National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
Hire a Successful Vaccine Injury Lawyer to Represent You in Your Claim
While vaccines are designed to help Americans avoid serious diseases, in
rare circumstances individuals develop adverse reactions to the immunization
and/or suffer an injury from the vaccination.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was established
to ensure that there is an accessible forum for people injured by these
vaccines. The VICP is a no‑fault alternative to the traditional tort system.
The VICP provides compensation to people found to be injured by certain vaccines.
What vaccines are covered?
The following vaccines are covered by VICP:
- Flu Vaccine (Trivalent influenza vaccine - TIV)
- Chicken Pox Vaccine (Varicella vaccine - VZV)
- Hepatitis A Vaccine (HAV)
- Hepatitis B Vaccine (HBV)
- Tetanus Vaccine (DTaP, DTP, DT, Td, Tdap, TT)
- Pertussis Vaccine - Whooping Cough (DTaP, DTP, Tdap, P, DTP‑Hib)
- Hemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine or any of its components (MMR, MR, M, R)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Gardasil and Cervarix)
- Meningococcal vaccines (MCV4, MPSV4)
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV)
- Rotavirus Vaccine (RV)
- Polio (OPV and IPV)
- Any combination of the vaccines above (Trivalent, Quadrivalent, etc.)
- Additional vaccines may be added in the future
There are three federal government offices involved in VICP procedures:
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- The U.S. Department of Justice
- The U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Court Procedure in VICP Claims
The law requires that claims for vaccine injuries be brought in the U.S.
Court of Federal Claims, Office of the Special Masters instead of against
vaccine manufactures or your health care provider. The Court is located
in Washington D.C. Every vaccine injury claim is heard by a "special
master" who is the Trial Judge and has presiding authority.
The Department of Justice appoints a lawyer to represent the Secretary
of Health and Human Services to defend the case.
We can provide advocacy for the Petitioner. If the Special Master decides
that the injuries were caused by a vaccination, then the Special Master
will decide the amount of compensation the Petitioner is entitled to.
Who is eligible to file a claim?
file a claim if you or your child received a vaccine covered by the VICP, and believe
that you have been injured by this vaccine.
You may file a claim 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.
You may file a claim even if you are not a United States citizen as long
as the vaccine was administered in United States.
How long do I have to file my claim in the VICP after my vaccinations?
With respect to a vaccine‑related injury, the statute of limitations requires
that you file a claim with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims within 3 years
from the onset of first symptoms. In the event of a vaccine‑related death,
a claim must be filed no later than 2 years from the date of death.
What can you receive compensation for?
Under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Act, you can receive compensation for:
- Medical Expenses (Past and Future)
- Pain and Suffering (Past and Future) - Maximum recovery of $250,000.00
- Lost Wages (Past and Future)
- Death cases - Statutory Death Benefit (Maximum Recovery of $250,000.00)
and Pain & Suffering of the Decedent (Maximum Recovery of $250,000.00).
There are No Attorneys' Fees or Costs to You
If you are considering filing a claim, you may hesitate when you think
of the attorney's fees. As a Petitioner, you are not responsible to
pay attorney's fees. There is no cost to you to hire our vaccine injury
law firm. Our firm will pay the cost of litigating your case such as filing
fees, medical records copying fees, expert physician fees, etc. At the
conclusion of your case, our firm will seek reimbursement for litigation
cost and attorney's fees from the Court. The VICP pays reasonable
attorneys' fees and costs separately from any compensation award.
Therefore, as a Petitioner, you do not have to pay any fees or costs.
Vaccine litigation is specialized and complex. You should consult an experienced
attorney to help you recover the monetary compensation you deserve.
If you want more information about this program and about how we can help you,
contact our vaccine injury firm today! We are committed to individualized service. We fight to get results.