Ward Black Law is pleased to announce that on Friday, April 18, the US Court of Federal Claims entered a judgment in favor of a local vaccine injury client. After suffering from the devastating effects of the flu vaccine, he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) and will now receive lifetime compensation totaling more than 8.1 million dollars.
A healthy 45-year-old, our client was a happily married man with a one-year-old son. On October 4, 2010 he visited his family doctor for a routine checkup and received the influenza vaccine, more commonly known as the flu shot. In the days following his vaccination, our client suffered from generalized numbness and weakness. On October 12, 2010, he woke up paralyzed from the waist down and in incredible pain. After being transported by ambulance to the emergency room at Wesley Long Hospital, he was diagnosed with GBS and subsequently intubated as the paralysis had reached his diaphragm, causing him to suffocate. Our client remained on the edge of death for three weeks, including 10 days in a coma. This life-threatening case of GBS was rare and exceptional, and already in its most severe and permanent form. Over the next 10 months, our client was treated at four different medical facilities in North Carolina, where he was kept alive via respirators, feeding tubes, medication and most significantly, the determination to see his son grow into a man. Despite this aggressive medical care, our client continued to suffer from profound and devastating neurological deficits. He is now living at home with his family but is dependent upon 24-hour attendant care.