For individuals diagnosed with vaccine-related injuries, recovering financial compensation typically involves filing a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). While the VICP is a federal government program, and while filing a VICP claim is much less complicated than filing a traditional personal injury lawsuit, there are still several steps you (and your vaccine lawyer) will need to take in order to recover just compensation.
One of the first steps in the process of filing a VICP claim is collecting the records you will need to prove your right to payment. The records you will need to file with your VICP claim include:
In order to seek compensation under the VICP, you need a record of the vaccination that caused your injury. Your vaccination record will be necessary to prove:
- That you received a “covered vaccine”; and,
- The length of time between your vaccination and your first symptoms.
Both of these are crucial to filing a successful VICP claim. If you cannot prove that you received a covered vaccine, or if you cannot prove that your symptoms began within the timeframe prescribed by the VICP, you won’t be able to recover financial compensation for your vaccine injury.
Your medical records are necessary to prove both your diagnosis and the healthcare costs you are entitled to recover. You will need your records from your first visit and all of your subsequent appointments. If you aren’t sure whether you have all of your medical records, you can contact your healthcare provider, or you can ask your vaccine lawyer to contact your provider on your behalf.
Bills and Receipts
In addition to your medical records, you will also need your bills and receipts for all services rendered. You will need bills and receipts for any other out-of-pocket costs you have incurred as a result of your vaccine injury as well.
If you have missed work as a result of your vaccine injury, or if you will miss work in the future as a result of your vaccine injury, you can recover compensation for your lost earnings under the VICP. Your employer should be able to provide documentation of any days you have missed from work as well as documentation of your current wage or salary.
Documentation of Your Pain and Suffering
Under the VICP, eligible claimants can receive up to $250,000 for their pain and suffering. In order to seek this compensation, you will need evidence of all of the ways in which your vaccine injury has negatively impacted your life. Keeping a daily journal is a good way to document your injury’s effects, and a vaccine lawyer can recommend additional ways to document your pain and suffering in a way that will assist with your VICP claim.
Discuss Your VICP Claim with Vaccine Lawyer Leah V. Durant
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a vaccine-related injury, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation about filing a claim under the VICP. To speak with vaccine lawyer Leah V. Durant in confidence, call us at 202-800-1711 or tell us how we can 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.