For individuals diagnosed with vaccine injuries, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides a source of financial recovery. The VICP provides compensation on a “no fault” basis (meaning that you do not need to prove that a health care provider or pharmaceutical company is to blame for your vaccine injury), and it pays claimants’ legal fees separately from their awards. Here, vaccine attorney Leah V. Durant discusses five mistakes to avoid if you want to seek compensation under the VICP.
While seeking medical attention is important for your health, it is also important for pursuing a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. In order to file a successful claim, you will need your medical records to reflect that you experienced symptoms within the time period specified by the VICP’s Vaccine Injury Table. If you wait too long to see a doctor, it could be difficult to prove your legal rights under the VICP.
Similarly, following your doctor’s advice is important for protecting your health and your ability to secure compensation for your injury-related medical expenses. If your condition worsens because you ignored your doctor’s treatment recommendations, you might not be able to secure coverage for your medical expenses under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
When deciding whether to file a VICP claim, it is important to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the costs of your vaccine injury. These costs tend to be greater than most people realize, and the VICP provides compensation for eligible claimants’ current and future medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
As a vaccine recipient, you have the option of filing a VICP claim on your own. However, you do not have to file your claim on your own, and you can hire an attorney at no cost. Filing a VICP claim is complicated – and you only get one shot – so it is strongly in your best interests to hire an experienced vaccine attorney to represent you.
Just as you should not wait to seek medical attention, you also should not wait to seek legal advice. If you have a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, you will want to get started on your claim promptly. Not only will this ensure that you preserve your vaccine injury claim, but it will also give you the opportunity to receive compensation as soon as possible.
Are you entitled to compensation under the VICP? To find out, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC. Call 202-800-1711 or contact us online to arrange your consultation today.
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.