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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Vaccine Injury Law

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was established to provide an alternative means of legal dispute resolution that excludes the traditional tort system. Instead of targeting drug companies directly, injured parties can pursue a claim to seek compensation injuries by vaccine administration from the VICP Trust Fund.

When you are considering filing a claim, you may have several questions. If you need clarity or have additional questions, our team at the Vaccine Injury Law Project is ready to help you navigate the claim process.

Q: Will I need to pay an attorney to file my VICP claim?

A: All legal representation for VICP vaccine injury claims is provided at no cost to you. Any additional costs incurred by the firm to represent your case will be absorbed by the firm. Even after you are awarded compensation for a claim, the firm does not get paid from your settlement. There is a separate entity that covers legal fees.

Q: Who may file an injury claim under the VICP?

A: Any individual, regardless of age, who received a VICP-covered vaccine and believes he or she was injured by that vaccine is eligible to file a claim. VICP-covered vaccines are listed on the Vaccine Injury Table. In addition, the parent or legal guardian of a disabled adult or child may file on behalf of the injured. Finally, the legal representative of a deceased person believed to have been injured by a covered vaccine may file a claim.

Q: What is the Vaccine Injury Table?

A: A document created in accordance with the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 and the Public Health Service Act which lists covered vaccines and injuries. The table also outlines time periods for symptom and illness manifestation as well as trauma from vaccine administration.

Q: What vaccines are covered under the VICP?

A: All covered vaccines are listed on the Vaccine Injury Table, which is updated periodically. For the most recent version, please check with an attorney who stays current with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) VICP updates.

Q: What if a person experiences injury or death by a vaccine not listed on the Vaccine Injury Table?

A: Vaccines not listed on the Vaccine Injury Table are not covered by the VICP. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may recommend new vaccines which are eligible after publishing a notice of coverage. It is best to consult an attorney for the most up to date vaccines.

Q: What if I do not live in the United States currently, but believe I was injured by a vaccine?

A: You may still be eligible to file a claim if you were a U.S. citizen living or traveling at the time of vaccination while working as a United States employee or member of the Armed Forces; or if the vaccine manufacturer is based in the U.S. and you are in the United States within six months of the administration of the vaccine.

Q: Why do I need a lawyer to file a VICP claim?

A: You may file a petition on your own, but having the help of an experienced vaccine injuries lawyer may improve your chances of receiving compensation. The Vaccine Injury Law Project provides no-cost legal representation for VICP petitions.

Please contact our office to discuss your claim. Call 312-906-5072 to speak with an attorney about your matter. We serve Chicago, Illinois and national claimants. We travel to you when necessary and offer our services at no cost.

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