Do you have a diphtheria vaccine lawsuit? You may qualify for up to $250,000 in financial compensation if you have a diphtheria vaccine injury claim. In rare cases, this vaccine is known to cause severe side effects — including seizures, brain damage, life-threatening allergic reaction, and more. The federal government has set up a special fund, called the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which has paid $2.4 billion in damages to the victims of vaccine injuries.
What You Can Do & How a Diphtheria Vaccine Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, LLP is currently accepting diphtheria vaccine injury claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the diphtheria vaccine, 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.
Diphtheria Vaccine Overview
Diphtheria is a highly contagious bacterial infection. Symptoms typically begin 2-5 days after exposure, when the skin turns a bluish color. The bacteria often infects the nose and throat, where is causes a grayish-black fibrous covering that can obstruct the airway. The bacteria can also produce toxins that poison the bloodstream and cause death. Around 10% of people with diphtheria die from the disease, and recovery is very slow.
The incidence of diphtheria has dropped dramatically because most people receive a diphtheria vaccine as children. Most people get the DTaP immunization, which is administered in 5 doses, and protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. The effectiveness of the vaccine wears off by the teenage years, and experts recommend a booster shot before entering high school. The Tdap vaccine is the most common diphtheria booster shot.
Diphtheria Vaccine Side Effects
All vaccines have side effects. These side effects are far more rare than the disease the vaccine prevents. Unfortunately, in very rare cases, the diphtheria vaccine can cause life-threatening side effects. These side effects may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Allergic reaction, which may be life-threatening
- Anaphylaxis, anaphylactic shock
- Encephalopathy (encephalitis)
- Seizure (staring or jerking)
- High fever (above 105)
- Long-term seizure disorders
- Lowered consciousness
- Permanent brain damage
- Brachial neuritis (neurological and muscular disorder)
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- And more
If you or your loved one was injured by the diphtheria vaccine, you are not alone. You may be entitled to significant financial compensation. If you have any questions about whether your injury qualifies you or a diphtheria vaccine lawsuit, contact The Schmidt Firm, LLP today.
Diphtheria Vaccine Injury Claims
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, established in 1989 with a $0.75 excise tax on all vaccines, has paid the victims of vaccine injuries more than $2.4 billion. Each injury claim may be worth up to $250,000.
Do you qualify for a diphtheria vaccine lawsuit? The following qualifications must be met:
- You have a time limit to file your claim. This limit is two years for a death, three years for an injury, or four years for an injury that eventually resulted in death.
- You or your child must have been injured by a VICP-covered diphtheria vaccine. You may also be eligible if you are the legal guardian of a child or a disabled adult who was harmed.
- The vaccine must have caused a serious injury. The VICP defines this as an injury that lasted at least six months, or caused hospitalization, or needed surgery, or caused a disability, or caused death.
Contact a diphtheria vaccine lawyer at The Schmidt Firm, LLP today if you have any questions.
Diphtheria Vaccine Lawyer
Because filing a diphtheria vaccine lawsuit is a legal process, most people decide to hire a vaccine injury attorney to handle their case. Michael E. Schmidt, of The Schmidt Firm, LLP, is qualified, experienced, and passionate about vaccine injury claims. Hiring the right attorney is essential to ensure you make the best case possible, for the most financial compensation possible. If you qualify for a diphtheria vaccine lawsuit, you may be entitled to up to $250,000 for your pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost income, and more.
Do I have a Diphtheria Vaccine Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, LLP is currently accepting diphtheria vaccine injury claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the diphtheria vaccine, 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 toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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