Guillain Barre-Syndrome (GBS) Attorney
Guillain Barre Syndrome is a debilitating, incurable disease affecting the nervous system. Some vaccinations are known to cause GBS, a severe illness that may lead to partial paralysis and even difficulty breathing. Victims of vaccine-related GBS can receive compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Reports of influenza, Hepatitis A and B, Gardasil, and tetanus vaccinations causing development of Guillain-Barre syndrome in some people has lead to a number of claims filed by lawyers in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. GBS can occur in a child or an adult, and it affects approximately one in 100,000 people worldwide. Although GBS is usually a temporary condition, if it is severe, it can lead to permanent nerve damage requiring ongoing treatment. The chronic form of GBS is called Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP). There are also variants of GBS including Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (AIDP) and the Miller Fisher Variant, among others.
When provoked by a vaccine, symptoms of GBS typically develop within several days to several weeks following the vaccination. Tingling and weakness in the feet and legs eventually spread to the upper body and arms, making it difficult for the person to move or breathe. Trouble maintaining balance, walking normally, and even swallowing can signal GBS. In severe cases, GBS patients may need to be hospitalized and even ventilated to help them breathe.
Other variants of Guillain-Barre syndrome-type disorders that can be caused by vaccinations include
- Miller Fisher Syndrome
- Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
- Pharyngeal-Cervical-Brachial Variant
- Bickerstaff’s Brainstem Encephalitis (BBE)
- Acute Motor Axonal Neuropathy (AMAN)
How to Receive Compensation for Vaccine-Related GBS
When we use a product as it is intended to be used, whether it is something simple as a toothbrush or as complex as a vaccination, we expect that the product will be both safe and effective.
Unfortunately, it is well recognized by the pharmaceutical, medical, and scientific community that not all vaccinations are completely safe for everyone. Consequently, it is estimated that, on an annual basis, thousands of children and adults suffer mild, moderate, or severe injuries caused by vaccinations. Typically, if someone is injured as the result of a product, the manufacturer of the product is sued for negligence in a product liability claim. When a person is seriously injured or killed as the result of an adverse reaction to a vaccination, that individual can file a claim for compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Hiring a Vaccine Injury Attorney
Finding a vaccine injury attorney with in-depth knowledge of the laws involving the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is difficult, because most personal injury lawyers do not specialize in this type of litigation. However, we are one of the few law firms in the U.S. that offers victims of vaccine injuries the kind of expert representation necessary to file claims in the U.S. Federal Claims Court and get our clients the compensation they deserve from the VICP.
Victims of vaccine injuries like GBS have two to three years to file a lawsuit depending on whether the claim is for an injury or a death. When represented by the competent vaccine injury attorneys working for Howie Law, you or someone you know can receive substantial compensation covering lost wages, current and future medical bills and other unreimbursed, out of pocket expenses, and pain and suffering. Because of the complexity of a vaccine injury lawsuit, attempting to bring a successful vaccine injury lawsuit without expert representation may result in a negative outcome.
The VICP Program
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program allows those who suffer an adverse reaction to a vaccine to file a claim and to obtain compensation for injuries sustained as a direct result of the adverse effects of vaccinations.
However, this is federal court litigation, and a specific set of rules apply to the prosecution of a vaccine-injury claim. Further, these claims are defended by experienced and well-trained lawyers from the US Department of Justice who specialize in defending vaccine injury claims. Be sure to talk with an experienced vaccine-injury attorney before proceeding with your claim.