What is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a lung infection when the alveoli, or tiny air sacs within the lungs, become filled with fluid or pus. It can be spread from person to person through air droplets from coughing or sneezing. Certain types of bacteria or viruses typically cause it. People of all ages can suffer from pneumonia; however, it is more likely to occur in older people and young children due to weakened immune systems. If left untreated, this condition can lead to serious complications which may require hospitalization.
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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 settlement for her injury, lost wages and out of pocket expenses.
What causes Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a respiratory infection caused by bacteria, viruses, or other organisms. Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria usually cause bacterial pneumonia, but other bacteria, such as Haemophilus influenza, can also lead to it. Viral pneumonia typically arises from influenza A and B viruses. However, it sometimes involves more serious illnesses like viral bronchitis, measles, and chickenpox.
Other causes of pneumonia include:
- Exposure to certain chemicals and dust that irritate the lungs
- Being severely underweight or malnourished
- Smoking tobacco
- Environmental allergens
- Weakened immune systems due to medical conditions
- Inhaling food particles or fluids that can get into the airways instead of going down to the stomach
- Aspiration of vomit.
Age is also a factor since infants and elderly people have weaker immune system defenses, predisposing them to suffer from pneumonia faster than others.
Symptoms of Pneumonia
The symptoms of pneumonia can vary depending on the cause of the infection and the person's age and overall health. Some common symptoms of pneumonia include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Loss of appetite
Serious side effects of Pneumonia
Pneumonia can be a serious infection, especially in people with weakened immune systems or underlying health conditions. Some of the potential serious side effects of pneumonia include:
- Respiratory failure
- Lung abscess
- Pleural effusion
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect you have pneumonia or if you experience any symptoms of these serious side effects. Early diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia can help prevent these complications.
I reached out to My Vaccine Lawyer after confirming I suffered from SIRVA. They were so helpful, understanding and thorough throughout the process. They were quick to respond, always answered the phone and I feel they fought to get me what I was entitled to. If you suffered from an injury then please call My Vaccine Lawyer. They will take care of you!
- Melissa Heffley, SIRVA Client
Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia
Pneumonia can be diagnosed based on symptoms, physical examination, and diagnostic tests. Common diagnostic tests for pneumonia include:
- Chest X-ray: A chest X-ray can reveal any signs of an infection in the lungs, helping to diagnose and treat it sooner.
- Blood tests: Through blood testing, it's possible to detect any existing infection and trace its origin.
- Sputum culture: A sample of mucus coughed up from the lungs can be sent to a laboratory to identify the cause of the infection.
- Bronchoscopy: In some cases, a flexible tube with a camera on end (bronchoscope) may be inserted through the nose or mouth to examine the airways and collect samples for testing.
The pneumonia treatment depends on the infection's cause, the severity of the symptoms, and the person's overall health. Treatment options include:
- Antiviral medications
- Antifungal medications
- Oxygen therapy
What Can You Expect From Our Team of Pneumonia Vaccine Injury Lawyers?
Our firm will treat you with the respect and compassion you deserve. We understand what you are going through and will work to get the compensation you need and deserve. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program can be complex, difficult, and contentious. Our attorneys have experience with the medical, legal, and factual issues involved in these cases and are prepared to resolve any disputes arising during the process.
Some of the benefits of working with our team include the following:
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 injured patients
If you or a loved one has been affected by a vaccine injury, don't wait to get help. We strongly recommend that injured parties hire a vaccine injury lawyer and do not attempt to represent themselves in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Contact us today for a free consultation. We are here to fight for you.