Though they provide immunity from a myriad of diseases, vaccines are not without risk. Children and adults alike are often held to strict vaccination schedules. Everyone knows the benefits of receiving vaccinations – but what about the side effects? What happens when they go wrong and you or your child gets sick from receiving a routine vaccination?
Among the most serious potential side effects of vaccines are blood clots, encephalitis, stroke, debilitating neurological disorders, and even death. Can you get help with medical bills, expenses and the like if you or a loved one have been injured by a vaccine? The answer may be yes.
Vaccine injury claims are not like traditional personal injury claims; they require a lawyer admitted to the vaccine court in Washington, DC. Our vaccine injury lawyers have represented hundreds of clients injured by vaccines from around the country.
Vaccine Court: Not Your Usual Court
In 1986 Congress created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) to award compensation to victims of vaccine injury. The VICP was established to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines, stabilize vaccine costs, and establish and maintain an accessible and efficient forum for individuals found to be injured by certain vaccines. The VICP is a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for resolving vaccine injury claims that provides compensation to people found to be injured by certain vaccines.
Claims are filed in the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC where it will be heard by a special master. A lawyer from the Department of Justice will defend the case. If the special master finds that the individual suffered a vaccine injury, compensation will be awarded for the injured person’s past and future medical needs, future lost wages, and past and future pain and suffering.
The program pays for your vaccine attorney. Importantly, attorney’s fees and costs are paid separately out of the same Vaccine Injury Fund from which awards of compensation are paid, so you don’t have to pay your lawyer with your own money and the lawyer’s fees and costs do not come out of the award of compensation for your vaccine injury.
For a vaccine-related injury, your claim must be filed within 3 years after the first symptom of the vaccine injury. For a vaccine-related 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.
Who Is Eligible To File A Claim?
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.
Call Sadaka Associates to have your case evaluated by one of our experienced vaccine injury lawyers 1-800-810-3457.