Most people receive vaccines, starting at an early age and then throughout their lives, without any complications. Others experience mild side effects such as soreness at the injection site or a low-grade fever. These vaccines are necessary to protect individuals and communities from dangerous diseases.
However, because a very small percentage of people do have serious reactions to vaccines, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was established in 1986. The no-fault VICP process doesn’t find blame for vaccine injuries and allows providers to continue giving vaccines to prevent illnesses without the threat of a lawsuit.
But Who is Eligible to File a Claim?
The VICP only provides compensation to people who meet the following criteria:
- They received one of the vaccines covered by the program.
- They file a claim within three years of the first symptoms of vaccine injury. If the person has died from the injury, their representative must file within two years of the death and within four years of the first symptom of the injury that caused the death.
To find out if you are eligible to receive compensation through the VICP, we have created a short quiz.