How to File a Vaccine Injury Claim
National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Filing Requirements
If you or your child have been injured by a vaccine, or you are the legal representative of the estate of a deceased individual whose death was caused by a vaccination, you may file a claim. The injury must have lasted longer that six months after the vaccination occurred, or resulted in hospital stay or surgery. 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.
At the Law Firm of Marvin Firestone, MD•JD, & Associates, LLP, you will pay NO LEGAL FEES because under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, all costs and fees are paid by the court. If you believe you or your child might have been injured by a vaccine, don’t wait to call our law office. There are time limits to file. Our lawyers can file your claim at no cost to you.
Do I Need to File A Vaccination Injury Claim With A Law Firm in My State?
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.
Important Deadlines to File a Claim
Claims need to be filed within three years after the first symptom of the vaccine-related injury or within two years of a death and four years after the first symptom that resulted in death. Also, to be eligible to file an injury claim, the individual’s injury must have:
• Lasted longer that six months after receiving the vaccination; or
• Resulted in surgery or hospital stay; or
• Resulted in the death of the injured person
Claims Are Filed With the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Your claim must be filed with the United States Court of Federal Claims, and need to include two copies of the petition (claim), a cover sheet of the Court of Federal Claims, and all medical records and relevant documents. There is also a $400 filing fee. If you work with our law firm, our attorneys will put together the appropriate paperwork on your behalf, so that you can be certain that all of the correct information and forms have been filed.
Vaccine Injury Compensation Determination and Potential Amounts Awarded
The final decision and compensation amount is made by the United States Court of Federal Claims. Compensation amounts for vaccine injuries depend on the injury and the circumstances. While some awards can be fairly small, others can be quite large. There is no limitation to the amount of a vaccine-related injury award. Factors may include: pain and suffering, legal fees, lost wages, and reasonable amount for past and future care. In 2014, comensation amounts to individuals averaged just over $553,000. Awards for vaccine-related deaths are limited to $250,000 by law, plus attorney’s costs and fees.
Let Our Experienced Lawyers File The Injury Claim For You At No Cost
Our experienced lawyers can file your vaccine injury claim for you at no cost to you, so that you can be certain everything is in order. To begin the process, contact the Law Firm of Marvin Firestone, MD•JD & Associates today by filling out our online form or calling 800-529-6353. Marvin Firestone, MD•JD has been helping clients with complex medical related legal issues since 1982, and is also a licensed physician in California who has a deep understanding of the challenges you face. Our law firm wants to get you the maximum compensation possible.
For more information on Filing a vaccine injury claim, visit the United States Department of Health and Human Services website.