Vaccines save lives and prevent disease, and most people who receive vaccines report only mild side effects, if any. But sometimes, in extremely rare situations, vaccines can cause adverse effects requiring serious medical attention. In these cases, the recipient of the vaccine may be entitled to compensation for their injuries under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Below, you’ll see a list of the vaccines covered by the program and some additional criteria for compensation.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created by Congress in 1986 in response to a series of lawsuits against vaccine makers – costly lawsuits that threatened to create shortages in vaccines nationwide. Under this program, compensation is available to you through a federal trust fund.
Vaccine injury cases are filed in the US Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. – they are not local cases. Because of the complicated, specialized nature of these cases, only a select few attorneys in the United States are qualified to pursue vaccine injury compensation on your behalf. At Mintz Law Firm, our vaccine injury compensation team is helmed by an attorney admitted to practice before the Court of Federal Claims Bar – the only forum in which such cases may be brought.
If your doctor has diagnosed you or your child with a condition directly linked to receiving a vaccine, call the personal injury experts at Mintz Law Firm. We will evaluate your case at no cost to you and pursue compensation on your behalf if your situation demands it.
Injuries covered by the program include:
– Guillain-Barre Syndrome
– Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)
– Shoulder-related injury
– Vasovagal syncope
– Vaccine strain-virus
Medical treatment or outcomes necessary to qualify for the program include:
– Surgery requiring a hospital stay, or
– Six (6) months of treatment, or
Vaccines covered by the program include:
– Seasonal influenza (flu)
– Measles, Mumps, and/or Rubella (MM, MMR, MMRV)
– Polio (live or inactivated virus vaccines)
– Hepatitis A
– Hepatitis B
– Haemophilus influenzae type b
– Pneumococcal conjugate
– Human papillomavirus (HPV).
THE NATIONAL VACCINATION INJURY COMPENSATION PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE AUTISM OR DISFIGUREMENT CAUSED BY THE ADMINISTRATION OF A VACCINATION AMONG THE INJURIES OR MEDICAL CONDITIONS FOR WHICH COMPENSATION IS PROVIDED.
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