Two Cases Settled for Transverse Myelitis Clients: More devastating effects of the flu vaccine

Ward Black Law is pleased to announce that settlements have been earned for two clients who developed transverse myelitis after receiving the flu vaccine. Because they endured pain, suffering and numerous lifestyle changes, Mrs. Gore and Mrs. Corum each received compensation totaling approximately $200,000.

Case One

On October 15, 2012, Mrs. Gore visited her family physician’s office for an influenza vaccine. Six days after receiving the vaccination, she began to experience ascending numbness in her lower extremities, with severe weakness in her right leg.  Mrs. Gore believed the pain and weakness were a result of restless leg syndrome or arthritis. A few days later, she visited her doctor again for treatment and received a shot of Robaxin, a drug used to treat muscle pain. Before she made it home that day, she fell due to the numbness in her foot. She suffered a fracture and was treated at the hospital. This was the first of many trips to the hospital, as Mrs. Gore continued to suffer from numbness, pain and widespread weakness. She was diagnosed with transverse myelitis during her stay at the Medical University of South Carolina in late October. Gore continues to receive medical treatment for her condition, and suffers from constant pain, weakness, tingling and numbness. She must use a walker and requires assistance standing at all times. Unfortunately, her doctor has deemed her symptoms permanent, and believes they are a result of her flu vaccination.

Case Two

On September 14, 2011, Mrs. Corum received a flu vaccine at her local health department. Within two weeks of receiving the vaccine, she developed progressive numbness in her lower abdomen and down both legs. Because of previous medical conditions, her doctor ordered an urgent MRI which revealed several lesions of the spine. Mrs. Corum’s doctor considered multiple sclerosis, but ultimately determined that her condition was transverse myelitis. Her doctor believes there is a logical cause and effect showing that the condition was onset by her influenza vaccination. Through extensive medical testing, all other causes have been ruled out. Mrs. Corum continues to suffer from extreme weakness, particularly on her right side. She also suffers from frequent falls, leg and foot pain and memory loss. It is believed that her condition is permanent.

Providing Justice

For Mrs. Gore and Mrs. Corum, the vaccine injury attorneys at Ward Black Law successfully petitioned for funds from the Vaccine Compensation Program before the US Court of Federal Claims. Our lawyers ensured that both clients received everything they were entitled to including lost wages, unreimbursed medical expenses and maximum compensation for pain and suffering. Judgment was entered in favor of both clients, entitling them to approximately $200,000 each. All attorney fees, costs and expert expenses are being paid separately by the Vaccine Compensation Program and will not reduce the clients’ recovery funds.

Transverse Myelitis

Transverse myelitis is an inflammatory disorder which can cause severe damage to the spinal cord. Targeting myelin, the insulating material which covers nerve cell fibers, the condition has been known to affect communication between nerves in the spinal cord and those in the rest of the body. Drugs and rehabilitative therapy can help a patient recover from transverse myelitis, but often, they are left with lifelong disabilities. A few of the most common side effects include:

  • Tingling sensations including numbness
  • Weakness in the arms and legs
  • Widespread pain and discomfort
  • Bowel and/or bladder dysfunction

Although rare, transverse myelitis has been reported in association with the influenza vaccination. Ward Black Law’s vaccine injury attorneys are handling many other cases similar to those of Mrs. Gore and Mrs. Corum. In addition to transverse myelitis victims, our attorneys are also representing clients suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, polymyalgia rheumatica and retina vasculitis.

Learn more today

Have you suffered serious side effects after receiving the flu vaccine or another vaccination? If you (or a loved one) are dealing with an aggressive condition that you believe is a result of vaccine injury, take action today. Contact Nancy Meyers and the Ward Black Law vaccine attorneys. We can share success stories of clients who have endured similar conditions, and explain your rights to compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, suffering and more.

Call 800-531-9191 or schedule a free case review today.