What is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?

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A vaccine, or immunization, is a biologically prepared substance that improves immunity to prevent specific diseases in humans. Vaccines have, to date, brought seven serious human diseases under control, completely eradicating one. Immunizations are recommended in the U.S. beginning at birth, with up to 26 in the first two years, and continue throughout adulthood.

Although immunizations continue to save millions of lives each year worldwide, they do not guarantee complete protection from illness, and may cause harmful side effects and injury. In the early 1980s, parents began filing lawsuits against vaccine makers and administering medical staff after they reported serious side effects from the diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis (DTP) vaccine. This led some vaccine manufacturers to stop producing them, causing vaccine shortages and threatening public health.

In an effort to ensure a steady supply of vaccines, equalize vaccine costs and institute and sustain a forum for those injured by childhood vaccines, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) in October 1988. The VICP is a federal, no-fault alternative to the standard system of suing vaccine makers and providers in civil court. The VICP is administered jointly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Nearly 3,500 compensation payments have been awarded since 1989.

The VICP has significantly reformed vaccination safety and provided much needed and well-deserved aid to many injured people. Unfortunately, filing a vaccine injury compensation claim can be a complicated and time consuming process. If you are a victim of vaccine injury, you need an experienced vaccine attorney to stand up for you and your rights. You don’t need to continue to suffer under your injuries without compensation. We are here to provide you with our expertise and to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. The VICP pays all of your legal fees, but there are claim requirements to be met. To learn more and to find out if you qualify for vaccine injury compensation claims, call us today toll-free at (877) 978-2445. We stand ready to stand up for you.