Vaccines And Vasculitis – What To Know About Your Legal Rights
Vasculitis occurs when inflammation of the blood vessels causes them to thicken. This thickening reduces the passageways that blood passes through – leading to restricted blood flow and potential organ and tissue damage. Many different types of vasculitis exist, and can vary greatly in duration and severity. Some of the more dangerous forms of vasculitis can cause organ failure, blood clots, or blindness.
Symptoms of vasculitis can include:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Shortness of breath and coughing
- Red spots on skin, lumps, or sores
- Digestive system issues, including ulcers or bloody stool
- Numbness, weakness, or swelling in hands or feet
- Blurry vision, double vision, and redness in eyes
What Causes Vasculitis?
The precise causes of vasculitis are not fully known. In many cases, however, there is a connection between some factor or “trigger” and a subsequent vasculitis diagnosis. In addition, age, family history, and lifestyle factors (such as smoking or drug use) can increase one’s susceptibility for vasculitis.
Some potential causes of vasculitis include:
- Drug interactions
- Immune system disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
- Blood cancers
- Vaccine administration
While the risk of developing vasculitis from receiving a vaccine is very low, vasculitis has occurred after patients received influenza vaccines and other immunizations. When the introduction of a vaccine inadvertently causes the body’s immune system to attack itself and its own blood cells, vasculitis can be a result of that reaction in some rare cases.
If you or a loved one has suffered vasculitis within the days, weeks, or months following a vaccine dose, it is possible that the vaccine itself led to the condition. These facts are worth investigating, and can result in financial compensation for your suffering. If a vasculitis patient can demonstrate a connection between a vaccine and a subsequent vasculitis diagnosis, they may have certain rights and remedies available under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
The U.S Court of Federal Claims oversees vaccine injury claims, and it helps to have a vaccine injury attorney experienced in these matters to review your claim and make your voice heard in the process. Under the VICP, it is common for eligible vaccine injury sufferers to be compensated not only for their pain and suffering, but for attorney’s fees as well.
The Vaccine Injury Legal Team at Green & Schafle Is Ready to Explore Your Legal Options After a Vasculitis Diagnosis Related to a Vaccine
Vasculitis is a rare but serious condition that can be triggered by various factors – one of which can be vaccines. Vasculitis can cause people to miss time working or participating in the activities of daily life that they enjoy. In some rare cases, it can completely deprive a person of their livelihood and well-being. The legal system provides help for people that encountered this condition after receiving a vaccine. To learn more, call our vaccine injury attorneys at Green & Schafle today to discuss your unique situation.