Although the Hepatitis B vaccine is one of the safest vaccines, serious injuries do occasionally occur. These side effects include a severe, whole-body allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock) which can cause serious injury, permanent disability, or death. If you or your loved one was injured by the Hepatitis B vaccine, you could be entitled to up to $250,000 if you file a Hepatitis B vaccine lawsuit. This financial compensation comes from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), a federal program which has paid billions to the victims of vaccine injuries.
What You Can Do & How a Hepatitis B Vaccine Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Hepatitis B vaccine injury claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the Hepatitis B 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.
Hepatitis B Vaccine Overview
The Hepatitis B vaccine is a childhood immunization that protects against Hepatitis B, a virus that causes serious inflammation of the liver. The disease is transmitted by bodily fluids and blood. More than half of people with this disease have no symptoms, but they carry the virus and can transmit it to others. Symptoms of Hepatitis B infection include jaundice, loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, joint pain, and skin rashes. People who are infected with this disease have a higher risk of chronic liver disease or liver cancer.
Most children are immunized against Hepatitis B at birth, before they are discharged from the hospital. There are several types of Hepatitis B vaccines:
- Hepatitis B recombinant (alone): Recombivax HB and Energix B
- Hepatitis B in combination with Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate (Hib) vaccine: Comvax
- Hepatitis B in combination with DTaP and inactivated polio vaccines: Pediarix
- Hepatitis B in combination with Hepatitis A vaccine: Twinrix
Hepatitis B Vaccine Side Effects
The majority of people who get the Hepatitis B vaccine have no reaction. However, approximately 35% do have some type of reaction — usually very mild. Experts estimate that 3% of people will have pain, redness, or tenderness at the injection site. Approximately 1-6% will develop a low-grade fever. Fewer than 0.001% will develop a serious allergic reaction.
Though the risk is small, life-threatening allergic reaction does occasionally occur after a Hepatitis B vaccination. This includes anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock, which causes a whole-body allergic response. In some cases, this causes the muscles in the airway to become swollen and close off, which cuts off the person’s oxygen supply. This can cause permanent physical disability, intellectual disability, or death.
It is possible that there are other Hepatitis B vaccine side effects. These are likely so rare that it is difficult to tell whether they are caused by the vaccine.
Hepatitis B Vaccine Injury Claims
Most people who wish to file a Hepatitis B vaccine injury claim decide to hire a qualified vaccine injury lawyer. Not all vaccine injury claims are compensated. You must convince experts at the federal Vaccine Court in Washington D.C. that your injury was actually caused by the vaccine. Most people hire an experienced attorney to help them make the best case possible, for the highest amount of possible compensation.
If the court decides to award you compensation, your Hepatitis B vaccine injury claim could be worth up to $250,000. Since 1989, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has awarded more than $2.4 billion to help the victims of vaccine injuries.
The VICP has reviewed 627 Hepatitis B vaccine lawsuits — 577 for injury, and 50 for death. As of June 1, 2012, they have awarded compensation in 210 cases and dismissed 353 cases.
Not everyone qualifies for a Hepatitis B vaccine lawsuit. You must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- The VICP only compensates serious injuries. What is a serious injury? It must have either lasted for at least six months, or caused disability, or caused death, or required surgery, or needed hospitalization
- Only people directly affected may apply. This means that the Hepatitis B vaccine must have harmed you, your child, or your family member who is now disabled or deceased. The legal guardians of injured people may also apply.
- You must file your Hepatitis B vaccine injury claim soon after the injury occurs. There is a time limit of three years for an injury, two years for a death, and four years for an injury that caused death.
Do I have a Hepatitis B Vaccine Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Hepatitis B vaccine injury claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the Hepatitis B 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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