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Thursday, August 25, 2022

When Can You File a Vaccine Injury Claim for Bell’s Palsy?


Vaccines including the annual flu shot, hepatitis B vaccine, HPV vaccine and meningococcal vaccine are known to cause Bell’s palsy in a small percentage of cases. While rare, Bell’s palsy caused by a vaccine can potentially have serious and long-term health consequences. When this happens, vaccine recipients and families affected by Bell’s palsy can seek compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

Eligibility Requirements to File a VICP Claim for Bell’s Palsy

To obtain compensation for


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Monday, July 25, 2022

When Pain After a Flu Shot Doesn’t Go Away


For most people, mild pain is a short-term consequence of getting a flu shot. But, in some cases, pain after a flu shot doesn’t go away. While injuries and illnesses caused by flu shots are relatively rare, they do happen, and in some cases, they affect flu shot recipients for the rest of their lives.

We regularly represent individuals who have been diagnosed with flu shot-related injuries and illnesses. This includes illnesses and injuries caused by the flu shot itself (i.


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Monday, June 20, 2022

10 Important Facts about Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and the Flu Shot


Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a rare autoimmune disorder that has been linked to the annual flu shot. While GBS diagnoses resulting from flu immunizations are rare, the link is now well-established in medicine and in the law. With this in mind, here are 10 important facts about GBS and the flu vaccine:

Fact #1: The Annual Flu Shot is a Recognized Trigger for Guillain-Barre Syndrome

While the precise cause of Guillain-Barre Syndrome remains unknown, the flu shot is a recognized trigger for GBS.


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Monday, June 6, 2022

How Common are Vaccine-Related Injuries and Illnesses?


How common are vaccine-related injuries and illnesses? While there are several ways to answer this question, perhaps the most straightforward answer is that these injuries and illnesses are extremely rare in comparison to the number of vaccines administered in the United States each year. In this article, vaccine attorney Leah V. Durant discusses some key statistics and highlights the most-common vaccine-related injuries and illnesses based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).


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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Which Vaccines are Covered Under the VICP?


The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) serves as a source of financial recovery for individuals and families impacted by vaccine-related injuries and illnesses. But, not all vaccines are covered under the program. In this article, vaccine injury attorney Leah V. Durant explains which immunizations are “covered vaccines” under the VICP.

“Covered Vaccines” Listed on the VICP’s Vaccine Injury Table

“Covered vaccines” under the VICP are listed on the program’s Vaccine Injury Table.


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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

10 Common Flu Shot Injuries and Illnesses


The flu shot is the most widely administered vaccine in the United States. Approximately half of the U.S. population gets immunized against the flu each year. While the vast majority of flu shot recipients experience no ill effects or only mild side effects, a small percentage of recipients are diagnosed with immunization-related injuries and illnesses.


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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

What Does a Vaccine Lawyer Do?


If you have concerns about a vaccine-related injury or illness, friends or family members may have recommended that you speak with a vaccine lawyer. If this is the case, you might be wondering, “What does a vaccine lawyer do?”

Vaccine Lawyers Help Individuals and Families Coping with the Effects of Vaccine-Related Injuries and Illnesses

Broadly speaking, vaccine lawyers help individuals and families who are coping with the effects of vaccine-related injuries and illnesses. While the primary way vaccine lawyers help is by pursuing claims for financial compensation (more on this below), they can help in other ways as well.

For example, a vaccine lawyer can provide resources for understanding your situation, explain the costs associated with vaccine-related injuries and illnesses, and help you make informed decisions about asserting your (or your family’s) legal rights. An experienced vaccine lawyer will have represented hundreds of individuals and families facing circumstances similar to yours and will be able to use the insights gained from this experience to help guide you forward.


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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Guillain-Barre Syndrome in Children


Children can face various health risks, from diseases such as the flu and chickenpox to physical injuries such as scrapes, bruises and broken bones. We rely on vaccines and health care providers to help protect our children, and we don’t expect getting our children vaccinated or taking our children to the doctor to result in even more harm.

Unfortunately, sometimes the unexpected happens. For example, one risk associated with getting vaccinated against the flu – for children and adults – is the risk of contracting Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). While cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome linked to the flu shot are rare, the link is strong enough for GBS to be listed as an


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Monday, November 1, 2021

When Can You File a Vaccine Injury Claim for Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)?


Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a rare autoimmune disorder with no known cause and no known cure. However, medical science has established a link between Guillain-Barre Syndrome and certain vaccinations, and many vaccine recipients have succeeded in recovering financial compensation for GBS under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). In this article, vaccine injury lawyer Leah V. Durant explains what individuals who have been diagnosed with GBS need to know about filing a VICP claim.

When is GBS Considered a Vaccine Injury?

There are two circumstances in which


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Monday, September 20, 2021

How Does “No Cost” Legal Representation Work for Vaccine Injury Claims?


For individuals and families who are coping with the effects of vaccine-related injuries and illnesses, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides a source of financial recovery. Claimants can hire a vaccine attorney at no cost, so there is no reason not to seek experienced legal representation for a vaccine injury claim.

The VICP Covers Claimants’ Legal Fees and Costs

As the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) explains in


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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Do You Have to Go to Court to Seek Compensation for a Vaccine Injury?


In most cases, seeking compensation for a vaccine injury does not involve going to court. The majority of successful vaccine injury claims settle well before going to a hearing at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (the “Vaccine Court”) in Washington D.C.


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