If you, your child, or your loved one was harmed by the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, you are not alone. Although it is rare, this vaccine can cause severe side effects, such as high fever, brain damage, severe allergic reaction, permanent disability, or death. If you have a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine lawsuit, your injury claim could be worth up to $250,000 from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
What You Can Do & How a Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, LLP is currently accepting pneumococcal conjugate vaccine injury claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the Pneumococcal Conjugate 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.
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Overview
The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine provides immunity from diseases caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. There are more than 90 different types of this bacteria, and they can cause life-threatening diseases including blood infections, pneumonia, and meningitis, usually in young children. Although these diseases are relatively rare, they can be deadly, or cause permanent deafness. Another problem is that there are many drug-resistant strains of this bacteria, so when infection occurs, it is impossible to treat. The best way to prevent these diseases is with the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.
The PCV13 vaccine provides immunity from 13 different types of pneumococcal bacteria. These bacteria cause the most severe diseases. In the past, children were given PCV7 vaccine, which only protected against 7 different pneumococcal bacteria types. Some older children with chronic illnesses may get the PPSV23 vaccine.
Most health experts recommend the PCV13 vaccine as a routine childhood immunization, at ages 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 12-15 months.
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Side Effects
Like all vaccines, the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine has some side effects. Around half of children become drowsy, had a temporary decrease in appetite, or had redness/tenderness at the injection site. Around one-third of children had swelling at the injection site. Around one-third had a mild fever, and 1 out of 20 children had a high fever (above 102.2 degrees F). About 80% of children became fussy and irritable after the shot.
In very rare cases, the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine can cause a whole-body allergic reaction called anaphylaxis or “anaphylactic shock.” This can cause a child’s throat to swell, which cuts off the airway. Without oxygen, a child can suffer brain damage, disability, or death.
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Injury Claims
If you have a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine injury claim, you could receive up to $250,000 for your pain, suffering, medical bills, lost income, and more. This award comes from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), a federal fund established to help the victims of vaccine injuries.
Not everyone who files a claim receives compensation. Experts in the court must be convinced that the vaccine is responsible for your injury. Most people who want to file a vaccine injury claim choose to hire a vaccine injury lawyer. An experienced attorney can help you make the best case possible, for the most amount of money that you deserve.
Certain requirements must be met for all vaccine injury lawsuits:
- Only serious injuries. You must prove that the injury lasted for at least six months, or caused a disability or death, or required hospitalization or surgery.
- Only certain people may apply. The vaccine must have harmed you, your child, or your family member who is now deceased or disabled. Legal guardians of injured people may also be eligible.
- You must file your claim within a certain time limit. The deadline is three years for an injury, two years for a death, and four years for a serious injury that eventually caused a death.
The VICP has received 33 pneumococcal conjugate vaccine lawsuits, of which 29 are for injury and 4 are for death. Of these, 7 have been awarded financial compensation, and 20 have been dismissed.
Do I have a Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, LLP is currently accepting pneumococcal conjugate vaccine injury claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the Pneumococcal Conjugate 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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