Vaccines have been in the news a lot in recent years, in large part because people are scrambling to figure out the best ways in which to protect themselves from nasty viruses. When someone is unfortunate enough to catch a virus, the results can often vary from feeling uneasy throughout the day to being bedridden and unable to work for an extended period of time. And, in some cases, certain viruses can cause debilitating problems or even death when left untreated or when someone’s immune system cannot sufficiently protect his or her body.
The Importance of Vaccines
Getting vaccinated against communicable diseases has become a necessity these days, especially with the number of people that most of us come into contact with on a regular basis. We have no idea if someone who we come into contact with might be suffering from a virus they’ve contracted – and they might not even know it yet, either! Most of the time, these vaccines are completely safe, which is evident from the many millions of people who receive them without any ill effects every single year. But, accidents and unforeseen injuries do happen, of course, so it’s important that you know what to do when something goes wrong.
Check the Vaccine Injury Table
As you might expect, injuries caused by vaccines can differ from person to person. One person may experience a shoulder injury related to the administration of the vaccine while someone else could develop anaphylaxis as a result of the vaccine itself. To make things easy, our firm has posted a list of the specific vaccines for which claims are considered.
Contact an Attorney
The next step you need to take for compensation is to contact an attorney who is well-versed in the area of vaccine injury. Having an attorney on your side can help determine the extent of your damages and the evidence necessary to ensure a fair compensation. Also, in the event that you are experiencing problems that don’t appear on the chart, an attorney will help determine whether or not you would still have a case based on your symptoms and any issues you’ve had.
The Role of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
If you’ve never heard of this program, don’t worry – most people haven’t until they need it! The VICP provides compensation to anyone who has experienced an injury from a covered vaccine on their list. This includes the majority of vaccines that are routinely administered in the United States. Whether or not an injury is covered is something that our firm will help you determine during a case evaluation. If our attorneys think that you have a good claim for compensation under the program, then they will file your petition and present your claim for damages to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Ultimately, a trial before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims may be necessary to determine whether you are entitled to compensation and in what amount.
If you believe that you’ve been injured by a vaccine, the professionals at Mintz Law Firm can help. Our attorneys know the steps needed to ensure that you are treated fairly and compensated for your injuries. Reach out to us today and we’ll provide you with a free case evaluation.