Children and adults are safely vaccinated every day against illnesses. Most people who get vaccinations have no serious problems. However, vaccines, like any medicines, can occasionally cause serious problems.
Congress set up a no-fault program to compensate those persons injured by receiving vaccines. It’s called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Claims are filed with the United States Court of Federal Claims where they are reviewed and decided by Special Masters appointed by the Court. Attorneys Kathleen Loucks and Sheila Bjorklund are licensed to handle your claims in this court. Certain conditions have been linked to specific types of vaccinations.
Areas of expertise:
- Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock
- Brachial neuritis
- Encephalopathy or encephalitis
- Chronic arthritis
- Chronic immune demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
- Acute demyelinating encephalopathic myopathy (ADEM)
- Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)
- Other demyelinating central nervous system disorders or peripheral nervous system disorders
Who May Bring a Claim?
Any person who has sustained a vaccine injury, the legal representative of such person if the person is disabled or a minor, or the legal representative of any person who died as the result of the administration of a covered vaccine may bring a claim. To be eligible to file a claim, the effects of the person’s injury must have
- Lasted for more than six months; or
- Resulted in a hospital stay or surgery; or
- Resulted in death.
Claims for compensation under the Program must be brought within 36 months of the date of the first symptom of injury, or the manifestation of onset of injury, or of the significant aggravation of a prior condition because of receiving a covered vaccine.
Which vaccines are covered?
The following vaccines are covered in the program:
- Tetanus toxoid-containing vaccines
- Pertussis antigen-containing vaccines
- Measles, mumps and rubella virus-containing vaccines
- Polio live virus-containing vaccines
- Hepatitis B antigen-containing vaccines
- Hemophilus influenzae
- Varicella vaccine (Varivax chickenpox virus vaccine)
- Rotavirus vaccine
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines
- Hepatitis A vaccines
- Trivalent influenza vaccines (Flu vaccines)
- Meningococcal vaccines
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines
A complete listing of vaccines covered by the Act can be found at www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/vaccinetable.html