavirus Vaccine Serious Medical Conditions
Today, your child may get the Rotarix or RotaTeq vaccines for the rotavirus. While these vaccines are safer, they can still cause serious medical conditions for many.
Besides the painful and potentially fatal condition of intussusception, rotavirus vaccines can also cause:
- Fatal severe allergic conditions like anaphylactic shock
- Swollen abdomen
- Kawasaki syndrome, which includes high fever, peeling skin, and swelling in your hands and feet
- Stomach pain
- Bloody stool
If your child was hurt by the rotavirus vaccine, you may be drowning in a sea of medical bills, physical therapy costs, and you may have reduced earning capacity.
Who’s Going to Cover These Medical Bills?
The Federal Government Has Set Up the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for Children Injured by the Rotavirus Vaccine
But unfortunately, there is a catch.
The only court in the nation that hears cases related to the rotavirus vaccine is located in Washington, DC. It’s a U.S. Federal Claims Court – and your lawyer needs a special license to practice there. While this is a personal injury claim, you cannot present your case to any other court.
Claims filed at this court are non-litigious, which means no specific entity is held responsible for your injuries. In theory, the process is also supposed to be non-adversarial.
However, it’s still a complex process involving legal, medical, and factual disputes. And only an experienced rotavirus vaccine lawyer can help you navigate the legal system and get fair compensation for your child’s injuries.
Howie Law, P.C.’s Vaccine Injury Lawyers Get You the Compensation You Deserve
With more than 15 years of experience, Howie Law, P.C. has won millions of dollars for personal injury victims just like your child. This includes rotavirus cases.
Our attorneys are licensed to practice in front of U.S. Federal Claims Court and represent victims from all 50 states. We’ve been named by Thomson Reuters as “Super Lawyers” (top 5% of all lawyers) and “Rising Stars” (top 2.5%).
You may be entitled to up to $250,000 in compensation for your baby’s injuries, as well as compensation for medical expenses, lost time at work, and reimbursement for legal fees.
But – you must act now. US Federal Claims Court gives you just 3 years from the date of the first symptoms of your child’s injury to file your claim. Wait longer, and you can never seek compensation again.
Call 866.828.2028, or contact us online today, for a free consultation to learn if you can file a rotavirus vaccine lawsuit.
How Do I Know If My Child is Experiencing Intussusception?
Look for this:
- Signs of stomach pain
- Severe crying that lasts a few minutes or happens several times per hour
- Your baby may pull their legs to their chest
- Bloody stool
- An appearance of weakness
- Vomiting several times
- High fever
- Unusual behavior changes
- Severe allergic reactions like hives, throat/face swelling, difficulty breathing, dizziness, weakness, rapid heartbeat
All these symptoms usually happen between the 1st and 2nd dose of rotavirus, but they can happen any time after the vaccination.
If your baby experiences any of these signs or symptoms, immediately call your doctor or take your baby to the hospital.
What Does the Rotavirus Vaccine Do?
The rotavirus vaccine protects your child or baby from a diarrhea-causing virus. Should they get the rotavirus, it causes severe diarrhea that leads to dehydration, vomiting, and fever. Before the vaccine, nearly every child in the US got the rotavirus before 5.
The vaccine has substantially reduced the number of children who need to go to the hospital and emergency room for their symptoms. However, in some cases, it causes worse symptoms than it prevents.
Who Should Not Get The Rotavirus Vaccine?
The National Institutes of Health sets forth these recommendations:
- Babies who have had a severe or life-threatening reaction to a dose of rotavirus vaccine or any component of it
- Babies with SCID, severe combined immunodeficiency, should not get this vaccine
- If your baby has already had intussusception, they should not get this vaccine
- Moderately or severely ill babies should recover first
- You should talk to your doctor before your baby gets this vaccine if:
- Your child has any severe allergies, and especially an allergy to latex
- Your baby has a weakened immune system due to HIV/AIDS or any other immune system disease
- Your baby uses long-term steroids, has cancer, or gets X-rays or drugs to treat cancer
In most cases, side effects of the rotavirus vaccine include mild or temporary diarrhea or vomiting, and irritability.
The odds of your child getting intussusception from the rotavirus vaccine are between 1 in 20,000 and 1 in 100,000.
If you believe your baby has been injured by the rotavirus vaccine, you may be able to file a rotavirus vaccine lawsuit and get compensation. Call 866.828.2028 or contact Howie Law, P.C. online today for a free consultation to discuss the details of your situation.