Vaccines today are widely considered safe, and most medical professionals recommend them to their patients. There have been, however, significant complications associated with these injections. To protect the vaccine injury victims, the providers of the immunizations, and the general public, the federal government operates a program that provides money for the injured. Through the national Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), those who have suffered and can prove a vaccine injury can obtain compensation.
Proving Your Vaccine Injury to the Compensation Program
The first step to obtaining compensation is to show that a vaccine injury exists. The VICP offers a table of the most common vaccines and the injuries associated with them that can be compensated. Victims must show:
- They received one of the vaccines listed in the table.
- The symptoms of the injury occurred within the stated timeframe.
- The vaccine caused the injury, or the vaccine caused an existing condition to worsen significantly.
The table offers guidelines for both the types of vaccines which are eligible and the timeframe for the onset of symptoms. For example, anaphylaxis after an MMR vaccine must have occurred within four hours to be compensable. Additionally, it is possible to obtain compensation for an injury or vaccine not listed in the table, though the victim in those cases must prove that the vaccine caused the injury.
Medical Records and Other Evidence Are Necessary to Prove Your Claim
To show that the vaccination is responsible for the illness or condition, the victim must provide a number of documents and other proof. This can include:
- Medical records.
- Vaccination records.
- Test results.
- Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) form, if filed.
- School records.
- Psychological testing records.
- Testimony of doctors or other expert witnesses.
Compensation is Available to Provide for Vaccine Injury Victims
While the pain of a vaccine complication cannot be undone, compensation can be obtained to help ease the burden for a victim and his family into the future. For a vaccine injury, it is possible to receive compensation for:
- Medical bills (both past and future).
- Custodial care.
- Lost wages.
- Attorney’s fees.
- Pain and suffering.
In the cases in which the vaccine resulted in a person’s death, surviving family members may be able to file a claim to obtain:
- Attorney’s fees
- Up to $250,000 death benefit for the estate of the deceased
If you or someone you love has suffered a vaccine injury, you do not have to bear the burden alone. Your dedicated efforts to protect your health should not be punished. The experienced lawyers at Shannon Law Group, P.C., may be able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us today to learn more and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.