Recent Developments

Vaccination & SIDS


There has been a lot of controversy over the years as to whether Sudden Infant Death Syndrome can be a result of an adverse reaction to vaccination.  Many parents remain convinced that their child's death so close in proximity to when the child received his or her vaccinations must be more than just a coincidence.  Researchers and medical doctors are starting to understand how vaccination may be playing a role in SIDS. Should I consult with a Vaccine Injury Attorney?


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Vaccine injury fund tops $3.5 billion, as patients fight for payment


In a recent story by Cronkite News, the struggles of individuals and families in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program are well documented, as well as the nature of the fund set aside to pay claims.  Vaccine injury compensation lawyer, Drew Downing, was interviewed for this story.  If you feel you have been injured by a vaccine, it is extremely important that you speak with someone qualified and knowledgeable about vaccine injuries and the process of making a claim.  To access the article, go to: 


http://cronkitenewsonline.com/2015/05/vaccine-injury-fund-tops-3-5-billion-as-patients-fight-for-payment/


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Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration, SIRVA


A very common vaccine injury following immunization results when the person administering the vaccination gives the shot too high up on the arm, resulting in limited range of motion, pain, and weakness. Some of the symptoms and/or diagnoses can be: arm pain, shoulder pain, shoulder dysfunction, frozen shoulder, adhesive capsulitis, shoulder bursitis, and brachial neuritis. This condition is a well known vaccine injury known as Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration, or "SIRVA". If this has happened to you, you may want to consult Andrew Downing, a Vaccine Injury Lawyer.


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Flu Shot Continues to Be Most Dangerous

In a recent report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the flu vaccine remains the top culprit for causing vaccine injury.  Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a crippling neurological disease, remains the top flu shot injury being awarded compensation in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.


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Flu Vaccine Linked to Narcolepsy

A recently published study found the flu vaccination related to a much higher risk of developing narcolepsy, a lifelong disorder in which people fall asleep involuntarily and experience spells of muscle weakness.  Flu shot injuries have long had a central and peripheral nervous system component, such as developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome from an adverse reaction to the flu shot.


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2013 flu vaccine not very effective

This year's flu vaccine was far less effective than officials previously thought, particularly for the elderly, according to officials with the CDC. The vaccine was only 9% effective in protecting people in that age group. An H3N2 flu strain has been the most dominant and has been especially hard on the elderly. Despite the fact that the flu vaccine doesn't work very well, the risks of developing an adverse reaction to the flu shot and sustaining a vaccine injury remain the same.


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The FDA has approved two new flu vaccines for people with egg allergies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two new flu vaccines that would give people who are allergic to eggs an opportunity to receive a flu shot. Currently, people with egg allergies cannot get a flu vaccine because it is egg-based. The vaccine is made after the influenza virus grows inside an egg. At this point, someone with an egg allergy who receives the seasonal flu vaccination is at risk from suffering a flu vaccine side effect such as anaphylaxis.


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Supreme Court to consider attorney's fees issue in vaccine injury claim

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a party who suffered a vaccine injury but whose petition under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was dismissed as untimely may recover an award of attorney fees and costs from the Vaccine Program. Many times a Vaccine Injury Attorney will take a client's case and be forced to proceed with the vaccine claim before all of the facts are determined. The Vaccine Attorney makes the claim in good faith, even though there is a chance that the claim may be determined at a later date to be time barred.


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Do you have a vaccine injury claim?

Vaccine injuries can be complicated medical cases, and be painful and lifelong problems for the victim.  If you feel as though you may have a vaccine injury, contact a vaccine injury lawyer as soon as possible.  Remember - there are very strict deadlines in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for filing your vaccine claim.  Our attorneys will review your medical records, when your symptoms first started, and how recently a vaccination took place.  Vaccine injuries compensated by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program can include:


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Is the flu shot worth it?

Flu shot injuries are one of the most common claims made in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.  Despite this fact, we hear on the television in an onslaught of advertising that "it is time to get your flu shot".   The truth is, in the past couple of years, researchers have found that the flu vaccine can provide only moderate protection against that particular year's flu.


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Vaccine injury lawyers fees paid by Vaccine Program, not by the victim

One of the great features of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is that the attorney's fees and expenses associated with bringing the injury claim are paid for by the VICP and not by the injured person or their family. Likewise, no contingency fees are taken out of a vaccine injury recovery in the VICP.


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The Flu Shot and Paralyzing Nerve Disorders

Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is an uncommon but serious autoimmune disorder that damages the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system refers to the nerves in the body outside the brain and spinal cord.


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Parents, Teens Question Safety of the HPV Vaccine, Gardasil

There have been thousands of reported cases of vaccine injury following administration of the Gardasil vaccine, a vaccine that is given in three separate shots to help prevent cervical cancer.


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"Discovery Rule" for vaccine injuries does not apply to the statute of limitations

Probably the hardest thing for a vaccine injury attorney to tell a client is that they have missed the statute of limitations and their claim for benefits in the Program is time-barred.


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Vaccine manufacturers cannot be sued outside of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

The Supreme Court recently ruled in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Act preempted lawsuits based on defective design claims in state courts.


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