The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)

In 1986, Congress developed The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to award payment to individuals or estates who have suffered injuries due to a vaccination.

Who runs the program?

The VICP runs through the collaborative efforts of the following federal agencies:

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Justice

What does the program pay for?

The VICP receives its operating money through a $.75 tax on all routine vaccinations for children. It uses this money in order to:

  • Compensate individuals suffering from vaccine-related injuries
  • Keep vaccine prices reasonable
  • Pay for vaccinations to care for the U.S. population
  • Support a forum for victims of vaccine injuries

Who can petition the VICP?

Anyone, regardless of age, can petition the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Adults, children, and legal representatives across all 50 states and U.S. territories can file a claim if a link between the vaccination and the alleged injury is made in good faith.

What’s the process for petitioning?

If you or a loved one has suffered a vaccine-related injury, contact our team today. At no cost to you, we can help you navigate the following steps:

Step 1: First, a petition is filed with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Office of Special Masters, and a special master is assigned to the matter.

Step 2: Next, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) within U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assesses whether the petition satisfies compensation requirements. The VICP then makes a preliminary recommendation regarding compensation.

Step 3: A U.S. Department of Justice attorney collects medical recommendations, legal analysis, and other documents into a report filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Step 4: The special master reviews the submissions from both sides. If both parties cannot reach a settlement, the special master schedules a hearing to determine if the petitioner is entitled to compensation. At this point, both parties will have a chance to argue their case with witnesses and experts offering testimony.

Step 5: If the special master rules in favor of the petitioner, or the parties reach a settlement, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will compensate the petitioner.

Step 6: Regardless of the outcome, we will file a petition requesting that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pay for all legal fees and expenses.

What legal fees will you owe?

Absolutely nothing. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) pays your legal costs and lawyer fees out of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund. Even if you don’t reach a settlement, or the special master doesn’t rule in your favor, the VICP covers your expenses if your claim meets minimum requirements.

Does this apply to you? Contact us today to learn more.