Before vaccinations were discovered, people were susceptible to many illnesses and diseases that are no longer a threat today. Since the discovery of the vaccine, individuals have enjoyed healthier lives, free of tetanus, typhoid, and other illnesses that used to cause death and crippling disease on a large scale. Unfortunately, incorrectly or negligently administered vaccines can cause serious illness and even death in some cases. Adverse reactions to vaccines are not uncommon, and it is important for medical professionals to be aware of the dangers and practice caution when administering them to patients.
If a person suffers injury due to an adverse reaction to a vaccine, he or she may be eligible for compensation for pain, medical bills, emotional trauma, and other damages if the shot was given incorrectly or if the doctor should not have administered the vaccine. Such errors may occur if doctors fail to note specific allergies to ingredients in the vaccine or if they do not pay attention to the doses given to patients.
Adverse reactions to vaccines may include:
Typically, doctors and nurses are the ones who give vaccinations to patients. In busy offices or places in which vaccines are given, the staff may be overwhelmed with requests for shots, especially during the busy flu season. Before any individual is given a vaccine, he or she is usually required to submit medical records or fill out forms notifying the physicians about allergy history and other complications.
If the doctor or nurse fails to notice possible complications or does not inform the patient of potential dangers, he or she may be held responsible for any injuries that the patient suffers. In some vaccines (like the flu shot) ingredients like eggs and other items may be present, causing problems for people who have a history of allergic reaction to such substances.
Persons who have suffered serious injury due to the negligence of a medical professional may be able to pursue a medical malpractice suit to gain the compensation they deserve. Severe illness and injury may force the individual to pay for expensive medical procedures, hospital stays, and other expenses that may not be covered by their health insurance policy.