Since 1995 - Carol L. Gallagher, Esquire LLC has been getting justice for people just like you! Specializing in vaccine related law, over 90% of our cases have been in the field!
On October 1, 1988, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-660) created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP was established to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines, stabilize vaccine costs, and establish and maintain an accessible and efficient forum for individuals found to be injured by certain vaccines.
The VICP is a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for resolving vaccine injury claims that provides compensation to people found to be injured by certain vaccines.
You may file a claim if you received a vaccine covered by the VICP and believe that you have been injured. You may also file a claim if you are a parent or legal guardian of a child or disabled adult who received a vaccine and believe that the person was injured by this vaccine. We represent people who may have been injured by a vaccine under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
If your vaccination or a loved one’s vaccine went horribly wrong, call now as you may be entitled to financial compensation to help with lost wages, medical bills, long term care, death or for your pain and suffering. You may be entitled to compensation if you maintain power of attorney of the estate of a deceased person whose death may have been related to a vaccine.
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Carol L. Gallagher, Esquire
In 1980, I had my first child. He was 9 pounds, 5 ounces and very healthy. When he received his first DTP vaccine at the age of 2 months, I took him home, and he had a high pitched scream for hours. No matter what I did, he was inconsolable. When I called the pediatrician, the nurse told me that it was “normal”. By the next day, he had calmed down. At four months and 6 months, he was given the 2nd and 3rd doses of the DTP vaccine. Shortly thereafter, he had the same adverse reaction. Being a new mother, once again, I believed the medical professional—that it was “normal”.
At 18 months, he was administered the MMR vaccine. Within 24 hours, his fever was so high that the doctor told me to wrap him in a tepid towel and give him aspirin. After this vaccine, he could no longer tolerate milk and began to wheeze when he was outside in the cold weather. The wheezing continued, but his pediatrician could not seem to diagnose his problem. After several months, he was tested for cystic fibrosis, which was negative. He continued to have episodes of projectile vomiting and was losing a lot of weight. When I finally took him to a specialist from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the doctor immediately told me (without any clinical testing), “your son has had asthma since he was 18 months old”. He was prescribed a daily dose of Slo-Bid” (Theophylline), a bronchodialator. He presented to his specialist on a regular basis and often had to be prescribed Prednisone when the asthma worsened. When he was 16 years old, we returned to his specialist who told him to go outside and run around the parking lot twice and then come back in to see him. I was so anxious, knowing that it was cold (December) and how any exercise during cold weather exacerbated his asthma, that I went out to the parking lot with him. He did not wheeze at all and the doctor said, “You do not need to take your medicine anymore”.
As I look back now, as an attorney who has been representing vaccine injured adults and children for years, and with a son who has no family history of asthma, I have to think that because he had not received any additional vaccines after he was 5 years old, with the exception of the MMR booster, the adverse effects from the vaccine ingredients had dissipated to the point that he no longer suffered with asthma.
From 1974 until 1989, I taught first and fifth grades at a public elementary school. During these years, I never taught one child who had a peanut allergy or who appeared to be autistic. Interestingly, in 2007 ABC was going to air an episode on the Eli Stone show about a mother who successfully brought a lawsuit to court against a pharmaceutical company claiming that the vaccine additive, “mercuritol”, (a fictitious name for the vaccine ingredient, thimerosal,) caused her son’s autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics went to great lengths, unsuccessfully, to block the airing of this show. Before the show aired, I was interviewed by ABC news regarding my opinion of a link between vaccines and autism. ABC televised a small segment of my one hour interview, which was my comment “I taught for 14 years in the 1970s and 1980s, and I never had one child with autism, and there is no such thing as a genetic epidemic”.
It was then and is now my belief, from firsthand experience, that vaccines can and do cause adverse consequences among some unfortunate individuals.