If you were injured by a vaccine you can file a claim for compensation in the vaccine injury compensation program (VICP).
People decide to get vaccines to protect themselves from disease, however, vaccines are not without risk and things can go wrong. Over 3.1 billion doses of vaccine were administered from 2006-2016, and there are numerous reports of injuries related to the vaccine. Vaccine injuries range from soreness or bruising in the area of injection to death.
People who suffer from a vaccine injury often have only one place to file a claim for compensation for that injury. In 1986 Congress created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. This program is just for vaccine injuries caused by vaccines recommended for children, e.g. MMR, Varicella, Flu, etc. The NVICP insulates the vaccine manufacturer from lawsuits, which serves only to prevent new and potentially safer vaccine design.
Even if the vaccine manufacturer could have designed their product safer, they may still not be held legally responsible. However, taking a complex vaccine injury case to trial before a jury can be a costly and daunting task. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created as an alternative to the traditional torts-based system of litigation that is often difficult to navigate for claimants and their lawyers.
The VICP is funded by a tax that is levied on every vaccine that is administered in the United States. The tax is assessed for each disease that is prevented by a vaccination. The tax goes into a fund that is reserved for compensating those who are injured. Settlements and claims are paid directly from this fund.
Those that are injured, or their parents and legal guardians, may file a claim for compensation. The petition is filed with the United States Court of Federal Claims, who is tasked with administering the Program. The Court employs Special Masters, whose job it is to hear vaccine cases.
In the over 30-year history of the Program, over 6,000 people have received compensation from the Fund. A total of $4 billion has been paid out from the Fund. There are rules, procedures and deadlines with which those filing a claim must comply when seeking compensation. Given that this is a special program, it may be difficult for everyday people to gain an understanding of these rules. Any mistakes could jeopardize a claimant’s chances of a successful recovery. As a result, it is best for those who believe that may have been injured by a vaccine to contact an attorney to help assess their claim and determine the proper course of action. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Sadaka Associates specialize in vaccine injury related claims. If you or a loved one has been injured by a vaccine, contact them today for a free consultation.
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