Most people are immunized against measles when they are children. In very rare cases, the measles vaccine can cause severe side effects — including lifelong seizure disorders, brain damage, life-threatening allergic reaction, and more. If you or your loved one has suffered a measles side effect, you could receive up to $250,000 in financial compensation. To find out if you are eligible for a measles vaccine injury claim, contact The Clark Firm, LLP.
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Measles Vaccine Overview
The measles vaccine is a childhood immunization against measles. This highly contagious viral disease causes an infection of the respiratory system. It is spread on droplets sprayed into the air from coughing and sneezing. The illness itself causes fever, bloodshot eyes, headache, rash, muscle pain, and other debilitating symptoms.
Measles was virtually eradicated in the U.S. and Canada after the measles vaccine was invented. However, today, the incidence of measles is on the rise in developed countries, likely because more people opt out of vaccination.
The MMR vaccine is usually how children are immunized against measles. This vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella. Some children get the MMRV vaccine, which also immunizes against varicella (chickenpox) — however, unfortunately, the MMRV vaccine is linked to higher risks of fever, rash, and seizures than separate varicella and MMR vaccines.
Not everyone gets the MMR vaccine. There are also vaccines against only measles, or measles and rubella (MR vaccine).
Measles Vaccine Side Effects
The chance of suffering a serious measles vaccine side effect is very rare, but it does happen. All vaccines, including the measles vaccine, can cause severe injuries, permanent disability, or death.
Severe injuries that could be caused by the measles vaccine (or a combination vaccine that contains the measles vaccine) include:
- Swelling of the glands in the cheek or neck
- Seizure (jerking or staring) caused by fever (occurs in one per 3,000 doses)
- Temporary pain and stiffness in the joints
- Low blood platelet count, which can cause a permanent blood disorder (occurs in one per 30,000 doses)
- Severe, life-threatening allergic reaction (occurs in one per 1,000,000 doses)
- Long-term seizure disorders
- Lowered consciousness
- Permanent brain damage
- Encephalopathy (encephalitis)
- Chronic arthritis
- Thrombocytopenic purpura (blood disorder)
- Vaccine-Strain Measles viral infection
- And more
Measles Vaccine Injury Claim
Do you have a measles vaccine injury claim? Injuries caused by this vaccine can cause expensive medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and more. Fortunately, you may receive up to $250,000 in financial compensation for your vaccine injury if you file a measles vaccine lawsuit.
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a fund that Congress established in 1989 with a $0.75 tax on all vaccines. The VICP has awarded more than $2.4 billion to compensate the victims of vaccine injuries since 1989. Most people hire a vaccine injury attorney, who can help you present the best case possible to the federal Vaccine Court in Washington D.C.
As of January 1, 2012, there have been 162 measles vaccine injury claims filed with the VICP. Of these, 143 were for injuries, and 19 were for deaths. There were 55 claims that received compensation, and 107 that were dismissed.
There are certain qualifications that must be met before you can file a measles vaccine injury claim, including:
- There is a limit to who can file a claim. The measles vaccine must have harmed you, your child, or your family member who is now disabled or deceased. The official legal guardians of a disabled adult or a child may also be eligible.
- The injury must be very serious. It must have caused disability or death, or lasted for at least six months, or required hospitalization or surgery.
- There is a time limit. You have two years for a claim for death, three years for a claim for injury, and four years for a claim for injury that caused death.
If you have any questions about your measles vaccine lawsuit, contact The Clark Firm, LLP for more information.
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