Recently, we settled a vaccine injury compensation claim in which our client received a substantial monetary recovery to help compensate her for her injuries. Our client received a Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccine after a routine doctor’s appointment. As is customary, the doctor asked if she was up-to-date with her Tetanus vaccine to which I am sure she indicated she could not remember. The doctor then, without much conversation or discussion, gave her the Tetanus vaccine. Unfortunately, within less than two weeks she started experiencing pain and swelling in her arm ultimately leading to almost complete loss of use of her forearm and hand. Ultimately, she was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome which is damage to the nerves of her hand and forearm.
The first issue is whether she needed the Tetanus vaccine. I recall a conversation with my doctor and recall him asking me the same question about the timing of my last Tetanus vaccine. Of course, I remember getting one when I was a child. I also remembered getting one after I cut myself on something, again, when I was much younger, but did not remember the last time. He indicated that there should be a booster every 10 years. I asked the “million dollar question” of what would happen if I didn’t get the vaccine and he said that I could get very sick and/or die if I stepped on a rusty nail. I then explained that if I did step on a rusty nail, and I have on many occasions, I would go to the hospital. I asked him how much time I would have and he indicated I would have hours if not days before it would get horrible. Again, I asked “why would I get a Tetanus shot now” to which he replied, “if you to go Canada fishing and step on a rusty nail you could die before you get medical help”. I thought about it and then decided I wouldn’t go to Canada on any fishing trips. Problem solved – no vaccine.
The long story short, Tetanus shots can serve a good purpose; however, just because we are supposed to get a Tetanus shot doesn’t mean you must follow all of the orders. Think about it before you make your decision. If you have a profession whereby you routinely expose yourself to cuts and infections then it might be a good idea. On the other hand, if you don’t then maybe you do not want to take the risk.
In any event, in this case she received the Tetanus shot and had a serious injury to which we ultimately helped her recover a substantial sum of money without the need of a hearing. We worked with our expert witness to prove the vaccine caused the injury.
Our client lived out of state and I made several trips to visit her. Never once did she have to come to my office in Wisconsin. The trips were paid for out of the fees and costs recovered in the Vaccine Compensation Program. None of our expenses including the travel were paid for by the client.
In addition, we obtained all the necessary information we needed to prove our case from her doctors by her simply signing the appropriate authorizations. Her job was to get better physically while our job was to get her compensation, to which we did.
If you or a loved one have had an adverse reaction from any type of vaccine please contact us for a no obligation, no cost consultation. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program covers any injury caused by a vaccine regardless of the age of the recipient. Do not lose your legal rights as well as your right to recover compensation for your injuries from an adverse reaction to a vaccine. Take action and call in the Chicago area (312) 988-4830, New York City area (212) 521-4192 or our toll free number (866) 455-2993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.