Vaccine Injury Compensation Cases (VICP)

The Vaccine Program

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was created by Congress as a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for resolving vaccine injury claims. It provides compensation to people found to be injured by vaccines. The law requires that claims for vaccine injuries be processed in the Vaccine Program

The Vaccine Proceeding Process

Instead of bringing a suit against vaccine manufacturers or your doctor, a person injured must file his or her case in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, located in Washington, D.C. Each case I defended by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, who is represented by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

All cases are presided over by the Office of Special Masters. A special master is similar to a judge and one is assigned to every case and decides the outcome in the event it proceeds to a hearing on entitlement (a determination of whether you are entitled to compensation based upon whether the vaccine caused your injury). Cases that do not proceed to a hearing are either settled by the parties in advance of hearing or conceded by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Vaccines Covered Under The VICP

Not all vaccines are covered by the VICP. People from all walks of life have suffered from adverse vaccine reactions. While children may compromise a significant portion of those injured, injured victims also include mothers, soldiers, nurses, teenagers, firefighters, college administrators and infants. Many of the vaccine reactions are life altering, life threatening, and in some instances, fatal. Vaccines that are covered include:

  • Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DTP, DTaP, Tdap, DT, Td, or TT)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis A (HAV)
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Trivalent influenza (TIV, LAIV) (given each year during flu season)
  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR, MR, M, R)
  • Meningococcal (conjugate & polysaccharide) (MCV4, MPSV4) (meningitis)
  • Polio (IPV, OPV)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV) (Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria which causes bacterial meningitis, ear infections, and deaths)
  • Rotovirus (RV)
  • Varicella (VZV) (chickenpox)
  • Papillomavirus (HPV) (STD, cervical cancer)
  • Any combination of above vaccines

Common Vaccine-Related Injuries

Death, anaphylaxis, encephalopathy, encephalitis, brachial neuritis, seizures, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, arthritis, thrombocytopenic purpura, intussusception, multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, transverse myelitis, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome, reflective sympathetic disorder, complex regional pain syndrome, autoimmune hepatitis, Tourette's syndrome, trigeminal neuralgia, lupus, connective tissue disorders, Wegener's granulomatosis, polyarteritis nodosa (PAN), Kawasaki disease, and many others.

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