The VICP (The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) was established in 1986 to help compensate vaccine recipients and their families who have been severely injured as a result of adverse effects from certain vaccines. The statute, including the “Vaccine Injury Table”, governing the VICP has been amended several times since 1986 and recently it was amended again. To gain compensation under this program, a petitioner must establish that a vaccine-related injury or death has occurred, either by proving that a vaccine actually caused or significantly aggravated an injury or by demonstrating the occurrence of what is referred to as a “Table Injury.” In other words, that the petitioner incurred one of the “illness, disability, injury, or conditions” first occurring within time specified between receiving the vaccine and the initial symptoms.
According to the most recent (December 2016) DOJ presentation to the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines within the US department of Health and Human Services, nearly 75% of the compensated cases for the 3rd quarter of 2016 in the Vaccine Court were to petitioners who had adverse effects from the flu vaccine. One of the amendments recently made to the “Table” was to include the injury of Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS) following the seasonal influenza vaccination.
What is Guillain-Barre syndrome(GBS)?
Guillain-Barre syndrome(GBS) is a rare disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms. These sensations often begin in the legs and can quickly spread to the arms and upper body, and can be so intense that the muscles are almost entirely paralyzed. In its most severe form GBS is a medical emergency. Most people with the condition must be hospitalized to receive treatment.
There’s currently no known cure for GBS, but several treatments can ease symptoms and reduce the duration of the illness. Most people recover from GBS, though some may experience lingering effects from it, such as weakness, numbness or fatigue throughout the rest of their life.
GBS usually occurs a few days or weeks after the patient has had symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection. Occasionally surgery has been thought to trigger the syndrome. It has been claimed and we have successfully helped patients recover damage through the National Vaccine Injury Program that GBS can be caused by the flu vaccine.
Do you qualify for compensation in the VICP?
If you or a loved one has developed GBS, or any serious adverse reaction, as a result of the seasonal flu vaccine please contact Krueger Hernandez & Thompson SC for a no cost, no obligation consultation. We have been representing people injured from adverse reactions to vaccines including the flu vaccine since shortly before the Act began, including six figure settlements for flu vaccine associated GBS. The Program pays for your attorney’s fees and costs so there is no financial risk for you to pursue a claim as long as it is legitimate. Additionally, we represent people throughout the United States and will travel at our expense to meet you. Vaccine cases are unlike traditional lawsuits and all vaccine proceedings in the Vaccine Court use technical and specialized rules and procedures which are time sensitive, so contact us today. You can contact our Vaccine Lawyers by calling 1-800-431-9776 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. At Krueger Hernandez & Thompson SC, we listen, we care, we get results!