In order to file a successful claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), it is necessary to submit all required information and comply with the filing requirements established by the Vaccine Court. Among all claims filed with the VICP, the largest portion of unsuccessful claims by far are denied due to basic mistakes such as failing to specify the vaccine that caused the claimant’s injury.
Since the VICP’s establishment in 1989, of the 5,425 claims filed for an unspecified vaccine, just nine have resulted in awards of financial compensation. These types of mistakes can be avoided with legal representation, and you can hire an attorney for your VICP claim at little or no out-of-pocket cost to you.
Gathering the Information Required
for a Successful VICP Claim
When you hire an experienced vaccine injury lawyer to represent you, he or she should work closely with you to gather all of the information required in order to pursue a successful claim. This includes (but is not necessarily limited to):
- Personal Information – This includes your name, date of birth, address and contact information.
- The Vaccine You Received – The VICP only applies to certain vaccines recommended for the routine administration in children.
- The Date of Your Vaccination – The date of your vaccination is important to determining whether you are still within the statute of limitations; and, for certain types of injuries, whether you need to specifically prove that your injury is vaccine-related.
- The Provider and Location of Your Vaccination – Your Petition for Vaccine Compensation must identify the provider who administered your vaccination as well as the location where you were vaccinated.
- Your Relevant Medical History – In order to be eligible for compensation, you must be able to represent that you were not suffering from your injury or illness at the time of your vaccination.
- The Date You First Experienced Symptoms (and What Those Symptoms Were) – For certain types of injuries, the date of onset of symptoms will determine what evidence you need in order to prove your claim for compensation.
- Your Vaccine Injury Diagnosis – Securing financial compensation under the VICP requires a formal medical diagnosis.
- Your Medical Records – Your medical records should establish your diagnosis and provide insight into the ongoing and costs and effects of your vaccine injury.
- Your Medical Bills – If your claim is successful, you will be entitled to reimbursement of all medical expenses you have incurred related to your vaccine injury. You will need copies of your medical bills to prove these costs.
- Your Relevant Employment Records – If you miss time from work due to your injury, you will need to obtain formal documentation from your employer in order to recover your lost income.
- The Ongoing Effects of Your Vaccine Injury or Illness – The VICP also pays compensation for future medical expenses, future loss of income, and ongoing pain and suffering. You will need to work with your attorney to adequately prove these future losses.
Discuss Your VICP Claim with Vaccine Injury Lawyer Leah V. Durant
If you have been diagnosed with a vaccine-related injury or illness and would like more information about filing a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), you can call 202-800-1711 or contact us online for a free initial consultation. Vaccine injury lawyer Leah V. Durant provides no-cost legal representation for VICP claims nationwide.
Leah Durant Bio
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.