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The diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis combined vaccine, DTaP, has been known to cause serious adverse reactions. Although such reactions are rare, the children who do suffer them can be severely injured. Compensation for such injuries may be available through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Vaccine injury lawyer Ed Kraus can file a compensation claim for you.

Ed Kraus represented a family in a case involving an infant who suffered from a seizure disorder after receiving the DTaP vaccine. The family was awarded a lump sum payment of $1.4 million for life care expenses, lost future earnings, and pain and suffering, as well as an annuity contract to provide payments for future life care.

DTaP Severe Injuries

Reactions to the DTaP vaccine can lead to:

  • Dangerously high fever
  • Brain damage
  • Encephalopathy
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Breathing problems
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Long-term seizures

These vaccine injuries are serious and are likely to have lasting effects on the life of you and your child.

Certain mild side effects are normal after any type of children's vaccine. Your child may be fussy or experience irritation at the injection site. Your child may even have a low fever. Other symptoms may indicate a more serious reaction. According to the DTaP Vaccine Information Sheet, signs of a severe reaction to the vaccine include:

  • High fever
  • Seizures
  • Breathing problems
  • Wheezing or hoarseness
  • Hives
  • Pale appearance
  • Racing heart beat

If you notice these or other unusual symptoms, you should seek medical attention for your child right away. You may be able to prevent a serious vaccine injury.

Getting Help for Injury Expenses

The potential for severe DTaP injuries may be small, but these injuries can be catastrophic when they do occur. Physical rehabilitation may be necessary, and these injuries almost always carry hefty medical expenses. In some cases, there may be irreversible cognitive changes caused by brain damage.

As the parent of a child injured by the DTaP vaccine, you will be facing these costs and the medical needs of your child while you also deal with the pain and anguish caused by such an injury. Through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, you are entitled to payment for your child's injuries and the expenses it carries.

If you live in Chicago, Illinois, or anywhere else in the United States, please contact the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent to learn more about compensation for a DTaP vaccine injury. You can call us at 312-906-5072, or contact us via email.

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