Flu Vaccine Lawsuit for GBS
While the flu shot is safe for most people, it can cause devastating, even life-threatening side effects for some.
In rare cases, the flu shot leads to Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which has no known cure. GBS causes severe symptoms in you like:
- Weakness in your legs and upper body
- A feeling that pins and needles are stabbing your extremities
- Severe pain
- Difficulty walking
- High blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Total paralysis
Most people who get GBS do fully recover within a year. But around 5% never fully recover.
Transverse Myelitis Symptoms
The flu vaccine has also been shown to cause Transverse Myelitis, a condition which leads to symptoms like these, according to the Mayo Clinic:
- Pain in your neck and back
- Sharp, shooting pains throughout your legs, arms, and abdomen
- Sensitivity to certain textures, like clothing
- A feeling something tightly wraps your chest, abdomen, and legs
- Being sensitive to extreme temperatures
- Leg and arm weakness, to the point where one foot drags or stumbles
- Increased need to urinate
- Difficulty urinating
These symptoms can last for the rest of your life. In some cases, you may be confined to a wheelchair and also may need help performing basic daily living skills.
Flu Shot Allergic Reactions
Finally, some also experience a life-threatening allergic reaction that includes:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Physical weakness
If you have experienced any symptoms like these, you may have a valid flu shot lawsuit.
Vaccine Injury Lawyer
Your Vaccine Injury Lawyer Must Be Admitted to the US Court of Federal Claims to File Your Flu Shot Lawsuit!
With most personal injury cases, you choose a lawyer and go to a local court to file your claim. However, the Federal Government has established a special program called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to manage these cases.
Regardless of where you live in the United States, all cases are heard in US Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC. This court also requires lawyers to be admitted to practice before it in order to file vaccine injury claims.
For more than 15 years, Howie Law, PC has won millions of dollars in claims for personal injury victims of all kinds, including those hurt by flu vaccines. We represent clients from all across the country, and are licensed to practice in front of the US Court of Federal Claims. Attorney John Howie, Jr. has won designations as Texas “SuperLawyers” and “Rising Stars.”
If you were hurt because of a flu vaccine and have experienced symptoms of GBS or
Transverse Myelitis, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of ability to produce income
- Reimbursement of legal fees
- And up to $250,000 for pain and suffering
However, you have to act fast. The US Court of Federal Claims only considers your case up to 3 years after the first signs or symptoms of your injury. If you wait longer than that, you can never recover compensation.
We’re happy to discuss the details of your case during a free, no-obligation consultation.
How Does the Flu Vaccine Work?
In most cases, the flu vaccine protects you from this year’s most dangerous and common strains of the flu virus.
The formula for the flu shot changes each year to give you protection.
When it works as it should, you get injected with a dead virus, and about 2 weeks later your body develops a stronger resistance against the flu. Most people experience mild symptoms like a fever, bodily aches, and soreness at the injection site.
But in a few people, the flu vaccine leads to devastating, potentially fatal consequences like GBS, Transverse Myelitis, and allergic reactions.
Who Should and Shouldn’t Get a Flu Shot?
Talk to your primary care doctor first to make sure it’s okay.
It’s especially important to talk with your doctor if you:
- Have an allergy to chicken eggs
- Ever had GBS
- Simply don’t feel well
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a list of recommendations for who should and shouldn’t get the flu vaccine.
They say anyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot.
However, they recommend you shouldn’t get the flu shot if:
- Your child is younger than 6 months old
- You have a life-threatening allergy to the flu vaccine or its ingredients (gelatin, antibiotics, and others)
There are also other special considerations:
- People under 65 shouldn’t get the high-dose flu shot
- Those younger than 18 and older than 64 shouldn’t get the intradermal flu shot
The injected flu shot is safe for pregnant women and those with chronic health conditions.
However, the nasal spray flu vaccine should only be used by people age 2-49. And there’s a long list of people who should not use this vaccine.
Flu Shot Injury Compensation
Even with the best precautions, you can still experience significant injury after getting the flu vaccine.
Contact our vaccine lawyers online today, or call 866-828-2028 to learn if you may be entitled to compensation for your flue shot injuries.