Do you have a meningitis vaccine injury claim? If this vaccine harmed you, your child, or your loved one, you may be entitled to $250,000 from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). This federal program has paid more than $2.4 billion to help thousands of victims of vaccine injuries. Rare but serious meningitis vaccine side effects include whole-body allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), fainting spells, and more. These side effects could cause severe injury, disability, or death.
Do I Have a Meningitis 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 after getting the meningitis vaccine, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Meningitis Vaccine Lawsuit.
Meningitis Vaccine Overview
The meningitis vaccine is the best way to prevent bacterial meningitis, a life-threatening disease caused by several strains of meningococcal bacteria. The meningitis disease occurs when bacteria causes infection, inflammation, and damage to the spinal cord and protective covering around the brain. A meningitis infection can also poison the blood. Every year, 1,000-1,200 people get meningitis. It most often affects infants (who are highly susceptible to severe injury) and young adults, often in college dorms or military service. Approximately 10-15% of people die from the disease, and another 11-19% suffer permanent complications, such as amputated arms or legs, brain damage, central nervous system disorders, decreased hearing or deafness, seizures, strokes, and more.
Most health experts recommend one of three meningitis vaccines to prevent this disease:
- Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4): This is the most common meningitis vaccine, given to people under 55 years of age, in two doses. The first dose is given at age 11-12, and the second shot is a booster shot at age 16. Many colleges recommend this vaccine before entering freshman dormitories.
- Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (MPSV4): This is the only meningitis vaccine given to people who are older than 55 years of age.
- MenHibrix: This is a newly-approved vaccine that combines the meningitis vaccine with a vaccination against Hib disease. It is given to infants ages 6 weeks to 18 months.
Meningitis Vaccine Side Effects
Around half of people who get a meningitis vaccine have a side effect, usually tenderness at the injection site or low-grade fever that may persist for 1-2 days. Side effects are more common with the MPSV4 vaccine than the MCV4 vaccine. Serious side effects are very rare, but they do happen occasionally. Anaphylaxis (or “anaphylactic shock”) is one of the most serious side effects, and it occurs when the vaccine triggers a whole-body immune response. This can cause the throat to swell, blocking the airway, causing suffocation, brain damage, and death.
Severe meningitis vaccine side effects may include, but are not limited to the following:
- High-grade fever (above 105 degrees)
- Brief fainting spells, which can cause falls or injuries
- Jerking, seizure-like movements
- Serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis, anaphylactic shock)
- Brain damage
- Intellectual or physical disability
- And more
Meningitis Vaccine Injury Claim
If you have a meningitis vaccine injury claim, you could be entitled to as much as $250,000 for your pain and suffering, lost income, medical bills, legal expenses, and more. The federal government compensates the victims of vaccine injuries from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Funded by a $0.75 tax on all vaccines, the VICP helps people who were injured by vaccines and protects vaccine manufacturers from vaccine injury lawsuits. Since the VICP began in 1989, the court has awarded more than $2.4 billion to thousands of injured people and their families.
The VICP does not award compensation to all claims, which is one reason why many people decide to hire a vaccine injury lawyer. Your lawyer can help you make the best case possible, for the most compensation you deserve.
To qualify for a meningitis vaccine lawsuit, you must meet the following requirements:
- The meningitis vaccine must have caused a serious injury to you, or your child, or your family member who is now disabled or deceased. You may also be eligible if you are a legal guardian of a person who was injured by the meningitis vaccine.
- A “serious injury” means that it caused disability or death, or lasted for six months or more, or required hospitalization or surgery.
- The meningitis vaccine lawsuit must be filed within a certain amount of time. The time limit is 2 years for a death, 3 years for an injury, and 4 years for an injury that eventually caused death.
Meningitis vaccine lawsuits have a higher rate of compensation than most other vaccine injury claims. The VICP has received 24 claims, including 23 injury claims and 1 claim for death. Thus far, 10 claims have been awarded financial compensation, and 2 claims have been dismissed.
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