Whooping cough vaccine results in unprecedented medical negligence claim

Date: Jan 31, 2017

Many medical procedures, medicines and vaccines come with a list of possible side effects and complications that can harm a patient rather than help them to recover. Depending on the nature of these outcomes, a patient may be able to file a medical negligence claim to ensure they are compensated fairly.

A recent case in Western Australia revealed that even the safest procedures all carry their own level of risk. A man suffered what is being reported as a “one-in-a-million allergic reaction” to a vaccine for whooping cough and is now suing for medical negligence against the WA government.

What are the details of the case?

The WA man was required to receive a vaccination protecting him from contracting whooping cough if he wanted to see his newborn child. Unfortunately, according to The West Australian, the man had an extremely rare reaction to what is normally a safe vaccine which has now left him permanently disabled.

The reaction gave him acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. It’s an autoimmune disease that impacts the spinal cord. As such, the victim has no feeling from the waist down so is unable to walk. He’s also suffering memory loss, all of which an immunology expert has traced back to the vaccine he was forced to accept.

While the couple is being supported by public donations to account for their legal expenses, they explained that their legal campaign was not down to desire for needless compensation, but simply so they could care for the victim and their five children.

“Before this we lived a normal, peaceful life – now it is a non-stop roller-coaster,” the victim explained.”This is not about millions of dollars or a mansion. This is about allowing us to live a normal life with our children.”

Currently, there is no official support program directed specifically at people who have suffered ongoing medical complications, hence why the couple has to sue the WA government. According to the World Health Organisation, at least 19 countries worldwide have schemes just to account for rare adverse reactions to regular vaccines such as this.

If you’ve suffered an ongoing medical condition as a result of a medical professional’s errors or other product failure, it’s important to talk to specialist compensation lawyers. The team at Gerard Malouf and Partners can offer free face-to-face or phone consultations.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.