Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) and other GBS variants often leave individuals and families struggling to cope with exorbitant medical bills, loss of income and prolonged pain and suffering. Fortunately, a federal government program provides compensation for the financial and emotional costs associated with these disorders.
For individuals diagnosed with GBS, CIDP, or other variants of GBS following receipt of a flu or tetanus vaccination, getting back to life as usual can seem like a perpetual struggle. The financial and psychological tolls can often far outlast physical effects for those who make a full recovery, while those requiring long-term treatment can face a lifetime of financial strain, pain and suffering.
Were You Diagnosed with GBS or CIDP Following a Flu Shot? You Have Options.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides individuals diagnosed with vaccine-related GBS, CIDP, or other variants of GBS, a unique opportunity to seek financial compensation for their losses. For many individuals and families, taking legal action is the only way to cover the costs associated with their injuries. The VICP is designed to make it easier for those diagnosed with vaccine-related illnesses to collect the money they need to move on with their lives. Under the VICP:
- Individuals diagnosed with GBS or CIDP can seek compensation from the government instead of filing a lawsuit against a hospital or pharmaceutical company.
- The government compensates claims on a “no-fault” basis, meaning that claimants do not need to prove a medical mistake or a defective flu vaccine to recover compensation.
- With strong evidence and experienced legal representation, claimants can secure financial settlements in far less time than it would take to win a civil verdict at trial.
In addition, unlike traditional lawsuits, where attorneys receive a percentage of their clients’ recoveries, the VICP pays all legal fees and litigation costs separately from the financial compensation obtained by the injured party. This means that hiring an experienced lawyer for your VICP claim can come at little or no financial cost to you.
The Deadline for Taking Legal Action for Flu-GBS or CIDP
Importantly, all VICP claims are subject to a statute of limitations – a law that bars claims filed after a certain period of time. The statute of limitations under the VIVP is 36 months from the date of the first symptom or manifestation of the onset of the disorder. However, while you may have three years to file your claim, the sooner you file the sooner you can collect financial compensation. In addition, you need to take crucial steps to protect your rights, so it is in your best interest to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. In certain circumstances it is possible that exceptions may apply, so it is important to seek the representation of a skilled GBS lawyer to discuss whether a claim may be filed on your behalf.
Schedule a Free Consultation with GBS Vaccine Lawyer
The first step toward taking legal action for flu-GBS or CIDP is to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced attorney. To discuss your claim in confidence, call GBS Vaccine Lawyer at (202) 775-9200 or request an appointment online today.