Vaccine Injury: GBS

Diagnosed with GBS?

There are many different causes of this debilitating medical condition. 

Read below to see if you could be entitled to compensation. 

Guillain-Barré syndrome (pronounced gee-YAH-buh-RAY Syndrome and also known as “GBS”) can be a scary diagnosis as this condition is associated with tingling sensations and muscle weakness that spreads throughout the body and can eventually lead to paralysis of the extremities and other organ systems.  In some cases, GBS can be fatal.  While there is no known cure, early treatment of GBS can reduce the seriousness of the symptoms, shorten the duration of the suffering from this illness, where the body’s immune system is hijacked to begin attacking nerve cells, and reduce the severity of residual symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of GBS include:

– Tingling sensations in the feet, legs, hands, and arms

– Muscle paralysis (limited, temporary, or permanent)

– Difficulty chewing or swallowing

– A “pins and needles” sensation in your extremities

– Difficulty breathing

– Balance issue while walking, walking difficulty

– Weakness that begins in the legs and spreads upwards

How could I receive compensation for getting GBS?

While the exact cause of GBS is unknown, many infections can trigger GBS, and GBS can also occur after surgery.  While rare, vaccination can also trigger the onset of GBS.  The flu vaccine is the vaccine most commonly associated with vaccine induced GBS. However, other vaccines can also trigger the onset of this condition. If you develop GBS after receiving a vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation.   

If you received a vaccine and shortly thereafter began experiencing symptoms that led to a diagnosis of GBS, here are the steps to take to pursue potential compensation:

Step 1 – Confirm Information on Recent Vaccines

Gather information on the date, brand (if noted), and type of vaccine(s) you’ve had within the last three years that preceded your GBS symptoms. Once you have this information, move on to step two.

Step 2 – Notify the Doctor Who Diagnosed your GBS

If you are currently being treated for your GBS and realize that your symptoms began after a recent vaccination, you should make sure to bring this information to your medical provider’s attention. Your physician may not be aware of the connection, but having this information recorded in your patient file improves medical documentation that helps everyone get a better picture of any and all factors that could be the reason you developed GBS.  In many cases, the medical providers treating GBS are not aware of a person’s vaccination history and, therefore, may not consider the vaccination as a potential trigger. 

Step 3- Seek a Free Consultation with an Experienced Vaccine Injury Attorney

If you received a vaccine and began to have symptoms of GBS days to weeks following receipt of the vaccine, you may be eligible to receive monetary compensation through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). If you believe your GBS may have been triggered by a vaccine, click on the link below to submit a form to our vaccine injury team.

Your submission will be reviewed by our team of qualified and experienced legal and medical professionals, and you will be contacted to discuss your eligibility to submit a claim to the VICP and next steps.

Compensation for this type of medical injury can include reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses related to the injury, lost wages, pain and suffering, and, in many of these cases, money for future care of the injured individual. 

Our team of dedicated legal and medical professionals are here to help you.  Take action now to see if you are entitled to receive compensation for your injury.  You will never be asked to pay any legal fees or costs.  Don’t delay.  Call the Vaccine Injury Lawyers at Siri & Glimstad today!