A law firm is pursuing cases on behalf of clients who claim to have sustained a significant injury as a result of the Covid-19 vaccine.
iam Moloney, a partner at Moloney & Co Solicitors, says a number of people have contacted his practice to say they became seriously ill after the vaccination.
Mr Moloney, who fully supports the vaccination process, said that a very small number of people can have a “significant adverse reaction” to vaccines and that if a “product defect” can be proven, a civil case can begin. .
People who developed myocarditis and pericarditis, conditions related to the inflammation of the heart muscles, as well as Bell’s palsy and SIRVA – a shoulder injury related to the administration of the vaccine – have contacted the office of ‘lawyers of Naas, County Kildare.
âIt’s very rare to have a major injury from a vaccine, but it does happen,â he said.
“The vast majority of people who get vaccinated will have no side effects or only mild side effects. Anyone with a mild or moderate side effect has no potential for a claim. But people who think they have suffered a significant injury contacted me.
âThere is a legal threshold. A medical condition must be identified and diagnosed. It must then be proved that it was caused by a defect in the product.
The onus is on the person to prove that the product, in this case a vaccine, had a defect.
This involves having a medical expert testify that, on the balance of probabilities, the person’s injury was caused by the vaccine.
âAt the present time, you cannot initiate proceedings without having expert evidence. “
The lawyer welcomed the proposals for a vaccine compensation system.
Four weeks ago, the government said work was underway to establish a compensation scheme for anyone injured as a result of one of the state’s vaccination programs.
Mr Moloney said the program will inspire confidence in people taking vaccines, which is important for the Covid vaccination campaign.
âWe should be happy that the government recognizes this and it is not only in relation to the Covid vaccines.
âAlthough the terms of reference have not yet been published, it is far better to have a compensation scheme rather than having people facing uncertain and costly litigation. “
The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) and the National Immunization Office (NIO) regularly publish data on the number of people who have contacted them to report a potential side effect of the Covid vaccine.
The most recent statistics show that 13,529 reports have been made to the HPRA since the start of the Covid vaccination process.
“Health authorities are already accepting that some people suffer from side effects and are releasing data regularly,” Moloney said.
âI myself have been vaccinated. But we also have to accept that in rare cases some people can sustain significant injuries. On behalf of a number of clients, I am investigating whether they can be proven to have sustained a significant vaccine-related injury. “
It emerged in July how nearly 30 families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against nursing homes following the Covid-19 outbreaks.
The PA Duffy law firm represents clients who continue to treat loved ones in nursing homes during the pandemic.
Twelve nursing homes are involved in the lawsuits, with instructions for more facilities expected.
The cabinet also called for the establishment of a commission of inquiry or an alternative form of public inquiry into the management of Covid-19 in long-term care facilities.
“The scale of the cases we are currently investigating, and more generally, the scale of deaths in nursing homes during the pandemic, is truly unprecedented,” he added. the firm said in a letter to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.
The 79-page letter stated that “the plethora of deaths underlying these truly shocking statistics is indicative of a system of care that is not intended and that has resulted in more deaths in a single event and against a single group. individual “- the elderly and disabled – in the history of the state.
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