The flu vaccine provides vital protection from dangerous, life-threatening strains of influenza. However, for a small number of people, getting a flu shot can result in serious, and often debilitating side effects.
The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering legal help to individuals who suffered serious injuries and complications that may be associated with the flu vaccine, including:
To learn more about filing a flu vaccine lawsuit, please call (888) 994-5118 to arrange for a free, no-obligation review of your claim.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus that affects the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs.
Symptoms of the flu range from mild to severe and may include:
Influenza can also cause the following complications
Very severe influenza can prove deadly. Those most at risk from the flu include:
The flu is spread via tiny droplets made when people with influenza cough, sneeze, or talk. The best way to prevent influenza is by getting a flu vaccine.
The flu vaccine changes every year, depending on the strains of influenza that are making people sick.
For example, for the 2017-2018 flu season, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control approved the following trivalent (3-ingredient) vaccines:
The CDC also approved several quadrivalent (4-ingredient) flu vaccines:
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older – with some rare exceptions — get a flu vaccine every season.
Individuals who are hurt by the flu vaccine may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Several flu vaccine injuries are covered under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), which was established by the federal government in the 1980s to help people who were injured by vaccine side effects, while protecting vaccine-manufacturers from lawsuits that might discourage development of new vaccines.
The NVICP’s Vaccine Injury Table lists injuries and/or conditions associated with the flu vaccine and other covered vaccines. It is presumed that a covered vaccine caused an injury if:
This applies even if a covered vaccine is administered “off-label” or contrary to recommendations established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control or the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practice.
If an injury does not appear in the Vaccine Injury 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.
Our attorneys can help if your or someone you love suffered serious injuries following administration of the flu vaccine. To learn more, please contact our office by calling (888) 994-5118.
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