The Flu Shot and GBS

Nikki Nobbe - Vaccine Injury AttornetyHave you been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) after having a flu shot? It is important to know that if you have suffered from GBS in the days or  weeks following a vaccination you could have a claim the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and should discuss your situation with us.

The Mayo Clinic identifies that the influenza or childhood vaccinations can be a cause of GBS. While GBS can be caused by other health issues, the VICP, a program administered by the federal government, also recognizes that GBS following influenza vaccinations can occur, in fact it is included on the Vaccine Injury Table.  Meaning that if you had an influenza vaccination and suffered from GBS within 3 to 42 days after having your vaccination, the VICP presumes that the vaccination is the cause of your injury. If your injury resulted in inpatient hospitalization and surgical intervention or your injury lasted for six months or more, or it is anticipated you will suffer from the disorder for that length of time, you would meet the criteria for a table claim.

It is important to note that if you are diagnosed with GBS outside that time frame you may still have a claim and you should contact us. Our consultation and investigation of your claim is completely free, there is no charge for speaking with us about your case.

We have worked with many clients who have suffered from GBS and understand the toll and financial burden the injury can cause. The VICP was established to compensate individuals that suffer from this type of injury and acknowledges that vaccine reactions can, and do occur. If you are suffering from GBS as a result of a vaccination you may be eligible for compensation including lost wages, unreimbursed medical expenses, and what is called “pain and suffering” meaning compensation for all you had to endure as a result of GBS, including the pain, stress of hospital stays, grueling physical therapy and the like.

You can contact us about a possible Vaccine Injury by visiting our contact page, emailing me directly at Nnobbe@MooreHeffernanLaw.Com or calling our firm toll free at 1-844-589-2889. You can learn more about the Claim Process here and about GBS here.

“I THINK I HAVE A SIRVA INJURY. DO I HAVE TO WAIT TO FILE A CLAIM?”

We have written a lot recently about persons experiencing shoulder pain after receiving a shot.  We offer help by representing people with claims in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).  The VICP is a federal program, which compensates persons who experience a Vaccine Injury, which occurs when a child or adult experiences certain adverse reactions after receiving one of several covered vaccinations.

One of the injuries which are entitled to compensation is “SIRVA,” a medical term which stands for Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration.  While it is frequently the result of a flu shot, it also happens when people are vaccinated for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, pneumonia, and other vaccines.

When we are contacted by people with SIRVA, they often tell us the shot was a few weeks ago, and they are still having problems.  They will ask us, “is now the right time to contact you?” and “what should I do if the pain does not go away?”

The answer we give is “yes, we can discuss your situation now, and if you are still having problems later, we can help you with a claim for your injury.”  The VICP generally requires that a person with a SIRVA claim actually have the shoulder pain for at least six months.  But we offer free consultation to anyone, at any time, who believes they may be suffering from SIRVA, even if it has been less than six months.  Because when a person is hurting and doesn’t know what to do, it is important that he or she at least understands what they can do.

You can contact us about a possible Vaccine Injury by visiting our Contact page. And you can learn more about the VICP and the firm’s representation of persons with possible Vaccine Injury claims by visiting the Vaccine Injury page and other articles in our Blog. You can also email me directly at RMoeller@MooreHeffernanLaw.Com

THE FLU SHOT AND SHOULDER INJURY “SIRVA”

It’s Flu Shot Season, and the CDC has recommended that nearly everyone gets vaccinated. However, the CDC also warns that on rare occasions, flu vaccination can cause serious problems, and that people who think that they have been injured by the flu shot can file a claim for compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. As detailed in the following news segment, vaccinations can result in shoulder injuries “SIRVA”.

We have previously illustrated this risk on our blog post  “What is a SIRVA Injury” . SIRVA which stands for Shoulder Injury Resulting From Vaccine Administration, is an injury that we have discussed with many individuals, who often come to us in shock that a Flu Shot has caused them so much pain.

What you should know if you are suffering from shoulder pain as a result from a vaccination, such as the Flu Shot, your experience is real and unfortunately not uncommon. Furthermore, your injury may be eligible for compensation.  As many attorneys and physicians are unaware of the Vaccine Injury Program, it is important that you contact an attorney experienced with vaccine injury cases, as we can provide expertise and assist you in determining if you have vaccine injury claim. Contacting us to discuss your injury is without risk, specifically, we will investigate and discuss your possible claim at no cost. We recognize that you may be hesitant to contact us regarding your claim, but in our experience it is worth it to contact us to discuss your claim, a topic we previously blogged about here and here.

If you believe you may have experienced a SIRVA injury, please reach out to us directly. My direct email is RMoeller@MooreHeffernanLaw.Com.  Nikki Nobbe, another attorney that is experienced with these cases can be contacted at NNobbe@MooreHeffernanLaw.Com.  We are both listed on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program website as practicing attorneys: https://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/Updated_Vaccine_Attorney_List.pdf.

You can also contact us through the Chat function on our website or here. When you contact us either Nikki or myself will reach out to you directly and as soon as possible.

VAERS IS NOT THE VICP

Richard Moeller - Vaccine Injury AttorneyIf you or your child have ever received a vaccine, such as a childhood immunization (DTaP, MMR, etc.), or the HPV vaccine (including Gardasil), or the seasonal flu shot, you may have been given an information sheet.  They include facts about the diseases being prevented by the vaccine, and possible side effects.

They also contain two other pieces of information: how to report a reaction to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), and information about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) for persons who may have been injured by the vaccine.  The two are not the same.

VAERS is a national surveillance program sponsored by agencies of the federal government to collect and analyze information about adverse events and possible side effects that occur after a shot or immunization.  VAERS collects reports of reactions from the person or parent of the person receiving the vaccination, or the provider administering it, such as a physician, doctor, nurse, hospital, clinic, or pharmacy.

The VICP is much different.  The VICP is a federal program for persons who experience a Vaccine Injury, which occurs when a child or adult experiences certain adverse reactions after receiving one of several vaccinations covered under the program.  When a person has had one of these vaccines, and then suffers an illness or condition, they may have a Vaccine Injury and can file a claim for compensation from the VICP.

It is critical to know that if you or your doctor makes a report to VAERS, it is NOT a claim to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Also, a report to VAERS will not extend the time to file a claim for compensation.

How can Vaccine Injury Pros help you? 

You can contact us about a possible Vaccine Injury by visiting our Contact page. And you can learn more about the NVICP and the firm’s representation of persons with possible Vaccine Injury claims by visiting the Vaccine Injury page and other articles in our Blog.

Are SIRVA Injuries on the rise?

Last month I wrote about changes to the Vaccine Richard Moeller - Vaccine Injury AttorneyInjury Table, which included adding SIRVA injuries.  The decision to add this type of injury came about after a study of shoulder injuries was conducted by Dr. Sarah Atanasoff for the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  According to Dr. Atanasoff, a review of claims filed with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) showed a pattern emerging with common features of shoulder pain following vaccination, with most being the seasonal flu shot. The study referred to this type of injury as “SIRVA” which stands for shoulder injury related to vaccine administration.  Often the patients felt that the injection had been too high in the arm or shoulder area, and experienced shoulder pain beyond the site of the shot.

The change in the Table recognizes that now, much more than in years past, many of the claims filed and entitled to compensation from the VICP are due to SIRVA.  And in our own experience, most of the cases we have filed in the last few years involve shoulder injuries following a flu shot or other vaccination, compared to the neurological conditions resulting from vaccines.  This trend makes sense if, as Dr. Atanasoff found, literature supports the possibility that these shoulder injuries can be traced to the inappropriate technique of injection, and if you consider the larger number of flu shots administered every year by non-typical vaccine administrators, such as pharmacists.  So, it may be that SIRVA injuries in the VICP are on the rise just because there are more vaccinations given every year and a growing awareness of that in rare instances they can lead to complications.  We list many of these conditions associated with SIRVA.

When our firm is contacted by a person who believes they may have suffered any injury from one of the vaccines covered by the VICP, there is no fee to visit about the claim, or to investigate the claim, or to pursue the claim.  You can contact us about a possible Vaccine Injury by visiting our Contact page. And you can learn more about the VICP and the firm’s representation of persons with possible Vaccine Injury claims by visiting our Vaccine Injury Pros website and other articles in our Blog.