Here are Five Reasons to Hire a Lawyer if You Have Been Diagnosed with a Vaccine Injury
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal government program that provides compensation to individuals who have been diagnosed with qualifying vaccine-related illnesses and injuries. However, receiving compensation under the VICP is not as simple as filing an application and waiting for a check to arrive. Filing a VICP claim is a litigious process, and you need to prove both your right to a recovery and the amount you are entitled to recover. For this reason, it is extremely important to hire an experienced vaccine lawyer to file your VICP claim.
Here are five additional reasons to hire a lawyer if you have been diagnosed with a vaccine-related injury or illness and are thinking about filing a claim under the VICP:
Reason #1: Seeking Compensation Under the VICP Involves Filing a Petition with the Vaccine Court
Filing a VICP claim involves filing a petition with the Vaccine Court in Washington D.C. While many VICP claims settle (more on this below), you will need to be prepared to argue your case before one of the Vaccine Court’s Special Masters if necessary.
Reason #2: When You File a Claim, the VICP is Represented by Lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
Regardless of whether you hire a lawyer, the VICP will be represented by lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). These lawyers defend against VICP claims on a regular basis, and their job is to ensure that the VICP does not pay compensation to anyone who is ineligible.
Reason #3: You Need to Accurately Calculate Your Eligible Current and Future Losses
The VICP pays compensation for eligible claimants’ medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. However, it is up to you to seek an appropriate amount for your current and future losses, and you will need to hire a lawyer to help you determine how much you are entitled to recover.
Reason #4: You Need to Make an Informed Decision about When (and Whether) to Settle Your Claim
Many VICP claims are resolved via settlement. However, in order to secure a settlement, you will need a lawyer who can negotiate with the DOJ’s lawyers effectively on your behalf. Additionally, in order to decide whether you should accept a settlement, you will need to rely on the advice of an attorney who has years of experience handling VICP claims.
Reason #5: It Costs Nothing to Hire a Lawyer to Represent You
Finally, it costs nothing to hire a lawyer to represent you. Your initial consultation is free; and, if you decide to hire a lawyer, the VICP will pay your lawyer’s fees separately from your compensation award.
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Leah V. Durant is a national vaccine lawyer who has been representing individuals and families in VICP claims since 2008. If you would like to speak with Leah about filing a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, you can call 202-800-1711 or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation.
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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.
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