Vaccines have been one of the greatest medical breakthroughs in history, saving millions of lives worldwide every year and preventing children and adults alike from being seriously injured or killed by preventable illnesses. Without vaccines, diseases like tuberculosis, polio, pertussis, and the flu would be rampant.

Unfortunately, like any medical treatment, vaccines cannot be both completely effective and completely safe. In rare cases, allergies, dermatitis, and other conditions can react adversely with vaccines and cause illness or injury. If you believe that you or your child has been injured by a vaccination, it’s important to know what steps to take.

Check the Vaccine Injury Table

Before you pursue compensation for a perceived vaccine injury, you should know that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) has created a list of vaccines, and the respective injuries they may cause, that are eligible for compensation. These claims are filed federally in Washington, D.C. — they’re not local, civil cases.

Only a select attorneys, those who are admitted to practice before in the Court of Federal Claims, are allowed to pursue vaccine injury cases. At Mintz Law Firm, our vaccine injury compensation team is headed by one of the small number of attorneys who are allowed to pursue such cases.

For more on the list of vaccines and injuries that can be pursued, click here.

Evaluate the Injury

One of the most important components of any vaccine injury case will be proof of the injury itself. For that reason, you should document every aspect of the injury, starting when the vaccine was first administered, and continuing for as long as symptoms persist.

Write down what the affected person is experiencing, take pictures of the injection site or wherever else there’s a visible reaction, and keep documenting the way that symptoms appear and change over time.

Keep in mind that some symptoms don’t appear immediately, so don’t dismiss symptoms just because they didn’t manifest until several days later.

Contact Your Doctor

Another vital component of any vaccine injury case is medical treatment related to the complications or illness caused by the vaccine. Without prompt, consistent medical treatment, a claim may lack the medical evidence necessary to succeed. A doctor will be able to tell the difference between a vaccine injury and an unrelated illness, tell you exactly what’s happening to you or your loved one, run medical tests to confirm what’s happening, and ultimately support your case. If you think you or your loved one has suffered a vaccine injury, the confirmation of a medical professional is imperative to pursue a claim.

Reach Out to Mintz Law Firm

If you have questions about making a claim through the NVICP, reach out to Mintz Law Firm. Our vaccine injury legal team will help you recover the damages you deserve. If you’d like to receive a free consultation on your case, contact us today!