The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is a $3 billion program that is designed to help people who have suffered catastrophic reactions to vaccinations. Even though this program was designed to help victims, investigators have also found that it has loopholes that will protect the vaccine manufacturers. Furthermore, the vaccine manufacturers are not the ones who are paying for the program. The program is actually being funded by the patients.
Jessica Mura is one of the many people who has received compensation from the Vaccine Compensation Program. In 2006, she was a normal, healthy 21-year-old. However, her life changed drastically after she got a flu shot. She never wanted to get the flu shot, but it was required by her employer.
Jessica began to experience unpleasant symptoms within a few days of getting the flu shot. She ended up in a coma and required 15 surgeries. Jodie Fleishcer, who is an investigative reporter, asked Jessica how she was sure that her condition was caused by the vaccination. Jessica stated that she was 2,000 percent sure that the flu shot was the cause of her condition because she had no health problems prior to getting the shot. The federal government finally agreed to compensate her. However, she did not receive any money until seven years after her injury.
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is also supposed to be an alternative to filing a lawsuit against the vaccine makers. Jessica stated that she knew what happened to her was wrong, and she just wanted to rectify it. Diana Tiverson is another person who has been injured by vaccinations and is trying to get compensated. She has not heard anything back from the program. She has also had trouble finding an attorney who will listen to her case.
Diana is still happy that the program exists. She has stated that it was a brilliant idea. Diana believes manufacturers should have to take responsibility for the injuries that vaccines cause. However, she does believe that the program will take away the manufacturers’ incentive to make vaccines safer.
The program is funded by the fees that patients pay for their shots. Seventy-five cents from every shot will go towards the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The program has been around since 1989. Patients are supposed to wait a maximum of eight months before they are compensated. However, a 2014 audit showed that half of patients have to wait five years or more before they get compensated.
Not only are people waiting a long time to get compensation, many people are turned away. In fact, it is estimated that 10,000 patients have been denied compensation within the past 25 years. Barbara Loe Fisher is the president of the National Vaccine Information Center. She knows firsthand what it is like to suffer a vaccine injury. When her son was a toddler, he was injured after getting the DPT vaccine. That is why she decided to get involved with the National Vaccine Information Center.
Barbara has stated that the Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services are responsible for making sure that the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is responsible for doing what it is supposed to do. The program has stated that it wants to make sure that the claims are not frivolous. In order to get compensation, the victim has to prove that negligence has occurred.
Diana believes that the program should make sure that people are not filing frivolous claims. However, she believes that it should be easy for them to weed those out. Jessica is happy to get compensated, but she says that no amount of money can undo the pain and suffering she has endured. She is paralyzed and would give anything to be able to walk again.
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