Gold law Firm, LLC, the National Vaccine Injury Law Firm recently obtained a large settlement for a 76-year old gentleman who had a severe reaction to the Influenza (Flu) Vaccine resulting in Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome (“GBS”) . The case, filed in the United States Court of Federal Claims (the Vaccine Court) in Washington, D.C., sought recovery under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
“This case is a striking example of the very rare but very real, injuries and adverse reactions that can occur as a result of vaccinations,” says Howard Gold, a leading Vaccine Injury attorney. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Flu Vaccine is designed to protect young and old alike from contracting the Flu, which can have devastating affects on the infirmed and elderly and can be debilitating to otherwise healthy individuals, leading to more severe conditions, including Pneumonia. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm
In this most recent case, 13-vv00836 v. SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, the Petitioner received the Flu Vaccine and shortly thereafter began to experience weakness in his shoulders. Within two (2) days, he was unable to move his arms or legs, in fact his body was dead weight. Thanks to tremendous medical care, the patient was quickly diagnosed with Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome and spent many months in the hospital and in rehabilitation centers, trying to walk and eat on his own. He made an incomplete recovery, and required the use of a cane, and assistance with dressing.
Guillain-Barre’ and other flu vaccine injuries are continually reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) as occurring after the Flu Vaccine. See,http://www.vaers.hhs.gov. “I strongly believe that children and adults alike should be receiving all of their mandatory vaccinations. However, it’s important to talk to your health care practitioner about the risks,” states Gold, who has been handling Vaccine injury cases for 17 years.
Gold also says that there is nothing inherently wrong with the Flu Vaccine but that each person is different and reacts differently to each vaccination. That is why it’s essential that the public be aware of a Program intended to compensate them if they do, in fact, have a vaccine reaction.
Petitioners have three (3) years from the onset of the injury (or two years from date of death) to file a claim. Gold states that “the Program is not used as much as it could be because the American public is just not aware of it. I receive at least 5 calls a month from individuals who cannot obtain compensation because the deadline has passed. They just found out about it too late. We all need to do a better job in getting the word out to the public that the Program exists.”