Sarah Behie’s reaction to the flu vaccine began within a week when she started experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, muscle aches, and weakness. She went to the emergency room but was sent home. A few weeks later, she was admitted to the hospital, unable to walk.
Behie was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare but paralyzing disorder that attacks the nerves and the immune system. There is no cure for GBS, but physical therapy can lessen the severity of GBS.
Four years later, she has still not fully recovered. She is bed and wheelchair bound in a nursing facility. Sarah’s vaccine injury lawyers filed her vaccine injury claim with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in Washington, D.C. The settlement will cover not only her medical expenses and life care expenses, but it will also reimburse her for pain and suffering, and lost earnings resulting from her adverse reaction to the flu vaccine. The expected lifetime payout of Sarah’s settlement is $11.6 million.
“While there is no sum of money that can bring Sarah back to her healthy condition before receiving the flu vaccine, we are thrilled that Sarah will now that the beans to obtain the appropriate and necessary medical treatment to deal with this tragic disease,” vaccine lawyer Lawrence Cohan said.
Lawrence Cohan is a partner at Anapol Schwartz. He is nationally recognized for his success in litigating vaccine lawsuits as well as other personal injury matters. He was named a Top 100 Lawyer in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers, and he was voted 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort and Class Actions by Best Lawyers.
David Carney is an associate at Anapol Schwartz who concentrates his practice in vaccine lawsuits and medical malpractice lawsuits. Carney is a member of the Vaccine Injury Petitioner’s Bar Association. In 2013, he assisted Cohan with a $9 million settlement with a lifetime payout of $40 million on behalf of a boy diagnosed with encephalitis caused by a chicken pox vaccine.