Vaccine Injury Claims Process

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was created in 1986 to compensate people who have been injured by certain vaccines. Managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the VICP also protects healthcare workers against lawsuits and ensures continued vaccine use. This program is funded by a $0.75 tax on each dose of a covered vaccine.

To receive compensation, you must file a vaccine injury claim through the United States Court of Federal Claims. You don’t need an attorney to pursue a claim with the VICP, but our vaccine injury lawyers can do it for you at no cost. It’s important to begin the process early, since there are certain eligibility requirements. For example:

  • You must file a claim within three years after symptoms begin.
  • Symptoms must have lasted at least six months after the vaccination, or resulted in a hospital stay and surgery.

If you are responsible for the estate of someone who died from a vaccine injury, you can pursue a claim for that person. You must file within two years of the death and four years after the symptoms that resulted in death began.

Vaccine Injury Compensation

Depending on your specific vaccine injury, you may receive compensation for losses that haven’t been paid through your health insurance, such as:

  • Past and future lost earnings
  • Past and future medical and rehabilitation expenses
  • Past and future pain and suffering

The highest compensation for pain and suffering is $250,000.00. We do everything we can to maximize your potential compensation. Learn more about our case results.

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What to Expect When You Work With Us

When you work with Sands Anderson, you’ll have talented, experienced vaccine injury attorneys on your side—from start to finish. The VICP pays our fees, so you won’t get a bill from us and we don’t take any part of the compensation you may receive.

Our partnership with you usually starts with an initial consultation. No matter where you are in the U.S., you can call us at 800.296.1636 to begin the conversation. You can also email us or chat with us.

We’ll ask about your vaccine injury and help you understand the claims process. If you’re eligible for a claim, we’ll proceed to:

1. Build your case.

We’ll ask for your medical records and information about every doctor visit, surgery or other treatment related to your vaccine injury. We may hire experts—at our expense—to help with your case. This process could take several months.

2. File the petition.

A petition is a formal, written request to the court for a ruling. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will review it to determine if it meets the criteria for compensation. A special master who is appointed to your case will decide if you should be compensated, and the amount you will receive.

3. Defend your claim in a trial, if necessary.

If your claim is challenged, and we can’t reach an agreement, we will defend it in a formal trial. Whenever possible, the trial will be in a federal courthouse near you, so you won’t need to travel. We may ask experts to testify on your behalf, at our expense.

4. Get your compensation as soon as possible.

If your claim is settled without a trial, it could take between one and two years from start to finish. If we go to trial, it could take three to four years or longer. We take every available step to get you what you deserve, as quickly as possible.

5. Charge you nothing for our services.

We pay to file the petition and also prepare your claim. The VICP covers our fees. These costs do not come out of any award you may receive. If you incur costs, such as for copying your medical records, keep your receipts and you will be reimbursed.

Why Hire an Attorney for Your Vaccine Injury Claim

The VICP claims process can be complicated. With Sands Anderson at your side, you get expert vaccine injury attorneys who help you every step of the way, at no cost to you.

Our vaccine injury lawyers understand the process, and your medical condition. We offer personal attention and the expertise you need for the best possible compensation.

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