While every year in the United States millions of vaccines are administered in a safe manner, there is a small percentage of individuals who will suffer adverse reactions from their vaccines. In most cases, the reactions are minor, such as soreness at the injection site or perhaps a fever. However, some people suffer injuries that may be debilitating, or in some rare cases lead to death. If you or a loved one believe an injury was due to a vaccine, here are some reasons why you should seek legal representation.
Proving Your Case
Due to the vast majority of people having no adverse reactions to vaccines, these cases will be looked at with intense scrutiny. As a result, your case will be one that is highly specialized and challenging for even the most skilled attorney. However, by hiring an attorney who specializes in vaccine injury cases, they can work with you to plan a legal strategy to help you gain compensation for your injuries.
National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
Established in 1988 as a way to pay restitution to victims of vaccine injuries, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is the path you will take to gain financial compensation for your injuries. Therefore, it’s crucial to work with an attorney who understands how this program works, since there are numerous documents to file by certain deadlines as well as large amounts of information that are needed concerning the injuries sustained by the vaccine. By working with a vaccine injury lawyer, they will know which vaccines are covered by this program, if you are eligible to file a claim, and if so how to get started.
Filing the Claim
Once a lawyer has determined you are eligible to file a claim, it’s important to understand various legal aspects of your claim. For example, you may file a claim if you or your child were injured from a vaccine, and you can also file a claim if you are the legal representative of the estate of a person whose death was believed to have occurred due to a vaccine injury. Along with determining eligibility, your attorney will also make sure your case still falls within the statute of limitations for filing a claim. In the event you or your child were injured, you must file a claim within three years from the time the first symptoms appeared. However, if you are filing a claim on behalf of a deceased individual, the statute of limitations is only two years from the date of the person’s death.
If after your claim is filed and it is determined you are entitled to compensation, you can receive money that will help cover both past and future medical expenses, as well as past and future pain and suffering. However, the monetary award for pain and suffering cannot exceed $250,000. In addition, you may also be compensated for past and future lost wages, in the event you have been unable to work and have evidence you will be unable to work in the near future. Finally, if you are seeking compensation for the estate of a deceased individual, the maximum amount that can be awarded is $250,000.
Since these cases often involve extensive analysis of medical records, interviewing various individuals, and the use of expert witnesses from the medical community, you should always consult an attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable about these cases. By doing so, you can discuss your case at great length, and also find out more about your legal rights as they pertain to vaccine injuries.
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