If you have been diagnosed with a vaccine-related injury, it will be important to determine if you are entitled to compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP is a federal program that covers financial and non-financial costs associated with vaccine injuries, and you can hire a vaccine injury lawyer to handle your VICP claim at no cost.
While the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program affords vaccine recipients the opportunity to recover compensation without the burdens of filing a traditional lawsuit, not all vaccine recipients qualify. With this in mind, you can answer these five questions to determine if you may be entitled to compensation under the VICP:
Question #1: Have You Been Diagnosed with a Vaccine-Related Injury?
The VICP provides compensation for vaccine-related injuries. This includes injuries triggered by adverse reactions (i.e., Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)) as well as those that result from vaccination errors (i.e., shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA)). While you don’t necessarily need to prove causation, to file a claim, you must have medical records which show that your injury occurred within a certain timeframe following your vaccination.
Question #2: Has It Been Less Than Three Years Since Your First Symptoms?
The statute of limitations for non-fatal vaccine injury claims under the VICP is three years from the first symptom or other manifestation of onset of the vaccine injury. Importantly, even if you still have plenty of time to file, you will still want to begin working on your claim as soon as possible.
Question #3: Has (or Will) Your Injury Last For More Than Six Months?
The VICP covers injuries that meet one or both of two severity requirements. The first of these requirements is that the injury must last for more than six months.
Question #4: Did Your Injury Require Inpatient Hospitalization or Surgical Intervention?
The second severity requirement is that the injury must require inpatient hospitalization or surgical intervention. If an injury requires inpatient hospitalization or surgical intervention, then it is not necessary to prove that the injury has lasted (or will last) for six months or longer.
Question #5: Did You Receive a “Covered Vaccine”?
The VICP only provides compensation to individuals who are diagnosed with injuries resulting from “covered vaccines.” Currently, the VICP’s covered vaccines are those that provide protection against diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), hepatitis A and B, human papillomavirus (HPV), seasonal influenza, measles, mumps, meningococcal, pertussis, pneumococcal, polio, rotavirus, rubella, tetanus, and varicella (chickenpox).
If your answer to all of these questions is “Yes,” (or if your answer to all of these questions except Question #3 or Question #4 is “Yes”), you may be entitled to compensation under the VICP. To learn more, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free consultation.
Do You Have a Claim? Discuss Your Legal Rights with Vaccine Injury Lawyer Leah V. Durant
Would you like to find out if you are eligible to file a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)? If so, contact us to arrange a free consultation with vaccine injury lawyer Leah V. Durant. You can reach us nationwide at 202-800-1711 or send us your contact information online and we will respond promptly.
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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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