Vaccine Lawsuit Information

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Plan (NVICP) was established in 1988 by congress to help individuals who have been affected by the severe and rare reactions caused by vaccinations. This program was established to help people affected to receive compensation quickly.  There are never any fees unless we collect a settlement for you.

Who Is Eligible For This Compensation?

In order to receive compensation, an adult, parent or legal guardian may file a claim. Below are the specific criteria a person will need to meet in order to be eligible.

  • You must have been vaccinated in the United States unless enlisted in the military or worked for the United States government
  • You do not need to be a citizen of the United States.
  • The specific vaccine is covered by the NVICP
  • The vaccine caused serious injury or condition or has made an existing illness worse.
  • The illness must have lasted longer than 6 months, OR
  • The illness resulted in a hospital stay, OR
  • The illness resulted in death.
  • If you were injured, you have 3 years from the time the symptom was first noticed.
  • If death, within 2 years of the individual’s death and within 4 years of the start of the first symptom that resulted in death.
  • What Vaccinations Are Included In The NVICP?

This information below is credited to http://www.hrsa.gov and is linked their site for your use and information.

  • Diphtheria (e.g., DTP, DTaP, Tdap, DT, Td, TT)
  • Haemophilus influenza type b polysaccharide conjugate vaccines (e.g., Hib)
  • Hepatitis A (e.g., HAV)
  • Hepatitis B (e.g., HBV)
  • Human papillomavirus (e.g., HPV)
  • Seasonal influenza (e.g., Flu)
  • Note: Non-Seasonal Flu Vaccines are not VICP-covered vaccines.
  • Measles (e.g., MMR)
  • Mumps (e.g., MMR, MR, M)
  • Meningococcal (e.g., MCV4, MPSV4, MenB-FHbp, MenB-4C)
  • Note: All other formulations of meningococcal vaccines, such as vaccines produced by recombinant DNA technology, are covered under the VICP in otherwise eligible individuals.
  • Pertussis (e.g., DTP, DTaP, Tdap)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (e.g., PCV)
  • Note: Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV, PPV) is not a VICP-covered vaccine.
  • Polio (e.g., OPV or IPV)
  • Rotavirus (e.g., RV)
  • Rubella (e.g., MMR, MR, R)
  • Tetanus (e.g., Td)
  • Varicella (e.g., VAR)
  • Prevnar 13 – pneumonia
  • Gardasil / Cervarix – Dysautonomia, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
  • Note: Herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine is not a VICP-covered vaccine

Reactions To Vaccines?

Guillain Barre Syndrome – Normally seen after a routine flu shot

  • Infuenza Vaccine or Flu Shot
  • Hepatitis A or B
  • Gardasil or HPV
  • Tetanus, Tdap or Dtap
  • Menactra (MCV4)
  • Other common vaccines as well
    • Feeling of pins and needles in your arms and legs
    • Leg weakness which tends to move upward
    • Hard to walk and keep balance
    • Chewing or swallowing could be difficult
    • Difficulty breathing

Transverse Myelitis (TM) – Normally seen after a routine flu shot

  • Neurological disorder causing swelling in the spinal cord
  • Interruption of nerves from the spinal cord to the rest of the body
  • Viral and bacterial infections
  • Lower back pain
  • Abnormal sensation in your toes
  • Loss of bowels
  • Urinary retention

Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis or ADEM

Vaccines which could cause reactions are:

  • Flu shot
  • Gardasil
  • Menactra
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella
  • Hepatitis B
  • Other common vaccines
    • An Acute attack of inflammation on the brain that damages myelin
    • Fever
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Seizures
    • Vision loss
    • Weakness which could cause paralysis

Brachial Neuritis

Vaccines which could cause reactions are:

  • DTap
  • Tetanus
  • Pertussis
  • Flu shot
  • Hepatitis B
    • Swelling and inflammation of nerve bundles
    • Sharp pain or burning in upper arm or shoulders
    • Pain goes away after a few weeks followed by severe weakness in the arm

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) –

Vaccines which could cause reactions are:

  • The Flu Shot
  • Diphhtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Tetanus
  • dTap
    • Immune system slowly attacks peripheral nerves causing weakness or paralysis in arms or legs.
    • Fatigue
    • Weakness in arms and legs
    • Numbness

Intussusception

Vaccines which could cause reactions are:

  • Rotavirus
    • Intestinal blockage – Intestine folding in on itself which eventually causes blockage to blood flow
    • Severe stomach pain
    • Vomiting
    • Diareha
    • Lathargy
    • Swollen Abdomen
    • Bloody bowel movements
    • Intense crying from infants that come in waves

Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura

Vaccines which could cause reactions are:

  • MMR
    • The immune system destroys its own platelets
    • Bruise and bleed easy
    • Bleeding under skin causing pin point red spots or rash
    • Nose bleeds
    • Gum bleeding
    • Heavy menstrual cycle for women
    • In rare cases bleeding of the brain

Neuromyelitis Optica

Also known as Devic’s syndrome. Vaccines which could cause reactions are:

  • HPV
    • Damage on the optic nerve
    • Inflammation
    • Loss of vision
    • Damage to spinal cord causing loss of bowel movements
    • Weakness in arms and legs

Dermatomyositis

Vaccines which could cause reactions are:

  • H1N1
  • Trivalent Influenza
  • Hepatitis B
    • Immune system attacks blood vessels in the muscle and skin
    • Skin rash ( pink or purple ) usually appearing on the face, eyelids and sometimes joints
    • Rash could get scaly and worse in sunlight
    • Muscle weakness
    • Fatiuge
    • Fever
    • Weight loss
    • Stomach Ulcers
    • Lung problems
    • Calcium under skin

Narcolepsy

Vaccines which could cause reactions are:

  • 2009 H1N1
    • A rare sleep disorder that causes someone to fall asleep unexpectedly
    • Children and adults who took the H1N1 in 2009 are at a higher risk of developing narcolepsy
    • Vivid dreams
    • Muscle weakness
    • Hallucinations
    • No current cure for narcolepsy

SIRVA

Vaccines which could cause reactions are:

  • Seasonal Flu Shot
    • Shoulder pain after getting the flu shot which last a long period of time
    • Shoulder tendinitis
    • Tendon and ligament injury
    • Cuff tears
    • Frozen shoulder

Autism Related Symptoms?

At this time, we are not accepting any cases for children diagnosed with autism or autism-related disorders due to the Government’s position that vaccines do not cause autism. While we do not necessarily agree with the position, the Government will consider any case filed to recover for autism or an autism-related disorder “bad faith.” We apologize and hope the science catches up to make this a viable claim.

What to do now?

If you feel you have a vaccine lawsuit and would like to speak with someone on our legal team, please call toll free today: 1-800-515-9181. At D. Miller & Associates, PLLC we take pride in helping our clients with personal attention and listening to your story. We have settled over $200,000,000.00 for our clients and we can help get the justice you deserve. There is never any fee unless we collect a settlement for you. Please call us today for your free consultation.