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Autoimmune Disorders
Vaccine Injury

Vaccines are heralded as public health triumphs, yet for some,
hey bring unforeseen challenges that change lives forever.

If you or someone you know has developed an autoimmune condition following vaccination,
it’s important to understand the disorder and your rights.


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What is an Autoimmune Disease?

Vaccines are necessary for protecting public health, preventing disease, and controlling outbreaks. However, in rare cases, certain vaccines trigger autoimmune diseases. Studies well document the relative safety but that's irrelevant to the unfortunate ones who are exposed to a life changing condition. An autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system, which normally protects the body from harmful invaders like viruses and bacteria, mistakenly attacks healthy cells and tissues. A wide range of health problems can subsequently follow depending on which part of the body is affected.

The way vaccines cause autoimmune diseases is complex. Sometimes, the immune system gets confused and attacks the body, thinking it’s fighting the virus or bacteria from the vaccine. This can happen because of certain ingredients in the vaccine that boost the immune response too much.

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Cheryl suffered SIRVA (shoulder injury related to vaccine administration) following a flu shot. Her vaccine injury claim was filed in the VICP by vaccine lawyer Max Muller where she obtained a large cash settlement for her pain and suffering, lost wages and out of pocket medical expenses.

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The Impact of Autoimmune Disorders on Daily Life

Autoimmune disorders disrupt daily life, affecting your ability to work, manage personal responsibilities, and maintain overall well-being. Here are some of the key challenges:

Lost Wages

Autoimmune disorders often lead to severe symptoms that make it difficult or impossible to work. A compromised immune system may require frequent medical appointments, extended rest periods, and treatments that prevent you from maintaining regular employment. The resulting loss of wages will likely lessen your ability to pay for essential expenses, such as mortgage payments, utilities, and groceries. 

Medical Expenses

The treatment and management of autoimmune disorders involves high medical costs. This includes doctor visits, hospital stays, medications, physical therapy, and specialized treatments. 

Pain and Suffering

Living with an autoimmune disorder often involves chronic pain, fatigue, and other debilitating symptoms. The emotional and psychological toll of dealing with a long-term illness leaves deep imprints on us and those closest.

Reduced Quality of Life

Autoimmune disorders limit your ability to participate in activities you once enjoyed, affect your social life, and reduce your overall quality of life. 

Future Medical Costs

Autoimmune disorders often require ongoing medical care and monitoring. The accumulated totals of continuous treatment, meds and assistance spiral very quickly.

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Can Vaccines Cause Autoimmune Disorders?

Vaccines are designed to protect against infectious diseases by stimulating the immune system. While they are generally safe and effective, there are rare instances where vaccines can trigger autoimmune responses in some individuals. This can happen due to factors such as genetic predisposition, environmental influences, and the presence of certain vaccine adjuvants.

Autoimmune Disorders and Vaccine Compensation

Some autoimmune manifestations that may occur following vaccination include:

  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS): Associated with the influenza vaccine and other common vaccines, GBS involves the immune system attacking the peripheral nervous system, leading to muscle weakness and, in severe cases, paralysis.
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): Though rare, vaccines have been linked to new onset autoimmune phenomena, such as SLE.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Certain vaccine components potentially trigger rheumatoid arthritis in genetically predisposed individuals.
  • Autoimmune Liver Diseases: In rare cases, vaccines lead to autoimmune liver conditions, including autoimmune hepatitis.
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP): As an extension or chronic form of GBS, potentially linked to vaccination.
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP): Especially in children following MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine.

Compensation through the VICP

If you suffer from an autoimmune disorder caused by a vaccine, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides several forms of compensation:

  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for pain and suffering is capped at $250,000. This amount is intended to cover the physical and emotional impact of the vaccine injury.
  • Lost Wages: If a vaccine injury prevents you from working, the VICP offers compensation for both past and future lost wages. This aims to alleviate the financial burden caused by the inability to work.
  • Legal Fees and Costs: The VICP covers all reasonable legal fees and other costs associated with filing a claim, as long as the claim is deemed eligible. This applies even if the claimant does not receive a compensation award.
  • Death Benefit: In the unfortunate event that a vaccine injury leads to death, the VICP provides a death benefit to the deceased’s estate. The maximum death benefit is $250,000, along with reimbursement for related legal and medical expenses.

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Which vaccines are known to cause Autoimmune diseases?

While vaccines prevent serious infectious diseases, in rare cases, they trigger autoimmune diseases. This happens due to various factors, including genetic predisposition, environmental influences, and the components used in vaccines. Here are  the vaccines that have caused autoimmune responses:

  • Influenza Vaccine: Known to be associated with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), the influenza vaccine can, in rare instances, cause the immune system to attack the peripheral nervous system, leading to muscle weakness and paralysis.
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine: There have been reports linking this vaccine to the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune manifestations. It’s believed that the immune response triggered by the vaccine can mistakenly target the nervous system.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine: Some studies suggest a connection between the HPV vaccine and autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis. The adjuvants in the vaccine, designed to enhance the immune response, might also trigger autoimmune reactions in susceptible individuals.
  • MMR Vaccine (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella): Although very rare, the MMR vaccine has been associated with immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), where the immune system attacks and destroys platelets, leading to excessive bruising and bleeding.

Diagnosing and treating Autoimmune disorders

Diagnosing an autoimmune disorder is challenging because symptoms often vary widely and mimic other conditions. Here are the steps involved in diagnosis and treatment:

  • Medical History and Physical Exam: Your doctor will start by asking about your symptoms, medical history, and any recent vaccinations. A thorough physical examination will also be conducted.
  • Blood Tests: These tests look for specific antibodies and markers of inflammation that are commonly present in autoimmune diseases. Common tests include ANA (antinuclear antibody) and ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate).
  • Imaging Tests: Depending on the symptoms, your doctor may order imaging tests like X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans to check for inflammation or damage to organs and tissues.
  • Specialist Consultation: In some cases, you may be referred to a specialist, such as a rheumatologist, neurologist, or gastroenterologist, for further evaluation and diagnosis.
  • Medications: Treatment often involves medications to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system. Common medications include corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, and biologic agents.
  • Lifestyle Changes: A healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management can help manage symptoms and improve overall well-being.
  • Physical Therapy: For autoimmune disorders affecting the joints or muscles, physical therapy can help maintain mobility and reduce pain.
  • Monitoring and Follow-Up: Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider are necessary to monitor the condition and adjust treatment as needed.

When dealing with a vaccine-related autoimmune disorder, it's important to keep detailed records of all medical consultations, treatments, and expenses. These records are important for filing your claim and can be recovered as part of your compensation through the VICP. Detailed documentation, including medical bills, consultation notes, and treatment records, provides the necessary evidence to support your case. 

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Am I eligible for vaccine injury compensation for an Autoimmune disorder?

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal program providing compensation to individuals who have been injured by certain vaccines. It was established to make sure that people who suffer from vaccine-related injuries, including autoimmune disorders, receive financial support without having to deal with long legal battles.

To be eligible for compensation, you must have a confirmed diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) or Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) that occurred within a specific time frame after vaccination.

How We Can Help

At My Vaccine Lawyer, we understand the overwhelming challenges that come with autoimmune disorders caused by vaccines. Our goal is to provide you with the respect and compassion you deserve as we work through this process together. 

Autoimmune injuries are life-altering, but you don’t have to face them alone. Our team is well-versed in the medical, legal, and factual intricacies involved in these cases, making sure that we are fully equipped to handle any challenges that come up.

Free Case Evaluation: We will review your case and let you know if you are eligible for compensation.

No Costs: You do not pay attorneys fees or costs to file a case in the vaccine program.

Experienced & Skilled Representation: Our team has years of experience fighting for the rights of individuals suffering from vaccine-related injuries.

If you are suffering from an autoimmune disorder following a vaccination, don't wait to seek help. Attempting to navigate the legal process on your own will hinder your chances of obtaining the compensation you're entitled to. Contact us today for a consultation. We're here to support you every step of the way and fight for the justice you deserve.

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