February 12th, 2015|
Each year, millions of Americans receive routine vaccinations from their local doctor, hospital, or pharmacy. Vaccines are commonly used to prevent illnesses such as influenza, human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella. While these and other vaccines are an important part of maintaining good health, there is a serious risk associated with them. Severe injuries and side effects may result, including the following:
- Anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock
- Chronic arthritis
- Encephalopathy or encephalitis
- Brachial neuritis
- Thrombocytopenic purpura
- Auto-immune disorders
- Wrongful death
Most Americans are unaware that compensation is available for individuals who have suffered serious injuries or complications as a direct result of a vaccine. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal program which was established by Congress in 1988 to compensate individuals harmed by vaccines. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is funded by a 75 cent fee that is charged with each and every vaccine that is given in the United States. Compensation awards have been made to approximately 4,000 claimants since the VICP was established in 1988, and more than $2.8 billion in compensation has been paid out.
Filing and pursuing a claim with the VICP can be a complex and difficult process. All claims must be filed with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., by a specific deadline set by the program. This court reviews all claims and determines which claimants will be compensated. If a claim is not filed according to the VICP’s strict guidelines, the claim may be lost forever.
The attorneys at Cory Watson, P.C., are skilled in handling such claims and are available to review your potential claim today.