Were you, your child, or your loved one injured by the DTaP vaccine? You may have a DTaP vaccine lawsuit. If you decide to file a DTaP vaccine injury claim, you could be eligible for up to $250,000 in financial compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and more. The federal government has set up a special fund for the victims of vaccine injuries. In very rare cases, the DTaP vaccine is known to cause life-threatening allergic reaction, brain damage, seizures, and other severe side effects.
What You Can Do & How a DTaP Vaccine Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting DTaP vaccine injury claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the DTaP 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.
DTaP Vaccine Overview
The DTaP vaccine confers immunity from the following three diseases:
- Diphtheria: A bacterial infection that most commonly affects the nose and throat, where it causes a thick, fibrous, gray-black covering that can block the airway. The bacteria can also produce a toxin that can cause serious heart damage.
- Tetanus (lockjaw): This disease is caused by bacterial spores in the soil, which usually enter the body through a wound. Once inside the body, the spores release bacteria that secrete a powerful neurotoxin. This toxin can block nerve signals, resulting in severe muscle spasms or immovable muscles.
- Pertussis (whooping cough): This is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable fits of coughing that can interfere with breathing and swallowing.
The DTaP vaccine replaced the DTP vaccine in the United States in 2004. The DTaP is associated with a slightly lower risk of side effects than the DTP vaccine. The difference is that DTP contains whole cells of Bordetella pertussis the cause of whooping cough, and DTaP does not — the “a” in DTaP stands for “acellular” pertussis, which means that it does not contain whole-cell pertussis.
Experts recommend that children receive the DTaP vaccine in 5 doses — at ages 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and 4-6 years. There are three brands: Daptacel, Tripedia, and Infanrix. It is usually required before children can enter school.
The effectiveness of the DTaP vaccine wears off by adolescence, and most people get the Tdap vaccine as a booster shot.
DTaP Vaccine Side Effects
The incidence of DTaP vaccine side effects is far less common than the three diseases this vaccine prevents. Even so, serious reactions do occur. Some of the most serious side effects are severe allergic reactions (one in 1,000,000 children), seizures (one in 14,000 children), and high fever (one in 16,000 children).
Serious side effects of the DTaP vaccine may include, but are not limited to:
- Allergic reaction, which may be life-threatening
- Breathing difficulties
- Severe pain and swelling at the injection site
- Severe fatigue, tiredness, lack of appetite, or vomiting
- Brachial neuritis (neurological and muscular disease)
- Seizures (jerking or staring)
- Seizure disorder which may be permanent and cause serious injury
- Brain damage
- Fever (higher than 105 degrees)
- Lowered consciousness
- And more
DTaP Vaccine Injury Claim
If you have a DTaP vaccine injury claim, you may be entitled to up to $250,000 for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and more. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has paid billions of dollars in damages to the victims of vaccine injuries. If you have any questions about whether your vaccine injury may be eligible for compensation, contact The Schmidt Firm, PLLC today.
There are some limitations on who is eligible to file a DTaP vaccine injury claim. The following requirements must be met:
- The DTaP vaccine must have caused injury to you or your child. You may also be eligible for a DTaP vaccine lawsuit if you are the legal guardian of a child or a disabled adult who was injured, or if you are the family of someone who died.
- Only serious vaccine injuries are eligible for compensation. The injury must have lasted for at least six months, or needed hospitalization or surgery, or caused a permanent intellectual/physical disability, or caused death.
- You have a limited amount of time to file your DTaP vaccine injury claim. You have two years to file a claim for death, three years for an injury, or four years for a serious injury which eventually caused death.
DTaP Vaccine Lawyer
Michael E. Schmidt, managing partner of The Schmidt Firm, PLLC, belongs to a small group of lawyers who are licensed to practice vaccine injury law. Not all attorneys are qualified to handle VICP vaccine injury claims — your lawyer must obtain a special license to be admitted to this court. If you decide to hire a qualified, experienced vaccine injury attorney at The Schmidt Firm, PLLC, we can help you make the best case possible for the highest possible amount of financial compensation.
Your claim will be filed with the Federal Vaccine Court, located in Washington D.C. There, experts will review your case. If they are convinced that your injury was caused by the DTaP vaccine, they will decide how much compensation to award. You may be eligible for up to $250,000 in compensation.
Do I have a DTaP Vaccine Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting DTaP Vaccine injury claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the DTaP 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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