Seeking help from vaccine injury: refer to Vaccine Injury Table

There can be several complications as a direct or indirect result from medications and vaccinations. But, where can you get help if you believe that you were injured from a vaccine? There is now an easier and more convenient way to get answers right away.

The Vaccine Injury Table makes it easier for some people to get compensation. The Vaccine Injury Table is a direct result from the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 that created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

The Table lists and explains injuries/conditions that are presumed to be caused by vaccines. It also lists time periods in which the first symptom of these injuries/conditions must occur after receiving the vaccine. If the first symptom of these injuries/conditions occurs within the listed time periods, it is presumed that the vaccine was the cause of the injury or condition unless another cause is found. For example, if you received the tetanus vaccines and had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) within 4 hours after receiving the vaccine, then it is presumed that the tetanus vaccine caused the injury if no other cause is found. Examples of table injuries include anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction), paralytic polio, and encephalopathy (general brain disorder).

If your injury/condition is not on the Table or if your injury/condition did not occur within the time period on the Table, you must prove that the vaccine caused the injury/condition. Such proof must be based on medical records or opinion, which may include expert witness testimony.

You may file a claim if you received a vaccine covered by the VICP and believe that you have been injured by this vaccine. You may also file a claim if you are a parent or legal guardian of a child or disabled adult who received a vaccine covered by the VICP and believe that the person was injured by this vaccine. You may also file if you are the legal representative of the estate of a deceased person who received a vaccine covered by the VICP and believe that the person’s death resulted from the vaccine injury.

Individuals and their families can qualify for compensation in three ways. One is to show that an injury found on the Vaccine Injury Table occurred in the appropriate time interval following immunization. The other two ways to qualify include proving that the vaccine caused the condition or demonstrating that the vaccine worsened or aggravated a pre-existing condition.

For an injury, your claim must be filed within 3 years after the first symptom of the vaccine injury. For a death, your claim must be filed within 2 years of the death and 4 years after the start of first symptom of the vaccine-related injury from which the death occurred.

Therefore, if you or someone you love has become sick from a vaccine, read all the information you can on the Vaccine Injury Table and your rights under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, there you will be able to determine if you are eligible for compensation.

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