Despite its importance and the fact that it has paid more than $3.9 billion to vaccine recipients since 1989, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) remains relatively unknown. For individuals and families who have been affected by vaccine-related injuries and illnesses, the VICP provides a critical source of financial recovery; and, while some VICP claims can take a year or longer, many successful claimants receive compensation sooner than that.
In order to educate the public about the benefits offered by the VICP and the requirements for filing a successful claim, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has published English and Spanish guides to filing VICP claims. These guides are available for download on the HRSA’s website:
5 Highlights from the HRSA’s Guide to Filing VICP Claims
The HRSA’s guides provide a significant amount of useful information for individuals who have questions about their legal rights under the VICP. Here are some of the highlights:
1. How Does the VICP Work?
In this section (on page 4 of the English version and page 2 of the Spanish version), you will find the information you must submit with your claim, the filing fee and where you need to file your petition. Additional information about the claims process can be found later in the guide under the heading, “What is the process for filing a claim?”
2. Who May File a Claim?
In this section (beginning on page 4 of the English version and page 3 of the Spanish version), the HRSA lists the five categories of individuals who are eligible to file VICP claims. This section also covers the general threshold eligibility requirements for all claimants.
3. What Medical Records and Other Documents are Required?
In order to recover financial compensation under the VICP, you must be able to prove that you have been diagnosed with a covered vaccine-related injury or illness. In this section (beginning on page 5 of the English version and page 3 of the Spanish version), the HRSA outlines the various types of medical records that can be used to prove a claim for compensation.
4. What are the Deadlines to File a Claim?
The filing deadlines for VICP claims are explained on page 7 of the English version of the guide and page 6 of the Spanish version.
5. What Must be Proven in Order to be Paid?
In this section (on page 8 of the English version and page 7 of the Spanish version), the HRSA outlines the four basic elements that must be proven in order to secure financial compensation under the VICP.
For more information about filing a VICP claim (and to learn why most VICP claimants hire a vaccine injury lawyer), you can read: Should You File a Claim Under the VICP?
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