Petitions for compensation in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (“Vaccine Court”) have drastically increased over the past several years. The reason for this is likely due to an increased awareness of adverse reactions to vaccinations, in addition to the awareness of the Vaccine Court. According to the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines, an average of 410 petitions were filed per year in the Vaccine Court from 2008-2012. This number increased to 504 in 2013, and raised to well over 1,000 in 2016 and 2017. Over the first several months of fiscal year 2018, there had already been 339 petitions filed. While we see an increased number of petitions filed in the Vaccine Court, this does mean every petition will result in compensation, nor does everyone who suffers an adverse reaction file a petition. Look at the chart below to see the rise in petitions.
Are you eligible to file a claim in the Vaccine Court?
If you think that a vaccine is responsible for an injury and/or if your doctor has been unable to explain the cause of injuries after you or a loved one have received a vaccination, then please feel free to contact us for a no cost, no obligation consultation. If there is a claim, we will represent you and there will be no financial risk to you, as all attorney’s fees are covered by the Vaccine Court. Keep in mind, that the statute of limitations is very strict in the Vaccine Court, so it is best to protect your rights by contacting us as soon as possible.
In 1986 the Vaccine Court, or properly known as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, was established to help compensate vaccine recipients and their families who have been severely injured as a result of adverse effects from certain vaccines. Should an individual believe that they, or their child, have been injured as a result of a vaccine, they are able to petition the Vaccine Court, through the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, to seek compensation. From their petition and evidence, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reviews the case and makes a preliminary recommendation, and then passes it on to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for further medical and legal analysis. The DOJ then submits a report of their findings to the court-appointed “Special Master,” who serves as a judge and issues a judgment for compensation or dismissal. With the assumption that compensation has been granted, the Court orders the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to award compensation to the petitioner.
If you or somebody you love has been injured following vaccination, Krueger and Hernandez SC can help you determine if you qualify for compensation. Please contact us to discuss your vaccine injury and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program at no cost. All costs and fees are covered by VICP, therefore there is no financial risk in pursuing a Vaccine Injury Compensation Claim. You can contact our Vaccine Lawyers by calling 608-824-9540/608-356-3961 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. At Krueger & Hernandez SC, we listen, we care, we get results!