Why You Need to Know About Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
Oct. 4, 2017
If you or your child have ever received a vaccine, such as the normal childhood immunizations (DTaP, MMR, etc.), or the HPV vaccine (including Gardasil), or the seasonal flu vaccine, you may have been given an information sheet. Those sheets include facts about the diseases being prevented by the vaccine, and possible side effects.
They also contain contact information about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) for persons who believe they may have been injured by the vaccine. It includes a link to the VICP website, which describes the program and how to file a claim. There, you can learn that a claim is a very complicated process, and that most persons are therefore represented by lawyers.
The Program implemented plans in 2014 and 2015 to better promote public awareness of the VICP. Still, most people have no idea that there is compensation available to them when they have an adverse reaction following a shot or immunization. To make matters worse, just as often the physician, doctor, nurse, hospital, clinic, or pharmacy where they received the injection or where they are receiving treatment will not know about the VICP.
The importance of knowing about the VICP and contacting a lawyer is critical because there is a limited amount of time to file a claim, called a statute of limitation. This means that as soon as a person shows the first sign or symptom of the reaction, they have three years to file a claim, or two years if the person dies from the reaction. And it doesn't matter if the person isn't aware of the program or even if they are not told by their doctor that the condition they have may be from a vaccine.
How can Vaccine Injury Pros help you?
Because of the limited amount of time allowed for filing a claim, when we receive an email or call, we return that contact quickly to visit with you about the possibility that you may have a claim for compensation. There is no fee involved then or at any time to talk about the claim, or for us to investigate the claim, or for us to pursue the claim. Also, the firm pays the expenses incurred to pursue the claim. Therefore, the case can be handled free of charge. And if the claim is paid, any legal fees and costs are paid separately from the amount the person receives, so that the recovery is not reduced by legal expenses. Therefore, there is no reason for a person to not be represented by a lawyer in a Vaccine Injury claim.
You can contact us for a FREE consultation about a possible Vaccine Injury by visiting our Contact page. And you can learn more about the NVICP and the firm's representation of persons with possible Vaccine Injury claims by visiting the Vaccine Injury page and other articles in our Blog.