As a parent, it can be difficult to know when pain after a flu shot is normal and when it is a sign of a potentially-serious vaccine injury. Once your child is diagnosed with a vaccine injury, it can also be difficult to know what you should do next. With this in mind, this article provides an overview of some important information for parents about flu shot injury claims under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
What is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)?
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal program that Congress created as a source of financial recovery for individuals and families affected by vaccine injuries. Instead of filing lawsuits against the pharmaceutical companies and their children’s vaccine providers, parents can file claims with the federal government—and they don’t need proof of fault in order to do so.
This “no-fault” compensation is one of the hallmarks of the VICP. But, filing a successful claim can still prove challenging (only 41 percent of claims are successful), and it is up to parents to make sure they are seeking the full financial compensation their families deserve.
What Can Parents File Claims Under the VICP for Flu Shot Injuries?
Parents can file claims under the VICP provided that their children’s injuries meet the program’s eligibility criteria. Flu vaccine injuries covered under the VICP include (but are not necessarily limited to):
- Shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA)
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
- Vasovagal Syncope
In addition to an eligible injury, the other main requirement for VICP eligibility is filing on time. In order to receive financial compensation for their children’s flu shot injuries, parents must file their claims within the relevant statute of limitations.
Why Is It Important to File a VICP Claim if Your Child Experiences a Flu Shot Injury?
Filing a VICP claim after your child experiences a flu shot injury is important because it provides your family with the financial resources needed to cope with your child’s condition. It is no secret that medical care in the United States is incredibly expensive, and vaccine-related injuries can lead to other financial and non-financial costs as well.
How Can Parents File a VICP Claim for a Flu Shot Injury?
While parents can file VICP claims on their own, they can also hire a lawyer to file their claim at no cost. Given the unique nature of the VICP and the challenges involved in filing a successful claim, we strongly recommend that parents seek experienced legal representation.
Was Your Child Diagnosed with a Vaccine Injury Following Pain After a Flu Shot?
If your child has been diagnosed with a vaccine injury after receiving a flu shot, we can help you understand your family’s legal rights. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, please call 202-800-1711 or request an appointment online. We represent individuals and families in VICP claims nationwide.
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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.