If you or your family member has been injured by the tetanus vaccine, you may have a tetanus vaccine injury claim. If you decide file a tetanus vaccine lawsuit, you may be entitled to up to $250,000 for your injury. Although extremely rare, the tetanus vaccine can cause severe side effects — including seizures, brain damage, allergic reaction, and more. To help the victims of vaccine side effects, the federal government has set up a special fund called the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which has paid out more than $2.4 billion in damages since 1989.
What You Can Do & How a Tetanus Vaccine Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting tetanus vaccine injury claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the tetanus vaccine, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Tetanus Vaccine Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
Tetanus Vaccine Overview
The tetanus vaccine is a childhood vaccine that conveys immunity from tetanus (also known as “lockjaw”), which is a serious disease caused by infection from the bacteria Clostridium tetani. The tetanus bacteria usually enter the body through a wound, where they secrete a powerful neurological toxin that blocks nerve signals. This causes severe muscle spasms that can break bones or tear muscles. Tightened muscles in the throat can also interfere with breathing or swallowing. Without treatment, 25% of people with tetanus die, and the risk is greater for newborns.
There are several different vaccines to prevent tetanus. Most children get DTaP, which is administered in 5 doses and provides immunity from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Some children get the DT immunization, which is just diphtheria and tetanus. The booster shots for tetanus, given to adolescents and adults, are Tdap and Td.
Tetanus Vaccine Side Effects
In rare cases, the tetanus vaccine can cause severe side effects. These side effects can cause severe injury, permanent physical disability, intellectual disability, or death. Some of the injuries occur soon after the vaccine is administered, such as an allergic reaction. Other injuries may take several days or weeks to develop, such as seizure disorders or brain damage. If you have any questions about whether your vaccine injury qualifies for a tetanus vaccine lawsuit, contact The Schmidt Firm, PLLC immediately for more information.
Severe tetanus vaccine side effects:
- Allergic reaction, which may be life-threatening
- Seizures, which may become a lifelong seizure disorder
- Lowered consciousness
- Permanent brain damage
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Encephalopathy (brain disease)
- Brachial neuritis (degenerative neurological and muscular disease)
- Severe pain and/or swelling at the injection site
- Brief fainting spells
Tetanus Vaccine Injury Claims
If you or your loved one has been injured by the tetanus vaccine, you may have a tetanus vaccine injury claim. In 1989, in response to vaccine shortages and lawsuits, the U.S. federal government set up the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Funded by a $0.75 excise tax on all vaccines, the VICP has awarded more than $2.4 billion since it began. Each vaccine injury claim is eligible for up to $250,000.
You must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a tetanus vaccine lawsuit:
- The vaccine must have caused injury to you or your child. You may also be eligible if you are the legal guardian of a child or a disabled adult who was injured by the tetanus vaccine.
- Only serious injuries are eligible. The vaccine must have caused an injury that lasted for at least 6 months, or required surgery/hospitalization, or caused death.
- The tetanus vaccine injury claim must be filed within 2 years of death, 3 years of injury, or 4 years of injury that caused death
Tetanus Vaccine Lawyer
Michael E. Schmidt, managing partner of The Schmidt Firm, PLLC, belongs to a limited group of attorneys who specialize in handling vaccine injury claims. Lawyers must have a special license to file claims in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, where vaccine injury lawsuits are adjudicated.
Most people who wish to file a claim with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) hire a qualified, experienced attorney to handle the matter. The adjudication process can take 2-3 years. Fortunately, so long as certain minimal requirements are met, the VICP will pay for your attorney’s fees.
An experienced vaccine injury lawyer can help you present the best case possible, and also help you get the highest amount of compensation you deserve — up to $250,000. You may be entitled to significant financial compensation for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost income, and more.
Do I have a Tetanus Vaccine Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting tetanus vaccine injury claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the tetanus vaccine, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Tetanus Vaccine Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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