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Transverse Myelitis (TM) and Vaccine Reactions

Transverse myelitis is a neurological disorder involving inflammation of the spinal cord.  Attacks of inflammation can damage or destroy myelin, the fatty insulating substance that covers nerve cell fibers. This damage causes nervous system scars that interrupt communications between the nerves in the spinal cord and the rest of the body.

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, have been found to trigger transverse myelitis. The influenza vaccine, or flu shot, is one of the more common immunizations that can cause TM.  Our attorneys have represented many clients who contracted Transverse Myelitis after a flu shot.  You can see our case results for TM here.

Symptoms of Transverse Myelitis

Symptoms of transverse myelitis include a loss of spinal cord function over several hours to several weeks. What usually begins as a sudden onset of lower back pain, muscle weakness, or abnormal sensations in the toes and feet can rapidly progress to more severe symptoms, including paralysis, urinary retention, and loss of bowel control.

Prognosis of Transverse Myelitis Triggered by Vaccine

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

See Our Client Case Results for TM Vaccine Injuries

MCT Law has 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.

DateVaccine NameIllness
or Symptoms
Link to Court DecisionAmount Compensated
3/7/2018InfluenzaTransverse MyelitisCase 16-1104V$107,000
10/27/2017Flu VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 16-1412V$100,000
9/7/2017Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 16-530V$75,000
8/11/2017Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 16-029V$100,000
7/28/2017Influenza VaccineTransverse Myelitis; DeathCase 12-754V$150,000
3/20/2017Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase15-525V$370,000
2/9/2017DTaP, Pneumococcal Conjugate VaccinesTransverse MyelitisCase 15-1100V$233,000
10/28/2016Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 15-1370V$130,000
8/4/2016Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 15-956V$210,000
7/18/2016Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 15-219V$300,000
6/20/2016Tdap VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 14-923V$220,000
4/7/2016Flu VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 15-1162V$70,000
2/2/2016Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 14-1052V$245,750
2/2/2016Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 14-1052V$245,750
12/30/2015Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 14-743V$95,000
11/17/2015Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 15-92V$90,000
9/23/2015Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 14-693V$85,000
7/7/2015Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 14-1210V$165,000
4/15/2015Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 15-0039V$100,000
4/13/2015Flu VaccineTransvese MyelitisCase 14-368V$260,000
3/18/2015Influenza VaccineTransverse Myelitis, Multiple SclerosisCase 14-395V$131,000
11/14/2014Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 12-879V$100,000
10/8/2014Influenza VaccineTransverse Myelitis, Guillain BarreCase 10-834V$856,300
5/28/2014Tdap VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 13-791V$90,000
5/28/2014TdapTransverse MyelitisCase 13-791V$90,000
12/18/2013Flu VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 12-445V$325,000
3/22/2013Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 12-308V$370,000
10/22/2012Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 11-242V$250,000
9/28/2012Influenza VaccineTransverse MyelitisCase 09-144V$600,000
6/12/2012Meningococcal VaccineTransverse Myelitis; Multiple SclerosisCase /08-243V$1 Million
2/12/2012Meningococcal VaccineTransverse Myelitis, Multiple SclerosisCase 08-243V$340,000

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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