Chickenpox (varicella) is a highly contagious disease that can cause severe injury or death. Many people get the chickenpox vaccine to prevent this disease. Unfortunately, the vaccine itself can sometimes cause severe injury — including severe allergic reaction, seizures, pneumonia, brain damage, and more.
What You Can Do & How a Chickenpox Vaccine Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, LLP is currently accepting chickenpox vaccine induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Vaccine Injury Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
Chickenpox Vaccine Overview
Chickenpox is a highly contagious skin disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It causes itchy, blister-like rashes all over the body, as well as fatigue and fever. The infection can be very serious, even life-threatening, especially for babies, adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. Since the chickenpox vaccine was introduced in 1994, the number of serious incidents of chickenpox has decreased dramatically.
The chickenpox vaccine is the best protection against chickenpox. It is made from weakened varicella virus that causes an immune response. Your body creates antibodies which can identify and kill varicella in the future, before the virus causes chickenpox.
Chickenpox Vaccine Side Effects
Unfortunately, the chickenpox vaccine sometimes causes severe complications. These include seizures, high fevers, pneumonia, and life-threatening allergic reactions. Although these reactions are rare, they can cause severe injury, permanent disability, or death. The risk of febrile seizures is about twice as high for children who receive the chickenpox vaccine in combination with the MMR vaccine as opposed to two separate vaccines.
Chickenpox vaccine side effects may include:
- Allergic reaction at the injection site, which may be life-threatening
- Soreness, redness, or swelling (which may be severe)
- Skin rash or bumps, which may last up to a month after vaccination and be contagious
- Seizure (jerking or staring) caused by fever
- Severe brain reactions
- Low blood count
- And more
An ongoing CDC study has found that children who get the MMRV vaccine (a combination of measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella) may be twice as likely to suffer a seizure 7-10 days after vaccination compared to children who get separate MMR and varicella vaccines (2 shots) during the same doctor’s visit.
Furthermore, do not give aspirin or ibuprofen to someone who may have chickenpox or 6 weeks after chickenpox infection. Use of aspirin during this time has been associated with Reyes Syndrome — sudden, severe brain damage and liver problems. Use of ibuprofen has been associated with severe secondary infections.
Chickenpox Vaccine Lawyer
Chickenpox injury claims are not like most other drug injury claims. The federal government has set up a special fund to compensate people who are injured by vaccines, called the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Your VICP claim must be filed in the Federal Vaccine Court in Washington D.C.
Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a no-fault program to compensate the people who are injured by vaccines. This means that you can receive compensation just by proving that there is a high likelihood that your injury was caused by the vaccine. Compensation may be up to $250,000. Since the fund was established in 1989, the VICP has paid more than $2.4 billion to compensate the victims of vaccine injuries.
To make it easier for people to see if they qualify, the VICP has created a Vaccine Injury Table, which lists eligible vaccines and the time period in which they must have occurred to receive compensation. However, the court may also review injuries that are not listed on the table on a case-by-case basis. No specific injury or time period is listed for the chickenpox vaccine, which means that the court will review every chickenpox vaccine side effect claim on a case-by-case basis.
Do I have a Chickenpox Vaccine Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, LLP is currently accepting Chickenpox Vaccine induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by Chickenpox Vaccine, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Chickenpox Vaccine Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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