(NewsUSA) - Currently, 16 vaccines are covered under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) in the United States: influenza, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella, human papillomavirus, meningitis, diphtheria, chicken pox, polio, rotavirus, haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and the pneumonia conjugate vaccine.
Some of the more common injuries associated with vaccination are anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction), vasovagal syncope (fainting), and SIRVA (shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration).
To be eligible for compensation through the VICP, injuries must be deemed severe, defined as symptoms lasting for at least six months or that have caused you to go to a hospital for surgery, or have resulted in death.
Vaccine injuries are defined as developing a new illness or aggravating an illness or condition that you already have as a result of receiving a vaccine.
Individuals can file VICP claims on behalf of themselves, a dependent child, or on behalf of the estate of someone whose death was determined to have been associated with a vaccine injury.
Potential types of compensation the VICP offers for vaccine-related injuries include medical or habilitative expenses not otherwise covered by your health insurance or another program; pain and suffering; and compensation for lost wages if you are unable to work or earn as much as before the injury.
Individuals who want to pursue a case of vaccine injury should team up with an experienced attorney advocate to file a claim. Specialized legal teams such as those at Sands Anderson can guide you through the process of filing a claim with the VICP and navigating through the process.
Approximately 80 percent of VICP claims are resolved through negotiated settlements, although some cases do proceed to a formal trial.
If you or a loved one might have experienced an injury associated with vaccination, visit vaccineinjurylegalteam.com for more information.