Transverse Myelitis

Transverse myelitis is an inflammation of the spinal cord, which often targets insulating material covering nerve cell fibers known as myelin. Transverse myelitis may result in injury across the spinal cord, affecting sensation below the injury. The disrupted transmission of nerve signals due to transverse myelitis can cause pain or other sensory problems, weakness or paralysis of muscle, or bladder and bowel dysfunction.

Symptoms of Transverse Myelitis from vaccines are:
  • Pain in the lower back and pain that shoots down your legs or arms or around your chest or abdomen 

  • Abnormal sensations such as numbness, tingling, coldness, burning, or sensitivity to touch and temperature. 

  • Weakness in the arms or legs, or even total paralysis 

  • Bladder and bowel problems, including urinary incontinence, difficulty urinating, and constipation. 

Transverse myelitis is not a specific injury listed in the Vaccine Injury Table. But this does not mean there is no possibility of compensation from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. So long as there is credible evidence that ties the onset of transverse myelitis to one of the vaccines covered by the program, an experienced vaccine injury attorney can help draft a petition to the United States Court of Federal Claims to get you compensation for your injury.

Not All Vaccines Are Covered

The Vaccination Injury Compensation Program mandates that only certain vaccines are covered. For a full list of covered vaccines, please click the link below. It is important to note that Lawyer’s fees are paid out of the Fund whether you win or lose, as long as the case was filed “in good faith and with a reasonable basis.” 

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