For individuals diagnosed with shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA), Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), and other injuries and illnesses following vaccine injections, filing a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) can be an important part of the recovery process. Under the VICP, individuals diagnosed with vaccine-related injuries and illnesses can recover compensation for their medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering, and these losses can often reach into the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If you are like most people diagnosed with an injury or illness following a vaccination, you probably have lots of questions, including: “How much does it cost to file a VICP claim?” The simple answer is, “Not nearly as much as most people think.” Here’s what you need to know:
Costs Involved in Filing a Claim with the VICP
1. Filing Fees with the Vaccine Court
The fee to file a claim with the Vaccine Court is $400.00, and certain filings during the case are subject to a fee of $47.00. The Vaccine Court charges various additional fees as well (such as for paper and electronic copies of case documents), but these are all fairly minimal. Your law firm may advance these costs for you, in which case they will be deducted from your award if your case is successful.
2. Legal Fees
When you hire an attorney to handle your VICP claim, the VICP pays your attorney’s fees separately from your award of financial compensation. As a result, you should not incur any legal fees directly, and your attorney’s fees will not be deducted from your award like they would with a traditional “contingency fee” arrangement for a personal injury claim.
3. Other Claim-Related Expenses
Depending upon the steps required to resolve your case (i.e. if your attorney needs to argue your case in front of the Vaccine Court), there may be other claim-related expenses as well (such as travel and printing costs). Similar to filing fees, these costs may be deducted from your award of financial compensation instead of being billed immediately so that you do not have to pay anything out of pocket to pursue your claim.
4. Medical Bills
As you pursue your VICP claim, it is important to continue to follow your doctor’s advice. If your claim is successful, your compensation award should cover your outstanding medical bills as well as your future medical expenses. If you cannot afford to pay your medical bills while your claim is pending, there are options available so that you can continue to seek treatment.
5. Time Missed from Work
If you miss work to go to the doctor’s office, to meet with your lawyer or because you are in pain, your VICP award should include compensation for your loss of income as well.
Speak with National Vaccine Injury Lawyer Leah V. Durant
At the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, we provide no-cost legal representation for individuals diagnosed with vaccine-related injuries and illnesses nationwide. We can also help you deal with your medical bills while your claim is pending, and we can use our experience to accurately calculate your future medical expenses, loss of income and other losses. To learn more in a free and confidential consultation, please call 202-800-1711 or tell us how to reach you online today.
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Experienced litigation attorney Leah Durant focuses on representing clients in complex vaccine litigation matters. Leah Durant is the owner and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, a litigation firm based in Washington, DC. Leah Durant and her staff represent clients and their families who suffer from vaccine-related injuries, adverse vaccine reactions and vaccine-related deaths. The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC is dedicated to assisting individuals in recovering the highest level of compensation as quickly and efficiently as possible. To learn more, contact vaccine attorney Leah Durant today.