For individuals who suffer injuries that are caused directly by vaccines or by errors during the vaccine administration process, there is a special government program that provides compensation without the need to file a traditional tort-based lawsuit against your doctor or the pharmaceutical company. This program is known as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), and it has paid nearly $3 billion to individuals with vaccine-related injuries over the past 30 years.
At the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, we provide no-cost legal representation to clients nationwide who file claims under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. If you have been hurt by a vaccine, here are five steps you can take to prepare for filing a vaccine claim.
1. See Your Doctor
While you may not need to prove that your vaccine caused your injury, you will still need to establish that you suffered your vaccine-related injury within the VICP’s prescribed timeframe (in applicable cases) in order to be eligible for compensation. As a result, if you are experiencing the symptoms of a vaccine-related injury, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. Be sure to tell him or her about your recent immunization.
2. Collect Your Medical Records
Move forward with collecting your medical records related to the vaccination. Make sure to obtain copies of any related lab results, tests or scans at the doctor’s office, and maintain copies of any receipts, statements of benefits and other treatment-related documentation.
3. Learn About the VICP
As someone who has suffered a vaccine-related injury, it is a good idea to learn the ins and outs of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program even if you are planning to hire a vaccine lawyer to file your VICP claim (which we strongly recommend). Our website includes numerous articles with information about the VICP, including:
- FAQs – What is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?
- Can I Be Compensated for My Vaccine-Related Injury
- Understanding the Vaccine Injury Table and Your Right to Financial Compensation
- How to Obtain Compensation Under the VICP When Your Injury Is Not Listed on the Vaccine Injury Table
4. Understand the Full Extent of Your Losses
Under the VICP, individuals who suffer vaccine-related injuries can recover more than just their medical expenses. To make sure you are seeking maximum compensation for your vaccine injury, it is important to understand the full extent of your physical, financial, and emotional harm. Under the VICP, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Lost future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering (subject to a cap of $250,000)
In addition, while you would also incur legal costs and fees in a typical personal injury claim, the VICP will pay the cost of attorneys’ fees and legal costs separately from your award of compensation.
5. Hire an Experienced Vaccine Lawyer
To protect your rights and ensure that you are seeking maximum compensation, the best thing you can do is to hire an attorney as soon as possible. Under the VICP, injured parties are entitled to legal representation at no financial cost to them, and an experienced vaccine attorney will be able to help you take all of the steps necessary in order to file a successful claim.
At the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC we provide nationwide legal representation for individuals with vaccine injuries. To learn more about filing a claim under the VICP, please contact us today.
Contact the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC Nationwide Vaccine Lawyer
The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC is a national law firm located in Washington D.C. Our experienced vaccine lawyer has successfully represented individuals across the country in claims under the VICP. If you have suffered an injury that you believe may be vaccine-related, call (202) 800-1711 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation now.