If you or a loved one has been harmed, injured, or is suffering from a serious medical condition that resulted after having a routine vaccine, you deserve to know that you aren’t alone. Even though vaccinations are advertised as being safe 100% of the time, there is never that guarantee. Under rare circumstances, vaccines can cause complications and debilitating conditions. Sometimes death even occurs have having a vaccine.
When someone suffers after having a vaccine that was supposed to keep them healthy, they are legally entitled to receive compensation on behalf of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). This program is available federally—to residents of every U.S. state—without forcing the resident to file a claim in their state’s court. The financial compensation granted can help your family recover from a tragedy that shouldn’t have happened in the first place.
How Vaccine Injury Claims Hold Drug Manufacturers Responsible
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created in 1988 as a quicker, inexpensive alternative to civil court lawsuits. Vaccine injury lawsuits that are filed under this program go to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. This means they are not limited to any state, are not governed by individual state laws, and do not have to filed at state courthouses at all.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program became the only vaccine injury claim option when vaccine manufacturers threatened to withhold their vaccinations from hospitals and physicians unless the government put a stop to civil litigation. The program is entirely funded through federal funds. As a result, vaccine manufacturers do not provide any compensation toward the victims.
This effectively means that vaccine manufacturers are legally blameless for vaccines that cause injury or serious, long-lasting conditions. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is both good and bad, as you can begin to see.
It’s good for victims of vaccine injuries since they can file for compensation in a timelier manner, but it’s also bad. When vaccine manufacturers feel no pressure to continually perfect their drug formulas and work towards creating vaccines that cause as little harm as possible, they may make few changes to the vaccine formulas and instead focus on prioritizing profit margins over the safety of U.S. citizens and their families.
As personal injury lawyers, it’s our hope that as we continue to help victims of vaccine injuries recover under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, we can send a message to the federal government that cannot be ignored. When the number of claims reaches a certain point, the government will be forced to keep a closer eye on vaccine manufacturers and make sure they prioritize the safety of patients over anything else.
About the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
Every year, the dangerous side effects of vaccinations harm individuals. These side effects include allergic reactions, stroke, heart attack, encephalopathy, brain damage, seizures, and more. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program exists to compensate and care for those who have suffered a serious vaccine injury or condition.
Here are some basic facts about the program and how it works:
- To file a claim, you must file a petition with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will then review your petition and decide the next course of action.
- To be eligible to file a claim, your injury or condition must have lasted for more than six months or resulted in a surgical intervention with inpatient hospitalization or resulted in death. These requirements are very strict.
- You may be asked to come in for a hearing in which you can provide evidence to support your case.
- Filing a claim for a vaccine injury is complicated. You can file by yourself, but it’s far easier with the help of a Milwaukee, WI vaccine injury lawyer. To get the best help possible, you need to hire a law firm that knows the details of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and has a proven record of success.
- There is no cost to you to file a claim. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program pays all attorney’s fees and costs at the conclusion of the case.
- Filing a claim is a lengthy process. Under current standards, it may take the U.S. Court of Federal Claims 2-3 years to reach a decision.
For more information, please see our vaccine injury lawsuit FAQ that includes additional information about the program and the claim process.
You are also free to contact Urban & Taylor, S.C. at any time regarding the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Since it’s a nationwide program, remember that you don’t have to be located near our Milwaukee, Wisconsin office to receive the help of our law firm. We will be more than happy to help you wherever you are located and can even fly out to you if a hearing is required as part of your case.