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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP)? +
In 1988, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program went into effect, and the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund began to provide funding to individuals who have been injured by vaccines by collecting excise taxes of $.75 from each dose of vaccine sold.
How do you file a vaccine injury claim? +
You may file a claim if the injury lasted longer that six months after the vaccination occurred, or resulted in surgery or hospital stay. The vaccine must also be covered by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Working with a vaccine injury lawyer is not a requirement (unless the victim is not of legal adult age, or is incapable of representing themselves), however, since the process is often very difficult, involving complicated medical and legal issues, it is strongly advised to work directly with an attorney. All legal costs and fees are paid by the program.
Do I need a lawyer? +
There is no requirement to work with a vaccination injury attorney when filing with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (unless the victim is not of legal adult age, or is incapable of representing themselves). However, the program can be very complex to navigate, legally complicated, and you risk the chance of not getting the maximum compensation you need. Our lawyers can do all the work on your behalf, and are experienced in getting the maximum compensation for our clients nationwide. You pay NO FEES to our law firm because the NVICP pays all costs and fees. This means you pay nothing for our experience, knowledge, and dedication to getting you the compensation for your injuries that you deserve.
What does it cost for legal representation from your law firm? +
Our law firm charges you nothing. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program compensates reasonable attorneys’ costs and fees separately from any compensation award. This means that you pay NO FEES to work with an experienced vaccine injury lawyer.
Does my attorney need to be local? +
It is not necessary to file with a law firm in your state since this is a Federal program that is handled with the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. What is important is that you work with a law firm that has experience in working through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, so you can get the best possible outcome. Our lawyers are located in California and represent clients throughout all 50 states nationwide.
What are the deadlines to file a vaccine injury claim with the NVICP? +
There is a time limit to file, which is three years after the first symptom of the vaccine injury, or within two years of death and four years after the beginning of the first symptom that resulted in death. If you or a loved one have been injured from a vaccination, you can work directly with a vaccine injury lawyer who can help you navigate the complex program so you can maximize your compensation in a timely manner. The attorneys at the Law Firm of Marvin Firestone, MD•JD, & Associates, LLP offer free consultation and representation (legal fees are paid by the NVICP). Read More
What vaccines are covered by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program? +
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccines (“MMR”); Rotavirus vaccines; Polio vaccines; Meningococcal vaccines; Hepatitis A vaccines; Hepatitis B vaccines; Seasonal influenza vaccines; Varicella vaccines (“Chicken Pox”); Pertussis vaccines (“Whooping Cough”); Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccines (“Pneumonia”); Diptheria and Tetanus vaccines; Human Papillomavirus vaccines; Haemophilus Influenza Type B Polysaccharide Conjugate vaccines Read More
What is the Vaccine Injury Table? +
The vaccine injury table is a list that details conditions and injuries that are thought to be caused by certain vaccines. The Qualification and Aids to Interpretation (Aids) help to define many of the conditions and injuries that are listed on the Vaccine Table. Time periods are listed, showing when the 1st symptom of these conditions/injuries must occur following vaccination in order to receive the Table presumption. If the 1st symptom happens within the listed time period, and any related definitions included in the Aids are satisfied, it will then be presumed that the vaccine was the cause of the condition or injury, unless another cause is discovered.If you cannot find your specific injury on the Table, or did not satisfy the Table requirements, you then must prove that the vaccine caused the injury. To obtain a copy of the latest Table and Aids, visit the VICP Website at: http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/vaccinetable.html Read More
Are there age restrictions on who may file a claim? +
No. There are no age restrictions when filing a claim with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Claims may be filed on behalf of infants, children, and adolescents, or by adults receiving VICP covered vaccines.