Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a serious medical condition that can severely impact a person’s daily life. If left untreated, GBS can lead to paralysis, and in some severe cases, patients can be at risk for respiratory failure, or even death.
While doctors do not yet know the precise cause of GBS or Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIPD), the chronic form of GBS, evidence suggests that some percentage of cases are found to be linked to the annual flu shot. In fact, the evidence is so strong that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has begun the process of adding GBS to the list of medical conditions specifically eligible for compensation under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
If you believe that you may have been diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome from a flu shot, here are some of the steps that should be taken in order to seek and obtain compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program:
1. Collect Your Medical Records.
In order to support a claim for vaccine compensation, medical evidence linking your condition to your recent vaccination will be required. In order to help your vaccine attorney to support a claim for compensation, it is important that you collect and maintain medical records discussing your diagnosis, hospitalization, as well as any ongoing treatments such as neurology appointments, EMG studies, physical and/or occupational therapy sessions. These records will be used by your vaccine attorney to help establish your entitlement to compensation as well as the extent of your physical condition and level of pain and suffering.
2. Follow Your Doctor’s Treatment Plan.
Due to the risks associated with GBS and CIPD, it is important that patients follow their doctor’s medical advice and adhere to all prescribed treatments and therapies.
3. Learn About Your Rights Under the VICP.
Filing a claim under the VICP is unlike the filing of any other type of lawsuit. The VICP removes many of the burdens involved in traditional tort litigation against vaccine manufactures and vaccine administrators. Vaccine claims are adjudicated by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Office of Special Masters, and over the past thirty years, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid out more than $3 billion in financial compensation to individuals living with vaccine-related injuries or deaths. In addition, because the Vaccine Program covers the cost of all reasonable attorneys’ fees, individuals can hire an experienced vaccine attorney at no financial cost to them.
4. Review Our Answers to FAQs.
A wealth of information for individuals who have experienced vaccine-related injuries, including Guillain Barre Syndrome can be found by searching our website. If you are wondering whether financial compensation may be available for you, detailed information may be found by reviewing our Answers to FAQs.
5. Speak with an Experienced Vaccine Injury Lawyer.
Finally, if you would like to obtain more information on whether filing a vaccine law suit is right for you, contact the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your rights under the VICP. Because claims must be filed within three years of the first onset of symptoms or, in cases of vaccine-related deaths, within two years of the date of death, it is important not to delay seeking legal help for your vaccine injury claim.
Find Out if You Are Entitled to Financial Compensation for Your GBS
The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC is a national vaccine injury law firm that represents individuals with GBS in claims for compensation under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. To find out if you may be entitled to financial compensation, request a free consultation by contacting us at (202) 800-1711 or by submitting an online request today.