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Miller Fisher Syndrome

What is Miller Fisher Syndrome?

Miller Fisher Syndrome is a rare variant of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), and is a nerve disease that affects the eyes and muscles. The immune system begins to attack the nerves in the body, usually starting with the face (Cleveland Clinic). Symptoms usually begin in the eyes and people with Miller Fisher syndrome may have trouble controlling their eye muscles. In one study, doctors report a patient who has a drooping eyelid that progressed to partial and then full facial paralysis as a result of Miller Fisher Syndrome (Port et al., 2020).

Other common symptoms of Miller Fisher Syndrome include: 

  • Balance problems
  • Eyelid drooping
  • Blurred vision 
  • Loss of tendon reflexes
  • Clumsy muscle movements 

IMPORTANT: The information below does NOT apply to injuries from COVID-19 vaccinations.

Can a Vaccine Cause Miller Fisher Syndrome?

Miller Fisher syndrome is commonly caused by an infection. However, it can happen as a reaction to a vaccine. Miller Fisher Syndrome is most often reported after people get the influenza vaccination or flu shot. (Krämer et al., 2013). The majority of cases triggered by a vaccine happen within the first six weeks (Ives, 2019), but can come on as quickly as five days after vaccination (Blanco-Marchite et al., 2008).

What to do if You Get Miller Fisher Syndrome from a Vaccine? 

If you get Miller Fisher Syndrome from a vaccine, we recommend that you contact a lawyer who is experienced in representing patients in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in the United States Court of Federal Claims. 

What is the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program? 

Congress created the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) in 1986 after lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers threatened to create vaccine shortages. So far, this federal trust fund has paid out billions of dollars in damages to thousands of people suffering from adverse reactions to vaccinations.  Billions of dollars are available for future compensation as well.

Why You Should Contact an Attorney to Help You File a Claim in the VICP

  • Filing a vaccine injury claim is an extremely complex legal process and we don’t recommend filing a claim on your own. An attorney can help you collect your medical records, hire scientific experts to testify on your behalf, and represent you against lawyers from the Department of Justice.
  • It costs you nothing to hire the vaccine injury attorneys at mctlaw. The United States Federal Government pays your legal fees on your behalf. Essentially, they pay your lawyer for you. At the end of your case, our law firm asks the Court to pay the fees and costs spent representing you. 
  • Any money that you win in your vaccine injury case is yours. You do no pay or share any part of it with your mctlaw attorneys. We are paid separately by the Court.

Settlement Amounts for Miller Fisher Syndrome 

Our vaccine injury lawyers have filed thousands of vaccine injury claims and won hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, including people with Miller Fisher Syndrome. Vaccine injury attorneys filed a claim for someone who got Miller Fisher Syndrome after a flu vaccine and won $151,000 for the client. Attorney Diana Stadelnikas successfully earned a payout for a Miller Fisher influenza vaccine claim for $125,000. Mctlaw attorneys have won compensation for other cases including a $125,000 Miller Fisher verdict and a $100,000 Miller Fisher award.

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System and Miller Fisher Syndrome

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS, is a repository of reports of vaccine reactions. It’s important to know that not all events are reported to VAERS, so it cannot be considered a full and complete picture of all vaccine reactions. In the past ten years, VAERS has received 55 reports of Miller Fisher syndrome after a vaccination. The most common vaccine reportedly linked to Miller Fisher Syndrome is the influenza vaccine with 25 reports. VAERS also reports Miller Fisher syndrome after the TDAP vaccine, Meningococcal vaccine, Hepatitis vaccines, and the HPV vaccine.

How Our Vaccine Injury Attorneys can Help

Our vaccine injury attorneys obtain compensation for patients with vaccine injuries by filing a lawsuit in the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. The outcome of the lawsuit determines what kind of compensation a victim may receive. Very few attorneys practice law before the Federal Vaccine Court. That’s why you’re advised to hire an experienced vaccine injury attorney. These are NOT simple personal injury cases.

Types of Guillain-Barré Variations

There are different variants of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). Some of the most common are:

Content Reviewed by Danielle Strait – Vaccine Injury Lawyer

Danielle Strait

Danielle Strait joined mctlaw as an attorney in 2012 and represents clients across the country in vaccine injury compensation claims. Although based in mctlaw’s Seattle office, Ms. Strait previously worked in the Firm’s Washington, DC location. Danielle spent three years serving as a federal judicial law clerk before joining mctlaw.

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