The CDC-approved tetanus vaccines (DT, DTaP, DTP, Td and Tdap) are among the most widely administered vaccines in the United States. While most individuals receive tetanus vaccines without incident, these immunizations result in injuries and illnesses in a small percentage of cases. As vaccine injury lawyer Leah V. Durant discusses below, certain types of injuries and illnesses are particularly common.
Injuries and Illnesses Linked to DT, DTaP, DTP, Td and Tdap Vaccines
Several health conditions have been linked to the DT, DTaP, DTP, Td and Tdap vaccines. When individuals are diagnosed with these conditions following an immunization, they can—and should—speak with a lawyer about filing a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Some of the most common tetanus vaccine injuries and illnesses include:
1. Encephalopathy and Encephalitis
Encephalopathy is a health condition that is characterized by a disorder, disease, or damage to the brain. One possible cause of encephalopathy is encephalitis, or brain inflammation, and encephalitis has been linked to the tetanus vaccines in some cases.
2. Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a potentially serious autoimmune disorder with no known cause and no known cure. However, GBS is known to have several triggering events, including tetanus immunization.
3. Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP)
Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) is a variant of GBS that can have lifelong symptoms and lead to various complications. While CIDP generally isn’t fatal, it can cause reduced life expectancy and quality of life.
4. Parsonage Turner Syndrome (Brachial Neuritis)
Parsonage turner syndrome (also known as brachial neuritis) is a neurological disorder characterized by severe pain and weakness in the shoulder. Similar to GBS, while the cause of Parsonage Turner syndrome is not fully understood, there is a well-established link between Parsonage Turner syndrome and tetanus immunization.
5. Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)
Shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) are a risk with all types of vaccinations. Since tetanus vaccines are among the more-common vaccines administered in the U.S., tetanus immunization is also a leading cause of SIRVA.
6. Anaphylaxis (Severe Allergic Reaction)
Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) is also a risk with all types of vaccinations. If a person is allergic to any ingredient of a DT, DTaP, DTP, Td or Tdap vaccine, receiving the vaccine can have serious (and potentially fatal) consequences.
7. Injuries Caused By Vasovagal Syncope
Vasovagal syncope is a condition characterized by a sudden drop in heart rate and blood pressure—which often leads to fainting. If a person faints after receiving a tetanus shot, any injuries he or she sustains as a result may be eligible for compensation under the VICP.
Discuss Your Legal Rights with Vaccine Injury Lawyer Leah V. Durant
If you need to know more about filing a VICP claim for an injury or illness linked to a tetanus vaccine, we invite you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Please call 202-800-1711 or send us a message online to request an appointment with vaccine injury lawyer Leah V. Durant today.
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Experienced litigation attorney Leah Durant focuses on representing clients in complex vaccine litigation matters. Leah Durant is the owner and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, a litigation firm based in Washington, DC. Leah Durant and her staff represent clients and their families who suffer from vaccine-related injuries, adverse vaccine reactions and vaccine-related deaths. The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC is dedicated to assisting individuals in recovering the highest level of compensation as quickly and efficiently as possible. To learn more, contact vaccine attorney Leah Durant today.