Polio Immunization Injury Attorneys

Government Assistance for Vaccine Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control, polio, or poliomyelitis, was one of the most feared diseases in the first half of the twentieth century. During that time, about 35,000 people were infected yearly in the U.S. By 1979, polio was considered to be eradicated in the United States due to new vaccines and stronger disease control efforts. Unfortunately, it continues to run rampant through third world countries.

Infections caused by poliovirus have no known cure. The virus spreads through human contact, and invades the brain and spinal cord. In nonparalytic polio, the disease will last up to 10 days and cause symptoms such as fever, fatigue, back and neck pain and stiffness, muscle weakness, and meningitis. Paralytic polio is more serious, causing loss of reflexes, severe muscle aches, and paralysis. A poliovirus infection can also lead to death.

Types and Side Effects of Polio Vaccines

There are two types of polio vaccines: OPV, a live vaccine given orally, and IPV, an inactivated polio vaccine given by injection. Both were commonly used in the U.S. until the year 2000, when the use of OPV was discontinued. OPV can cause a rare, but serious side effect known as vaccine-associated paralytic polio (VAPP). In countries where polio is still considered a significant threat, OPV is still being administered. In addition to VAPP, the OPV vaccine has also been associated with anaphylactic shock and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

The IPV vaccine is provided as an injection in the leg or arm. IPV is normally administered in 4 doses given at 2 months, 4 months, 6-18 months, and between 4-6 years of age. Additionally, adults travelling to countries still experiencing polio infections are advised to get a booster immunization.

Side effects of the IPV vaccine are usually mild and can include pain at the injection site, low fever, body aches, and vomiting. Infrequently, recipients of IPV can have severe adverse reactions. These may include:

Did your vaccination result in shoulder injury?

Like all other vaccinations, the polio vaccination has been known to cause shoulder injury and upper arm pain in some individuals. If you experienced permanent swelling, tenderness, lumps, or nodules at the site of your injection, you may be able to seek compensation. Vaccine complications such as rotator cuff injury, brachial neuritis, frozen shoulder, and injury to the nerves at the site of injection are all cause for legal attention. Complications experienced for six (6) months or longer, as well as complications that resulted in surgery, should be discussed with a vaccine injury attorney.

U.S. Congress Aid for Vaccine Injuries

Subsidized by a tax placed on all vaccines, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund provides financial compensation for individuals, their families, or their estates who have been injured by certain vaccines, including IPV and OPV. This compensation can include medical costs, payments for pain and suffering, lost wages and attorney fees.

The experienced vaccine injury attorneys at Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates, have helped clients across the country receive compensation for the adverse effects they have suffered as a result of a vaccination. We can provide experienced representation and client-focused services to help you pursue compensation. Let our dedicated team work with you today.

Contact our vaccine injury law firm if you or a loved one is suffering serious side effects from the OPV or IPV polio vaccine. Our firm has over a 90% success rate!* Your initial case consultation by phone, email, or in person is always free.

*Success rate does not include the infrequent filing to protect statute of limitation time limit where cases are not completely investigated.

How long do I have to file

my claim in the VICP after my vaccinations?

With respect to a vaccine-related injury, the statute of limitations requires that you file a claim with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims within 3 years from the onset of first symptoms. In the event of a vaccine-related death, a claim must be filed no later than 2 years from the date of death.

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DISCLAIMER: With respect to a vaccine‑related injury, the statute of limitations requires that you file a claim with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims within 3 years from the onset of first symptoms. In the event of a vaccine‑related death, a claim must be filed no later than 2 years from the date of death.
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