A flu shot can cause Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a disorder where the body’s immune system damages nerve cells, resulting in severe muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis (which is usually temporary). The spreading weakness and paralysis can last for weeks or months. In rare cases, there can be permanent nerve damage or death. Most deaths are caused by the weakening of the muscles required to breathe. Both children and adults can get GBS from a flu shot.
2 Steps to Compensation for Guillain-Barré Syndrome Caused by a Flu Shot
Step 1: Find out if you have a claim.
You will have the right to file if one of the following is true:
- you believe you were injured by a flu vaccine;
- you are the parent or legal guardian of a child or disabled adult believed to have been injured by a flu vaccine; or
- you are the legal representative of the estate of a deceased individual whose death you believe was caused by a flu vaccine.
The GBS and any other injury from the vaccine must have lasted for more than 6 months after the vaccine was given or have resulted in hospitalization. Call 1-888-377-8900 or fill our our firm’s online consultation form to request a free consultation.
Step 2: File your claim with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
In most cases, this filing will include the following documents: 1) the claim for compensation, a legal document called a petition (and 2 copies); 2) a Court of Federal Claims cover sheet; 3) medical records proving you had the vaccination and were diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome; and 4) other documentation your lawyer deems necessary to prove you deserve compensation.
How Much Money Can I Get?
The amount of money you can get for your claim depends on the severity of the GBS and any other injuries. Compensation can include as much as $250,000 for pain and suffering, lost earnings, legal fees, and/or a reasonable amount for past and future care. For a death, you may receive as much as $250,000 for the estate and legal fees.
Do I Need a Lawyer to File a Claim?
You do not need a lawyer to file a claim; however, since this is a legal process, most people use a lawyer. We highly recommend you use a lawyer for this process. You can call 1-888-377-8900 to request a free case evaluation.
Is there a Time Limit for Filing the Claim?
Yes, you must file your claim within 3 years after the first symptom of GBS or within 2 years of a death and 4 years after the start of the first symptom of GBS.
Who Decides How Much Money I Get?
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims makes the final decision regarding petitions, compensation, and the amount of the award.