Case study: Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)

Diagnosis: Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)

A 64-year-old man received the seasonal flu vaccine.  Approximately one week after his vaccination, he began to experience the sudden onset of numbness and tingling in his hands, arms, feet and tongue.  The petitioner was admitted the emergency department for neurologic evaluation and testing.  His symptoms progressed to include progressive loss of reflexes, generalized weakness and fatigue.  He was diagnosed with GBS and treated with IVIG, and required extensive inpatient rehabilitation.  The petitioner required ongoing treatment for management of neuropathic pain in his feet, decreased reflexes and weakness.


Result: Petitioner was awarded $454,800.08, inclusive of past medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and his first year of future medical expenses.  The petitioner was also awarded an annuity sufficient to pay for future medical expenses related to his vaccine injury for the rest of his life.