When a Flu Vaccine Allergic Reaction is Life-Threatening

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jan 14, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Vaccines save lives and protect us from the spread of disease, especially during flu season. People are vaccinated every day without problems, but a serious vaccine injury can occur on very rare occasions.

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening, whole-body reaction that can start minutes or hours after a person receives a vaccination. It’s a medical emergency that requires immediate action.

This rare but severe allergic reaction to a flu vaccine -- and numerous other vaccines -- is often unpredictable, but it can kill or permanently injure a person when it happens. Victims may suddenly be unable to breathe, and in some cases they can suffer from cardiac arrest, shock or respiratory arrest. Complications from anaphylaxis can leave a person with permanent health problems.

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund (VICP) was created as a means for victims to seek compensation for unexpected health problems resulting from a vaccination.

Contact Anapol Weiss if you or a loved one suffered from a severe reaction to a vaccine. No one can change what happened, but we can navigate the legal process as you focus on recovery.  You can also click on the button below for more helpful information about filing vaccine claims.

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Topics: Vaccination Injury

$3 Million Obtained for Man Suffering from Rare Vaccine Injury

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Nov 19, 2015 4:13:03 PM

A Nevada man who suffered a rare but severe reaction to a flu vaccine has been awarded a $3 million settlement by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

vaccine injury lawyers     Vaccine injury lawyers Larry Cohan and David Carney represented Pierce before the VICP.

Weeks after receiving a flu vaccination, Jeffrey Pierce went to the hospital with complaints of weakness and numbness as well as nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and vertigo. He was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), an incurable disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the nervous system. GBS causes varying degrees of paralysis in the arms and legs.

Despite rigorous therapy, Pierce’s condition worsened, and he became unable to walk and suffered from pain, tremors, decreased endurance, and other issues. He continues to experience pain and severe weakness in his extremities and now requires a walker.

The settlement will compensate Mr. Pierce for medical treatment, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. He will receive an initial lump sump of $1,173,515 plus annuity payments for future medical care.

“We are ecstatic about the settlement for Mr. Pierce and his family. He was enjoying a successful career and was providing for his family before his vaccine-injury derailed his life,” said attorney Larry Cohan, who represented Pierce. “However, with this settlement, we are optimistic that Mr. Pierce can wipe out his medical bills, get the necessary medical care for his GBS, and still have enough financial stability for him and his family.”

Despite Mr. Pierce’s reaction, the attorneys at Anapol Weiss remind people that vaccines are essential to public health. “It’s important to remember that vaccines are critical to eradicating disease in our society.  Injuries related to vaccines, such as the one Mr. Pierce experienced, are extremely rare and therefore we encourage everyone to become educated and follow your doctor’s advice,” said David Carney, who represented Pierce along with Cohan.

If you have questions about filing a vaccine injury claim, download our free infographic.

Topics: Vaccine Injury, Vaccine Attorney, Vaccination Injury

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