Human beings always seem to be fighting against some type of disease, which is exactly why vaccines are such an important part of staying healthy. Over the years, vaccines have saved millions of lives.
The administration of a vaccine is rather routine these days, but like everything involving medicine, mishaps do occur. And if you or a loved one has been injured by a vaccine, we cannot stress enough how essential it is that you act right away. If you don’t, you could end up missing your chance at getting compensation for your injuries.
If you believe you or a loved one has experienced a vaccine injury, you can check the Vaccine Injury Table to determine whether the vaccine is covered. Then, immediately reach out to an attorney with the right credentials to help you along.
Three Severity Requirements
A vaccine injury claim can be filed based on these three severity requirements: 1) the effects of the injury have required at least six months or medical treatment, 2) the injury resulted in inpatient hospitalization, or 3) the injury resulted in death. If any of these have occurred, you must file a claim right away to get the process moving and ensure that you’re properly compensated.
Short Time Frame for a Claim
The unfortunate reality is that there is a very short time frame for making a vaccine injury claim. The statute of limitations for such a claim is only three years in most cases. While that may seem like a long time, it can pass very quickly and you may lose your window of opportunity. That’s why it’s always best to consult an attorney and start the claim process right away.
Shorter Time Frame for Claims Involving Death
If you are making a vaccine injury claim based on the death of a loved one, then you have an even shorter time frame to get it filed. The statute of limitations in this situation is, generally, only two years from the date of death. This can sometimes present a problem because taking care of this kind of business after a loved one’s death is often very hard for people. But, in these cases, it is especially important for you not to waste any time.
Federal Law, Not State Law
One important aspect to remember is that the statute of limitations for making a vaccine injury claim are governed by federal law, not state law. This is an important distinction to understand because it means that no matter which state you live in, you must adhere to the strict dates set forth by the federal government if you wish to get proper compensation.
Get Your Life Back on Track
Not only do you need to consider the legal ramifications of not filing a claim in a timely manner, there are also physical, emotional, and mental considerations to be made as well. When you or a loved one has experienced a vaccine injury, the money that you receive from a claim can help you get your life back in order more quickly.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the administration of a vaccine, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Mintz Law Firm. We will ensure that everything is handled in a timely and thorough manner. Please call us right away for a free evaluation of your case.