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Transverse Myelitis (TM) and Vaccine Reactions

Transverse myelitis, or TM, is a neurological disorder involving inflammation of the spinal cord.  Serious damage is caused by attacks of inflammation, and so is the destruction of myelin, the fatty insulating substance that covers nerve cell fibers. This damage results in nervous system scars that interrupt communications between nerves in the spinal cord and the entire body.  Studies show that rarely, vaccines trigger Transverse Myelitis.

Transverse Myelitis is an autoimmune disorder, which means that that body’s immune system has gone haywire.  Vaccinations, in addition to viral and bacterial infections, are known to be triggers. The influenza vaccine, or flu shot, is one of the more common immunizations that causes TM.  Our attorneys are experienced in representing clients who contracted Transverse Myelitis after a flu shot.  Review our case results for TM here.

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Symptoms of Transverse Myelitis

Symptoms of transverse myelitis include a loss of spinal cord function that lasts from several hours to possibly even several weeks. TM usually starts as a sudden onset of lower back pain, muscle weakness, or abnormal sensations in the toes and feet.  Then, it rapidly progress to more severe symptoms, including paralysis, urinary retention, and loss of bowel control.

Prognosis of Transverse Myelitis Triggered by Vaccine

Some patients recover from transverse myelitis with minor or no residual problems.  However, others suffer permanent impairments that affect their ability to perform ordinary tasks. Most patients have only one episode of transverse myelitis.  Although, a small percentage experience a recurrence.

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See Our Client Case Results for TM Vaccine Injuries

MCT Law previously represented a number of patients that have gotten compensation for injuries resulting from transverse myelitis following a vaccination.  These cases involved vaccines including the flu vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine, tetanus vaccine, and measles mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Below is a listing of our recent CIDP decisions from the United States Court of Federal Claims awarding compensation to our vaccine injury clients.

Amount CompensatedIllness
or Symptoms
Vaccine NameLink to Court DecisionDate
$100,000Transverse MyelitisFluCase 17-694V12/21/18
$845,000 + AnnuityTransverse MyelitisInfluenzaCase 13-421V11/27/18
$300,000Transverse Myelitis, DeathInfluenzaCase 15-1590V11/20/18
$107,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenzaCase 16-1104V3/7/18
$100,000Transverse MyelitisFlu VaccineCase 16-1412V10/27/17
$75,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 16-530V9/7/17
$100,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 16-029V8/11/17
$150,000Transverse Myelitis; DeathInfluenza VaccineCase 12-754V7/28/17
$370,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase15-525V3/20/17
$233,000Transverse MyelitisDTaP, Pneumococcal Conjugate VaccinesCase 15-1100V2/9/17
$130,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 15-1370V10/28/16
$210,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 15-956V8/4/16
$300,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 15-219V7/18/16
$220,000Transverse MyelitisTdap VaccineCase 14-923V6/20/16
$70,000Transverse MyelitisFlu VaccineCase 15-1162V4/7/16
$245,750Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 14-1052V2/2/16
$245,750Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 14-1052V2/2/16
$95,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 14-743V12/30/15
$90,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 15-92V11/17/15
$85,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 14-693V9/23/15
$165,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 14-1210V7/7/15
$100,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 15-0039V4/15/15
$260,000Transvese MyelitisFlu VaccineCase 14-368V4/13/15
$131,000Transverse Myelitis, Multiple SclerosisInfluenza VaccineCase 14-395V3/18/15
$100,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 12-879V11/14/14
$856,300Transverse Myelitis, Guillain BarreInfluenza VaccineCase 10-834V10/8/14
$90,000Transverse MyelitisTdap VaccineCase 13-791V5/28/14
$90,000Transverse MyelitisTdapCase 13-791V5/28/14
$325,000Transverse MyelitisFlu VaccineCase 12-445V12/18/13
$370,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 12-308V3/22/13
$250,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 11-242V10/22/12
$600,000Transverse MyelitisInfluenza VaccineCase 09-144V9/28/12
$1 MillionTransverse Myelitis; Multiple SclerosisMeningococcal VaccineCase /08-243V6/12/12
$340,000Transverse Myelitis, Multiple SclerosisMeningococcal VaccineCase 08-243V2/12/12

Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case and do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case. 

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