Were You Injured by a Tetanus Shot?
In rare cases, a tetanus shot causes severe injuries, such as:
- Brain Damage
- Guillian-Barre Syndrome (a rare condition where your body’s immune system attacks itself, resulting in weakness and tingling, possibly leading to paralysis)
- Life-threatening allergic reactions
- Demyelinating disorders (Damage to your myelin – the protective sheath covering your brain and spinal cord)
- Excruciating pain and swelling
- Extreme muscle spasms causing falls or other physical injuries
- Brachial neuritis (a nerve disorder causing pain and weakness in your shoulder; this is also known as Parsonage-Turner Syndrome)
If you believe you or a loved one has experienced any of these side effects after a tetanus shot, you may be eligible for up to $250,000 in compensation.
Federal Vaccine Court
However, the only court in the nation that hears these claims is the “Federal Vaccine Court” (officially the “Office of Special Masters of the US Court of Federal Claims”). This court is located in Washington, D.C. and hears vaccine injury claims for residents of all 50 US states.
Regardless of where your injury happened, you must present your claim in this court.And not just any personal injury lawyer can represent your case before this court. Your vaccine injury lawyer must also be admitted to practice in this court.
Get the Fair Compensation You Deserve
We are admitted to practice in front of this court, and we also have a track record of success. Located in Dallas, Texas, Howie Law, PC represents clients from all across the United States.
John R. Howie Jr. has been recognized as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” from 2010 to 2012 and a “Super Lawyer” from 2013-2014. John has filed vaccine injury lawsuits on behalf of clients like you and has helped them win millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries.
To learn if you are entitled to compensation for injuries you believe were caused by a tetanus shot, call Howie Law for your free tetanus shot lawsuit consultation at 866.828.2028 or contact us online today.
Learn More about the Tetanus Vaccine
The tetanus vaccine can help, and is usually administered to your child and also as a booster shot during adolescence and adulthood. It protects you from a disease-causing bacteria that can cause muscle spasms so severe that your experience broken bones or torn muscles. People who get the tetanus bacteria die at a rate of about 25%, with that rate increase for children and newborns.
There are several different tetanus shots. The DTaP shot comes in 5 doses when you are a child. Other children get DT. The booster shots, Tdap, and Td are administered during your adolescence and adulthood. You may also get a Tetanus Toxoid (TT) shot as a booster against tetanus after the age of 7.
The tetanus vaccine has been known to cause mild side effects like pain at the site of the injection, tiredness, nausea, diarrhea, or sore joints. You can also experience a fever or a headache. Routine symptoms like these, however, are not enough for you to file a claim.
It’s the more severe symptoms the tetanus shot sometimes causes that justify legal action. For example, some people go into anaphylactic shock after a tetanus shot. This can happen as fast as a few minutes after the shot to as long as a few hours after getting a tetanus shot. This condition includes extreme symptoms like difficulty breathing, wheezing, hives, weakness, and dizziness. It can also lead to death.
Others may suffer Guillain Barre Syndrome, brachial neuritis (Parsonage-Turner Syndrome), shoulder injuries, or other reactions which can be absolutely devastating.
Is There Anyone Who Shouldn’t Get a Tetanus Shot?
There are some groups of people who should avoid this shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
If you are an adult, you should not get the Td vaccine if you’ve ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction after getting a vaccine containing either tetanus or diphtheria. You should also notify your doctor of any of these reactions.
If you have epilepsy, other nervous system problems, severe pain or swelling after other diphtheria and tetanus-containing vaccines, you should talk to your doctor before getting your Td vaccination. You should also talk to your doctor if you’ve ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) or if you simply aren’t feeling that well on the day you are scheduled to have your shot.
The CDC also says you also shouldn’t get your Tdap vaccine if you’ve ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction after you’ve had any vaccine containing tetanus, diphtheria, or pertussis. If you had a coma or multiple seizures within 7 days after your childhood DTP or DTaP, you should not get your Tdap. However, you can still get your Tdap if you definitively found a cause for those side effects that did not involve the vaccine.
And, you should also talk to your doctor before getting your Tdap if you have epilepsy, another nervous system problem, or if you’ve experienced severe pain or swelling after getting diphtheria, tetanus, or pertussis vaccine. You should also talk to your doctor if you’ve ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) or if you simply aren’t feeling good on the day you’re scheduled to have your vaccine.
Injured By a Tetanus Vaccine?
A Tetanus Shot Lawsuit Gets You the Just Compensation You Deserve
With more than 15 years of experience, Howie Law, PC has the skills necessary to get you the financial compensation you deserve.
Just call 866-828-2028 or contact us online today for your free consultation.