Rotavirus Vaccination Injuries & Health Problems
Young children get the rotavirus vaccine to prevent serious illness caused by the rotavirus. In rare cases, the rotavirus vaccine can cause adverse health problems such as allergic reactions, respiratory distress, and other potentially life-threatening symptoms including an intestinal disorder called intussusception. Compensation for rotavirus vaccination injuries is available through the Vaccination Injury Compensation Program.
The rotavirus is a highly contagious virus spread primarily through the feces of infected people. Children in daycare centers and kindergarten are especially susceptible to rotavirus disease because of their propensity to frequently put their hands in their mouths. Daycare workers who neglect to wash their hands after changing diapers can also help spread and catch the disease.
A rotavirus infection may last for as long as two weeks. Symptoms include abdominal cramps, vomiting, fever, and frequent diarrhea. Rapid dehydration often occurs due to increasing bouts of vomiting and diarrhea, which is the main reason why rotavirus patients are hospitalized. Deaths attributed to rotavirus infection are usually the consequences of severe dehydration.
Rotavirus Vaccination Allergic Reactions
Given orally instead of subcutaneously via injection, rotavirus vaccinations are not mandatory for preschool or school-aged children but recommended by the U.S. Center for Disease Control. Common side effects of the rotavirus vaccine, such as vomiting, diarrhea and irritability, typically diminish within 48 hours of the child receiving the vaccine.
However, as with all vaccinations, the chance of the recipient suffering serious allergic reactions is possible. Wheezing, hives, rapid heartbeat, pale skin and breathing difficulties are signs of an impending allergic response due to the rotavirus vaccine. Further, an intestinal disorder called intussusception can occur after a rotavirus vaccination and can be deadly if not treated in time.
Injuries sustained due to allergic reactions to the rotavirus vaccine or intussusception after the rotavirus vaccination are compensable when proved by an experienced vaccine injury attorney in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Do I Really Need an Attorney?
Yes. Attempting to represent yourself by filing a claim with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program without the assistance of a seasoned vaccine injury attorney could cause lengthy delays, unnecessary stress for you or your loved one, and potentially a negative result for the claim. Although the VICP was meant to be non-litigious and non-adversarial, it is rife with complex legal demands and processes involving medical documentation and statements from experts that, for most people, are extremely difficult to understand and compile. If your child has suffered injuries due to the rotavirus vaccination, you need a vaccine injury lawyer to litigate your case and obtain compensation for your bills and for your child’s pain and suffering. It is also important to know that hiring a lawyer to help you through the process will not cost you anything, not even a portion of your settlement. Your lawyer will be compensated directly by the VICP, not by you. Howie Law, PC never charges a vaccine injury client for either time spent litigating the case or costs spent to pursue the claim.
What Type of Compensation is Awarded in Rotavirus Vaccine Injury Cases?
The VICP awards monetary damages for pain, suffering, medical expenses (past, present and future) and lost wages. The maximum amount that can be awarded for pain and suffering by the VICP is $250,000. Currently, there is no limit on compensation for medical expenses or lost wages.
Call Howie Law PC today at 866-828-2028 to discuss your rotavirus vaccine injury case with an experienced vaccine injury attorney. You can also email us or submit your case online to receive free advice regarding your rotavirus vaccine claim. Remember, when you hire us to represent you in the VICP, you will not have to pay Howie Law anything. We pay for all litigation expenses, including filing fees, expert costs, and the cost of obtaining medical records. Upon conclusion of your case, we submit a fee reimbursement request to the VICP requesting payment for our services. The compensation you are awarded by the court is what you receive–not a penny less.