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Multiple Sclerosis Due to Vaccine Injury

Illinois multiple sclerosis vaccine injury lawyer

Chicago Lawyer Helping Patients Nationwide Recover Compensation for MS Injuries Due to Vaccinations

Vaccines are a foundational element of modern healthcare, and they provide people with immunity from many diseases that used to be life-threatening. However, even though most people receive multiple types of vaccines, and these vaccines are usually safe, they have been known to cause injuries or lead to medical problems that can significantly affect a person and their family. One concern related to vaccine injuries is whether certain vaccines will cause or exacerbate multiple sclerosis (MS).

At the Vaccine Injury Law Project | IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, our attorneys provide representation for those who have suffered vaccine-related injuries, helping them recover compensation through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). While we are located in Chicago, Illinois, we work with clients throughout the United States. If you suffer from MS, we can help you understand the role that vaccines may have played in your condition, and we will work with you to determine your options for receiving the compensation you deserve.

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

When a person suffers from multiple sclerosis, their immune system attacks the myelin that protects their nerves. This can result in significant nerve damage and the formation of scar tissue. While the exact cause of MS is unknown, it is thought to be a genetic disorder. Certain types of viral infections or environmental conditions may also affect the immune system and lead to MS. Multiple sclerosis is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40, and it affects women more often than men.

MS Symptoms and Treatment

Depending on which types of nerves are damaged by MS, symptoms can vary significantly. In severe cases, the brain or spinal cord may be damaged, or damage to other nerves can disrupt the brain's ability to send and receive signals throughout the body. Symptoms of MS may include:

  • Numbness and tingling in different parts of the body;
  • Muscle spasms or weakness;
  • Difficulty walking;
  • Fatigue;
  • Inability to control the bladder or bowels;
  • Vision problems;
  • Dizziness; and
  • Cognitive difficulties, mood disorders, or memory problems.

While there is no cure for MS, there are a variety of treatments available to address the symptoms and prevent relapses. Certain types of drugs can help regulate the immune system and prevent damage to the nerves, while other medications, such as steroids or muscle relaxants, can address pain and stiffness. A person with MS may also need regular physical therapy to manage pain and fatigue and address mobility issues.

What Is the Relationship Between Vaccines and MS?

The link between vaccinations and multiple sclerosis is not always clear, but there are cases in which vaccines have been found to trigger MS in individuals who are genetically susceptible to this condition. In addition, certain vaccines have been found to exacerbate or aggravate symptoms or trigger a relapse, and this could lead to significant injuries.

Legal Help for MS-Related Injuries Caused by Vaccines

If you suffer from MS and have experienced a relapse or a worsening of your symptoms after receiving a vaccine, our attorneys will work with you to determine whether your injury occurred because of the vaccine. We will help you recover the compensation you deserve for the costs of your medical treatment, any past or future loss of income by you or your family members, and the pain and suffering you have experienced. We are highly experienced in recovering compensation for those injured by vaccines, including in cases where injuries are not included in the VICP Vaccine Injury Table. To schedule a consultation, contact us by calling 312-906-5072. We represent clients in the Chicago area, the state of Illinois, and across the United States.

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