Experts know that in rare cases, the diphtheria vaccine can cause severe side effects — including brain damage, seizures, life-threatening allergic reactions, and more. If you, your child, or your loved one has been injured, you may have a diphtheria vaccine injury claim. The federal government has established a no-fault Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which may award up to $250,000 for your case.
Do I Have a Diphtheria Vaccine Lawsuit? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one has been injured by the diphtheria vaccine, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Diphtheria Vaccine Lawsuit.
Diphtheria Vaccine Overview
Diphtheria is a severe, life-threatening, and highly contagious bacterial infection of the upper respiratory tract. The symptoms of diphtheria typically begin 2-5 days after exposure. The skin and lips may turn a bluish color. The infection is most likely to affect the nose and throat, where it may cause a thick, fibrous, gray-black covering that obstructs the person’s throat. Toxins produced by the bacteria can also poison the bloodstream. Approximately 10% of people who have this disease will die. For the people who survive, recovery is very slow.
Diphtheria is rare in the United States because most people get vaccinated in childhood with a diphtheria vaccine. Most people actually get a combination vaccine called DTaP, which is given in 5 doses during the child’s first few years of life, and immunizes against diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus. The vaccine is not effective forever — in fact, experts recommend getting a booster shot (the Tdap vaccine) before entering high school.
Diphtheria Vaccine Side Effects
Vaccines are known to cause life-threatening side effects, although they are far less likely to occur than the disease they are intended to prevent. The diphtheria vaccination is no exception. Side effects of this vaccine may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Allergic reaction, which may be life-threatening
- Anaphylaxis, anaphylactic shock
- Encephalopathy (encephalitis)
- Seizure (staring or jerking)
- High fever (above 105)
- Long-term seizure disorders
- Lowered consciousness
- Permanent brain damage
- Brachial neuritis (neurological and muscular disorder)
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- And more
If you are unsure whether your vaccine injury qualifies you for a diphtheria vaccine lawsuit, contact The Clark Firm, LLP today for more information.
Diphtheria Vaccine Injury Claims
If you or your loved one was injured by the diphtheria vaccine, you may be eligible for up to $250,000. You may wish to hire a qualified vaccine injury attorney, who can help you make the best case possible for the highest amount of money you deserve. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost income, and more.
Not everyone qualifies for a diphtheria vaccine injury claim. The following requirements must first be met:
- Only VICP-covered vaccines are eligible. The vaccine must have caused injury to you or your child. You may also file a claim if you are the legal guardian of a child or a disabled adult who was injured by the diphtheria vaccine.
- The VICP limits claims to serious injuries only. The injury must meet one of the following criteria: It lasted for at least six months, or caused hospitalization, or needed surgery, or caused a disability, or caused death.
- An injury claim must be filed within three years. A claim for death must be filed within two years. You have four years to file a claim for an injury that eventually caused death.
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