For millions of people, receiving vaccination shots during a visit to the doctor or clinic is a routine, mundane event. But for many others, especially children, this simple act can become adversely life-changing when they suffer from a vaccine injury.
There is a considerable range of recommended vaccinations, such as the flu or HPV vaccinations, and many that are requirements for attendance in the public school system, such as vaccinations for measles, chicken pox, polio, and DPT. The very drugs that were designed to reduce or eliminate the risk of contracting many diseases or illnesses, however, have become a source of danger in and of themselves for many individuals.
For decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have monitored the development and administration of hundreds of vaccination drugs that have been introduced into the marketplace by pharmaceutical companies. Although most health risks associated with the use of these drugs are identified through clinical trials, many are not, particularly in people with certain genetic makeups that may not be represented during a trial. These individuals that have an adverse reaction to a vaccination can experience a number of debilitating, often lifelong, conditions, including damage to the brain or nervous and immune systems.
In the early years of vaccination development, many lawsuits were brought against pharmaceutical companies by injured individuals, even if the drug had been properly manufactured. The result of the growing lawsuit trend was that many pharmaceutical companies stopped producing vaccinations, to the concern of the U.S. government. To address the issues surrounding serious vaccination injury cases, the National Vaccination Injury Compensation Program, or VICP, was established to help individuals recover from vaccination injuries. The VICP is a no-fault program that offers compensation for injuries related to numerous vaccines such as:
The program provides financial compensation for pain and suffering, current and future lost wages, injury-related medical expenses, and even legal fees.
Filing a VICP Claim
If you are considering pursuing recourse on behalf of a loved one suffering from a vaccine injury, here are a few key notes about filing a claim under the Vaccination Injury Compensation Program:
1. You may file a claim only if you are the injured person, the parent or guardian of an injured person, or someone responsible for the estate of a individual that has died as a result of a vaccine-related injury;
2. A claim will only be compensated under the program if the injury resulted in surgery or hospitalization, lasted for at least six months after the vaccination, or if the injury resulted in death;
3. A claim must be filed no later than three years after the first presentation of injury, and no later than two years after the date of a injury-related death.
Another important way that the FDA and CDC identify and monitor vaccine-related injuries is through VAERS, or the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. Through this database, more than 30,000 reports of vaccine-related illnesses, disabilities, and deaths are analyzed each year to identify the most serious vaccine-related cases to determine their ongoing safety. Reporting the injury of a loved one to VAERS, either individually or with the help of a doctor, could possibly help prevent the devastation of a similar vaccine-related injury or death to another family.
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