The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is a federal program that helps financially compensate people who have suffered vaccine injuries. The program differs from a tort lawsuit because it is on a no-fault basis and doesn’t require the plaintiff to prove negligence.
If you want to file with the VICP, you will need to meet certain qualifications. One of the qualifications is that the vaccine that injured you be on the list of vaccines the program covers.
According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, the VICP will cover the following vaccines:
- pertussis (DTP, DTaP, Tdap, DT, TT, or Td);
- measles, mumps, rubella (MMR or any components);
- polio (OPV or IPV);
- hepatitis A (HAV);
- hepatitis B (HBV);
- haemophilus influenza type b (Hib);
- varicella (VZV);
- rotavirus (RV);
- pneumococcal conjugate (PCV);
- trivalent influenza (TIV, LAIV);
- human papillomavirus (HPV); and
- meningococcal (MCV4, MPSV4).
It’s important to file your claim within three years of a vaccine injury or two years of a vaccine-related death. There are other guidelines that may apply to some cases, so you should speak with an attorney to help your determine the best time to file.
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Illnesses resulting from vaccinations can come as a shock to any family and can turn their world upside down. The emotional pain, loss of income and debt are effects no one should have to face alone.
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