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pexels-gustavo-fring-3985170-300x200Vaccines are one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases throughout the world. The overwhelming majority of people who receive vaccines do not experience serious problems, and the benefits greatly outweigh the threat of risk. However, similar to the risks associated with natural supplements and other pharmaceuticals, some vaccine recipients may suffer adverse reactions. Depending on the nature and circumstance of the injury, victims may file a Texas medical malpractice or pharmaceutical error lawsuit. Further, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides compensation to individuals who have suffered injuries from certain vaccines.

Nearly 40 years ago, in response to growing lawsuits against medical providers and pharmaceutical companies, the federal government created the VICP. The creation followed a slew of lawsuits stemming from some parents’ beliefs that certain vaccines resulted in injuries to their children. Many companies halted the production of vaccines because of the onslaught of lawsuits. The vaccine shortage posed a serious threat to the nation’s health. As such, the VICP fund works to compensate those who suffer injuries because of a reaction to a childhood vaccine.

The VICP only covers certain vaccines such as those that prevent diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, human papillomavirus, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, rotavirus, and varicella. If a Texas injury victim or their loved ones believe that they suffered a vaccine error, they should contact an attorney to file a petition through the VICP. Currently, the program does not cover the COVID-19 vaccine; however, some sources have reported that Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccinations may result in a rare clotting condition. Federal officials have halted the use of the pharmaceutical company’s vaccine to determine, what if any, the vaccine plays in the clotting condition. In many cases, a person’s reaction to a medication or vaccine is not because of a defect in the vaccine or medication but rather an allergic reaction that a medical provider missed.

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person-covering-infant-with-swaddling-blanket-1557255-scaledMedical malpractice can occur in a variety of situations, but injuries related to childbirth and delivery are particularly devastating to families. Brachial Plexus injuries are one of the most common types of Texas birth injuries. Approximately one or two of every 1000 babies will suffer this type of injury. In many cases, this injury is preventable and occurs as a result of a healthcare provider’s negligence. In these cases, the doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional may be held liable for their negligence.

The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves near the shoulder, arm, and hand that attach to the spinal cord. When these nerves experience stretching, the individual may suffer burning, shock-like pain, numbness, or weakness. In some cases, the pain does not last for an extended period and can resolve with therapy or over time. However, severe brachial plexus injuries are associated with the inability to use specific muscles in the elbows, shoulders, and toes.

There are four main types of brachial plexus injuries which include, neurapraxia, neuroma injuries, rupture injuries, and avulsion injuries. Brachial plexus diagnosis can be complicated because the symptoms may overlap. Although these injuries can occur at any time, they most commonly occur during birth. Babies’ shoulders can get stuck and stretched behind the pubic bone, and the subsequent strain often results in stretching and tearing.

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(NATIONAL RECALL: February 2020) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall for an insulin pump that thousands of people use with Type 1 diabetes. The recall is centered around certain Medtronic MiniMed 600 series insulin pumps.

One person has died, 2,175 people have received injuries and there have been more than 26,000 complaints, according to a statement released by the FDA.

Medtronic is recalling the specified insulin pumps due to a missing or broken retainer ring. That ring helps lock the insulin cartridge into place, according to the FDA.

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