If you or your loved one was injured by the DTP vaccine, you may have a DTP vaccine lawsuit and qualify for financial compensation. The federal government has set up a special fund to compensate victims of vaccine injuries. To date, the fund has paid out more than $2.4 billion. Although the DTP vaccine can prevent diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough), it sometimes causes severe injury. Rare but serious side effects include brain damage, coma, seizures, severe allergic reaction, and more.
What You Can Do & How a DTP Vaccine Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting DTP Vaccine induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the DTP Vaccine, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our DTP Vaccine Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
DTP Vaccine Overview
The DTP vaccine gives immunity from the following diseases:
- Diphtheria: Causes a thick covering in the back of the throat that can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and death
- Tetanus (Lockjaw): Causes a painful tightening of the muscles all over the body, which may include the jaw. Tetanus causes death in 2 out of 10 cases.
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough): Causes severe coughing spells that can make it hard for infants to eat, drink, or breathe. Spells can last for weeks. It can cause seizures, pneumonia, brain damage, and death.
These diseases can be prevented with a vaccine. The vaccine that is currently used in the United States is actually known as DTaP, which has been used instead of the DTP vaccine since 2004 because it has a slightly lower risk of adverse events than the DTP vaccine. The difference is that DTP contains whole cells of Bordetella pertussis, the cause of whooping cough.
There are three different types of DTaP vaccines: Daptacel, Tripedia, and Infanrix.
The DTP vaccine is a childhood vaccine, intended to be administered in five doses — at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and 4-6 years of age.
Tdap is the booster shot that is given to supplement immunity when a person is a teenager or an adult.
DTP Vaccine Side Effects
Side effects of the DTP vaccine include severe injury, permanent physical disability, intellectual disability, or death. Contact The Schmidt Firm, PLLC if you or a loved one suffered any serious DTP vaccine side effect. Serious side effects of this vaccine may include:
- Allergic reaction, which may be life-threatening
- Difficulty breathing
- Non-stop crying that may last for 3 hours or more
- Long-term seizures within 3-7 days after injection
- Lowered consciousness
- Brachial neuritis (neurological disorder)
- Permanent brain damage
Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)
In the event that the DTP vaccine causes you or your child to suffer a serious injury, the federal government has set up a program to help pay for the care of those who have been harmed. This is called the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Since the fund was established in 1989 via a $0.75 excise tax on all vaccines, more than $2.4 billion has been paid to compensate victims of vaccine side effects. Each case is eligible for up to $250,000 to compensate past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, legal fees, and more.
To be eligible for a DTP vaccine lawsuit, the following criteria must be met:
- You or your child must have been injured by the vaccine. You can also file a claim if you are the legal guardian of a child or disabled adult who was injured.
- The injury must be serious. It must have either lasted for at least 6 months, or required hospitalization or surgery, or caused permanent disability or death.
- You must file your claim within a certain amount of time — you have 2 years to file a claim for death, 3 years for an injury, and 4 years for an injury that eventually caused death.
DTP Vaccine Lawyer
Most people decide to hire a qualified DTP vaccine injury lawyer to handle the legal process of filing a VICP claim. The claim must be filed with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington D.C., and the process can take 2-3 years to complete. Fortunately, so long as certain minimal requirements are met, the VICP will pay for your attorney’s fees, even if you don’t win your case. However, the VICP does not pay the fees or expenses of people representing themselves.
A qualified DTP vaccine injury lawyer can help you gather the right medical information to best represent your case. Our attorneys can also help you fight for your right to the highest amount of compensation you deserve for your injury.
Not all lawyers are qualified to represent vaccine injury claims. Michael E. Schmidt, managing partner of The Schmidt Firm, PLLC, is certified to file Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) claims. Contact us today for more information about your DTP vaccine lawsuit.
Do I have a DTP Vaccine Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting DTP Vaccine induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by DTP Vaccine, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our DTP Vaccine Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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