Narcolepsy – Pandemrix Vaccination
Swine Flu Narcolepsy Claims *
The Pandemrix vaccine was authorised in the EU in September 2009. It was used extensively during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. More than 30 million people were vaccinated with the drug in the EU.
In Ireland HSE clinics and GPs administered more than 900,000 doses of Pandemrix Vaccination during the pandemic. The Government gave indemnity cover to drug maker GlaxoSmithKline at the time the vaccine was issued in 2009. In August 2010, Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare recommended that vaccination with Pandemrix be discontinued following reports of a link to narcolepsy.
Studies carried out in Finland and Sweden showed an association between Narcolepsy – Pandemrix vaccination in children. The results showed a 6 to 13-fold increase in those countries.
Pandemrix Vaccine Side Effects
The current advice from the European Medicines Agency is that the drug should not be used on persons under age 20. This is unless the recommended seasonal influenza vaccine is not available in cases where immunisation against H1N1 is needed. The HSE has said the use of the vaccine is no longer recommended. GPs have been advised to return any remaining stocks. The HSE has also confirmed that there are over 30 new cases of children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a disabling chronic neurological disorder. It is characterised by excessive daytime sleepiness which is often accompanied by cataplexy, causing muscle weakness.
A Support group has been set up in Ireland and it is called SOUND. This stands for Sufferers of Unique Narcolepsy Disorder.
Assessing Your Situation:
A panel of experts assess your situation in the following areas:
- Nurses and Physiotherapists with regard to current rehabilitation care and future care.
- Occupation Therapists in assessing aids, equipment and extensions/alterations of homes and transportation.
- Vocational assessors: in assessing employment and educational needs.
- Doctors and Consultants for future medical costs.
- Actuaries to assist with the calculation of present and future loss of earnings for the clients/dependent children or spouses.
- Consultants in assessing the severity of the impact of the injury and mobility into the future.
Pandemrix Vaccine Claim *
1. Speak with a Medical Negligence Solicitor
Speaking with a medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible is imperative. Medical negligence is a very complex topic in Irish law. Attempting to bring a vaccine claim forward without having spoken to a solicitor specialising in pandemrix narcolepsy claims may mean that you may miss a vital step of the process which could delay you claim procedure considerably.
2. Medical Records
In order to make a claim, it must be established and proven that the narcolepsy sustained was caused by the medical negligence of the surgeon. Therefore, after having spoken with you about your case, your solicitor will then request access to your medical records.
At this stage, the solicitor will have your medical record assessed by an independent expert in the field.
3. Letter of Claim
If the independent medical expert has concluded that medical negligence is the cause of your injury / poor outcome then your solicitor will draft a Letter of Claim. A Letter of Claim will outline the nature of your case and invites the part at fault to settle your narcolepsy claim.
The next steps involved are heavily dependent on your case and response to your Letter of Claim. Therefore, it will determine whether your case will be brought to court or settled outside of court. Your solicitor will be on hand every step of the way to guide you through this process.
Important Time Frames
An individual who has been injured as a result of a medical procedure has 2 years from the date of the injury or 2 years from the date of knowledge in which to take a case and issue proceedings. In the case of those under 18 years of age or those with intellectual impairment, time limits are extended by legislation. If in any doubt about whether your case is within the statute of limitations it is important that you seek legal advice.
With 30 years’ experience as specialist medical negligence solicitors *, Tracey Solicitors, ensure not to overwhelm you with legal jargon and can provide you with legal advice and guidance with your best interest at heart, in a language that you can understand. For a confidential discussion call our expert medical negligence solicitor Caoimhe McConnell on 00353 (0) 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her about your case.