Intussusception Vaccine Lawyer

Intussusception is a potentially-serious health condition that can affect both children and adults. However, due to diagnostic challenges, it can be particularly dangerous for young children. Intussusception has been linked to the rotavirus vaccine in some cases; and, in cases involving intussusception from a vaccine, families will often be entitled to compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

How is Intussusception Diagnosed?

Intussusception occurs when one part of the intestine slides inside of another. Depending on the size of the intestine and the severity of the condition, this can prevent food, fluid and blood from passing through the digestive system. For children who experience intussusception following a rotavirus vaccination, the first symptom is typically intense abdominal pain. This pain may onset suddenly, and it may subside for short intervals. Other symptoms may include:

  • Bloody or jelly-like stool
  • Vomiting blood or red mucus

Children who exhibit these symptoms following a rotavirus vaccination should see a doctor promptly for a diagnosis. The tools doctors may use to diagnose intussusception include:

  • Physical examination of the child’s abdomen
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Abdominal X-ray
  • Air-contrast barium enema (with X-ray)

Intussusception is treatable in many cases, and treatment typically involves using an air-contrast barium enema to restore the intestine to its normal position. However, if this does not work, surgery to remove the damaged portion of the intestine may be necessary. In severe cases, intussusception can lead to intestinal injuries and internal bleeding, and these complications can potentially have long-term or fatal effects.

What Vaccine Can Cause Intussusception

Intussusception after a vaccine is rare. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only one in 20,000 to 100,000 children who receive a rotavirus vaccine will experience intussusception. However, the link is well-established, and intussusception is listed as an “on table” injury for the rotavirus vaccine under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Breaking Down Your Family’s Legal Rights for Intussusception From a Vaccine

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is a federal government program that provides financial compensation to individuals and families who are coping with the effects of vaccine-related injuries and illnesses. This includes intussusception diagnosed following a rotavirus vaccination. If a child is diagnosed with intussusception between one and 21 days after receiving a dose of the vaccine, then the child’s vaccination is presumed to be the cause of his or her condition.

Under the VICP, individuals and families do not need proof of fault in order to file a claim. Recoverable damages include medical bills, other out-of-pocket expenses, loss of earnings (including loss of earning capacity), and pain and suffering. The VICP pays claimants’ legal fees separately from their compensation awards, which means that parents can hire a lawyer to represent them at no cost.

Intussusception from a Shot? Schedule a Free Consultation

If you would like to learn more about how to file a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for intussusception after a rotavirus vaccine, contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney at The Law Offices of Durant & Associates. Call 202-800-1711 or contact us online to request an appointment today.

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