Vaccines to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) have, in rare cases, been linked to serious side effects, including brain damage, coma, seizures, severe allergic reactions, and more.
The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is investigating vaccine injury claims on behalf of individuals who suffered serious complications and side effects following administration of vaccines to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (DTP, DTaP, Tdap, and Td vaccines).
To learn more, please contact our office by calling (888) 994-5118.
The DTP and DTaP combination vaccines are indicated to prevent three serious illnesses:
The DTP vaccine contains whole cells of the bacteria that cause whooping cough. It was replaced with the DTaP vaccine in 2004 due to safety concerns.
The DTaP vaccine is given to infants and young children in a series of five shots ─ at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15 to 18 months, and again at 4 to 6 years of age.
The Tdap vaccine has also been approved to protect adolescents and adults from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. One dose of Tdap is routinely given at age 11 or 12.
Another vaccine, called Td, protects against tetanus and diphtheria, but not pertussis. A Td booster should be given every 10 years.
Rare side effects associated with diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough vaccines include:
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) provides compensation to those who have been hurt by certain covered vaccines, including DTP, DTaP, Tdap, and Td vaccines.
Under the NVICP’s guidelines, a vaccine injury is presumed to be covered if:
Covered injuries related to diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough vaccines include:
If an injury does not appear in the Table or does not meet the Table requirements, claimants must present expert witness testimony, medical records, medical opinions, or other evidence proving that the vaccine caused the injury and/or condition.
Victims of vaccine-related injuries following administration of DTP, DTap, Tdap, or Td vaccines may be entitled to compensation for:
To discuss filing a diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough vaccine lawsuit with a member of Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s legal team, please call our office today at (888) 994-5118.
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