Vaccines are essential for keeping us healthy and safe from diseases. But sometimes, vaccines have negative side effects. When a vaccine side effect causes permanent damage or long-lasting symptoms, these side effects are often referred to as vaccine injuries in the legal world.
Vaccine injuries can be scary and have long-term effects that could change the way you have to live your life. You may also be eligible to receive compensation for these injuries and your recovery care thanks to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
Vaccine Injury Time Table
One important aspect of a vaccine injury case is the statute of limitations. You only have a certain amount of time to file a claim after experiencing a symptom or someone died from the vaccine injury.
The Vaccine Injury Timetable shows vaccines, possible injuries, and the time period for when the symptoms will typically appear. When the timetable changes, so does the statute of limitations. The timetable can be changed so people have a higher chance of recovering, and this will make the statute of limitations longer so you have more time to file your claim.
In the cases of filing a vaccine injury claim for Guillain-Barré Syndrome, or GBS, and Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration, or SIRVA, the time table has changed. GBS is on the vaccine table for seasonal flu shots. SIRVA is an added injury for all the vaccines on the table. The statute of limitations states that if you sustained GBS or SIRVA injuries after March 21, 2009, you have until March 21, 2019 to seek damages.
Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
This is a rare disorder where the immune system harms the nervous system. It’s also known as Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy.
People can get Guillain-Barré Syndrome from the influenza vaccine. This might deter some people from getting a vaccine, but the CDC highly encourages certain types of people to get the vaccine. Children above 6 months of age, people over the age of 50, women who are pregnant or will be pregnant, people who work in health care, and more.
Guillain-Barré syndrome has several different symptoms. People with this syndrome will typically have major weakness after two to four weeks.
- Prickling Sensations in Fingers, Wrists, Toes, or Ankles
- Issues with Breathing
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Troubles with Balance and Walking Straight
- Speaking and Chewing is Difficult
Because these symptoms can worsen, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. You have a better chance of recovery when you start treating the symptoms early.
Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)
People can get SIRVA after getting vaccines like the flu shot and tetanus shot. While it’s common for shoulder shots to be sore for about two days after the shot is administered, symptoms beyond that might indicate a more serious problem.
SIRVA is a result of incorrect vaccine placement. Instead of going into the deltoid muscle tissue, it goes into the shoulder joint.
- Chronic Shoulder Pain
- Trouble with Moving the Shoulder
There are treatment options available to help deal with inflammation in your shoulder, but like Guillain- Barré syndrome, it’s better to get to a doctor early.
You have the right to seek legal action if you’ve suffered a vaccine injury. The Milwaukee vaccine injury lawyers at Urban & Taylor are ready to help you file a claim. No matter where you’re located, we’ll do all we can to get you compensation for your injuries.