Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) Vaccine Lawyer

What is Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS)?

Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a serious disease that 3,000 to 6,000 Americans contract each year. GBS causes a person’s immune system — which usually attacks only foreign material and invading organisms — to attack and damage nerve cells, which causes muscle weakness, and in some cases paralysis. While most people fully recover from the disease, some people have permanent nerve damage or experience lingering effects. In very rare cases, people have died of GBS, usually from difficulty breathing. The chronic version of GBS is known as Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy or CIDP. Learn More

Is Guillain Barre Syndrome Caused by the Flu Shot?

While the exact cause of GBS and CIDP is unknown, GBS and CIDP have been linked to vaccines such as the annual flu shot. If you were diagnosed with GBS or CIDP, and your symptoms (muscle weakness, numbness, and/or a tingling sensation) initially occurred within two weeks of getting a vaccination, you may be eligible for compensation from the federal government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which compensates people who have been injured by certain vaccines and require treatment.

What to Do If Diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome Following a Vaccination

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.

Hiring an Experienced Vaccine Attorney

Vaccine attorney Leah Durant is a vaccine law specialist based in Washington, DC, where the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and vaccine court are also located. Leah Durant has dedicated her legal career to helping people across the country who have been injured by vaccines get the compensation they deserve. In addition to providing her clients with an unmatched level of personalized attention, guidance, and legal know-how, Leah Durant can ensure that all deadlines are met and all required paperwork is accurately completed so your vaccine injury claim begins and ends on solid legal ground.

Although it is not required that you retain a lawyer when filing your vaccine claim with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, hiring a vaccine attorney is usually advisable since compensation for your vaccine injury claim can depend on a variety of factors, and you want to make sure your vaccine injury claim complies with all legal requirements from the start. It is important to have a vaccine lawyer who is well-versed in GBS or CIDP-related claims as well as the VICP system as a whole, as the vaccine program differs the traditional tort law system.

If certain minimal requirements are met, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program will pay your vaccine attorney’s fees and other legal costs related to your vaccine injury claim, whether or not you recover compensation for a vaccine injury or death. However, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program will not pay the legal fees of vaccine petitioners who represent themselves, but may pay other legal costs, regardless of whether the claim is paid as long as certain minimal requirements are met.

In many cases, the vaccine injured victim will have to present evidence that the injury was caused by the vaccination in order to receive compensation. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program can deny compensation depending on the circumstances of each individual situation. Ultimately, it is the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, sometimes known as Vaccine Court,  that determines the amount of compensation claimants receive.

If you believe you or someone you know suffered from GBS or CIDP as a result of being vaccinated, the time to seek compensation is now, as there are time limits on recovery. To be eligible for compensation, claims must be filed within the following periods:

  • For vaccine injury claims, within 3 years after the first symptom or manifestation of onset or of the significant aggravation of the injury.
  • For death claims, within 2 years of the death and within 4 years of the first symptom or manifestation of onset or of the significant aggravation of the injury from which the death resulted.

In very limited circumstances, the Courts may extend these deadlines, but the sooner you file a claim, the better your chances of recovery.

Pursuing Your Claim with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

While young children and older adults are at a higher risk of contracting GBS and CIDP, there is no age limit when it comes to recovery through the VICP. Claims may be filed on behalf of infants, children and adolescents, or by adults whose GBS or CIDP is linked to a vaccination. Wrongful death claims may also be filed by the decedent’s estate or by surviving family members.

To discuss the specifics of your matter with a skilled and compassionate vaccine injury law attorney, contact the Washington, DC Law Office of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, today for a free, no obligation consultation.

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