Reviewed By Anne Carrión Toale, Vaccine Injury Attorney
National Vaccine Injury Lawyers
Every day thousands of people in the US are safely vaccinated against diseases and illnesses. However, sometimes rare, severe, and debilitating reactions to vaccinations can happen.
As a result, Congress created the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP); to help victims of adverse vaccine reactions. Mctlaw helps those people get financial compensation from the VICP. And we do it at no cost to you.
What Makes mctlaw Different?
- Mctlaw helped more clients get compensation in the past 5 years than any other law firm in the United States.
- Our attorneys obtained the largest single financial award for a client in the vaccine program’s history.
- Our lawyers represent clients in all 50 states and have done so for more than 20 years.
- We successfully helped hundreds of clients get compensation through the vaccine injury program. See the evidence in our case results for our vaccine injury clients.
Common Vaccine Reactions & Disorders
Other Possible Injuries
Our Law Firm Pays the Costs of Litigating Your Case
We pay the out-of-pocket costs of your case, such as expert fees, medical records charges, filing fees, and other costs. You are never responsible for these costs.
Our Vaccine Lawyers Work One-on-One With You
Our vaccine injury attorneys will meet with you and your family either in person or via Zoom meeting. If your case goes to trial, we will work one-on-one to help you prepare to testify.
If your case goes to trial, it should take place Close to where you live
When Congress created the Vaccine Injury Program, one of the legislative compromises was that the Court travels to injured patients to hear their cases. This also makes it easier for your doctors to attend and testify on your behalf at trial, if necessary.
Vaccines Covered by the NVICP – Vaccine Injury Table
The following is a list of vaccinations covered by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program:
- Seasonal Flu Shot
- Tetanus Toxoid-Containing Vaccines – DTaP, Tdap, DTP-Hib, DT, Td, TT
- Pertussis Antigen-Containing Vaccines – DTaP, Tdap, DTP, P, DTP-Hib
- Measles, Mumps & Rubella Virus-Containing Vaccines in any Combination – MMR, MR, M, R
- Rubella Virus-Containing Vaccines – MMR, MR, R
- Measles Virus-Containing Vaccines – MMR, MR, M
- Polio Live Virus Vaccines – OPV
- Hepatitis B Antigen-Containing Vaccines
- Hemophilus Influenzae – Type B Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccines
- Varicella Vaccine – Chickenpox Virus Vaccine
- Rotavirus Vaccine
- Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines
- Hepatitis A Vaccines
- Meningococcal Vaccines – Meningococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (MPSV4), Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines
- Polio Inactivated Virus – IPV
Vaccines NOT Covered by the NVICP
If your injury is a result of one of the vaccinations listed below, you are ineligible for the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
- Covid-19 Vaccines
- Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines meant for older adults
- Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine
- Yellow Fever
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- Typhoid Fever
About the VICP
Currently, there is more than $3 billion available in a federal trust fund to compensate people with vaccine injuries. Americans with vaccine injuries have already received more than $2 billion in compensation since 1988. Find out more about how the program works and if you qualify.
Vaccine Injury Payouts
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, or the VICP, provides no-fault compensation to individuals who have suffered injuries after receiving certain vaccines. Since 1988, the vaccine court has awarded more than 6,000 payouts totaling to more than $4 billion dollars.
Filing a Vaccine Injury Claim
Filing a vaccine claim is a complicated and adversarial process. Vaccine Cases are not typical personal injury cases. A vaccine lawyer needs to be a member Court of Federal Claims Bar and should also be highly experienced in litigating vaccine injury cases in the Vaccine Court.
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, or the VICP, provides compensation for reactions to certain vaccines. Some of the vaccines that are covered are the Flu Vaccine, Chicken Pox Vaccine, HPV Vaccine, the Rotavirus Vaccine, and more.
Meet Our Vaccine Injury Attorneys
Having Trouble Deciding Who Will Represent You in Your Vaccine Case?
We make it easy with our simple guide to choosing the right lawyer for your vaccine case.
Personal injury attorneys typically do NOT handle vaccine injury cases. Vaccine injury compensation is a very specific type of Federal litigation involving complex legal, medical, and scientific issues. Our vaccine injury attorneys proudly represent clients in obtaining compensation for vaccine injuries and have done so over the past 20 years.
Should I Hire a Local Attorney To Represent Me?
ALL vaccine claims must go to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (Vaccine Court) in Washington, D.C. These are not “local” cases. An attorney in your area cannot file these cases in your local or state courthouse. These cases must be filed in Washington, D.C. in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims by attorneys who are members of the Court of Federal Claims Bar. Hiring a vaccine injury lawyer near you is less important than hiring a vaccine injury lawyer with experience in the Court.
What Are Your Qualifications to Represent Vaccine Injury Clients
Our attorneys work exclusively on vaccine injury cases. Because vaccine injury litigation is a very specialized area of practice, there are few attorneys in the United States who do it. Our vaccine attorneys exclusively focus on this area.
How Much Compensation Has mctlaw Won for Vaccine Injury Clients?
Mctlaw has won more than $300 million dollars in vaccine injury compensation for thousands of our clients across the country. We have won more compensation for vaccine injuries in recent years than any other law firm in the United States. Read our vaccine injury client’s case results and see actual award amounts.
How Close Is Your Office to the Vaccine Court in Washington, DC?
Our Washington, D.C. office is blocks away from The Vaccine Court. This proximity makes it easy for your attorneys to manage your case and represent you efficiently.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Can I Do if I’m Injured by a Vaccine or Have a Severe Reaction to a Vaccine?
You can file a claim in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
What is the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) was created by Congress in 1986 after a series of lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers threatened to create vaccine shortages. So far, this federal trust fund paid out billions of dollars in damages to thousands of people suffering from adverse reactions to vaccinations. Billions of dollars are available for future compensations as well.
What Vaccines are Covered by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?
Covered vaccines include:
- Tetanus toxoid-containing vaccines (DTaP, Tdap, DTP-Hib, DT, Td, TT)
- Pertussis antigen-containing vaccines (DTaP, Tdap, DTP, P, DTP-Hib)
- Measles, mumps, and rubella virus-containing vaccines in any combination (MMR, MR, M, R)
- Rubella virus-containing vaccines (MMR, MR, R)
- Measles virus-containing vaccines (MMR, MR, M)
- Polio live virus vaccines (OPV)
- Hepatitis B antigen-containing vaccines
- Hemophilus influenzae (type b polysaccharide conjugate vaccines)
- Varicella vaccine (chickenpox vaccine)
- Rotavirus vaccine
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines
- Hepatitis A vaccines
- Trivalent influenza vaccines (Flu vaccines including a live attenuated influenza virus vaccine; and injectable influenza vaccines)
- Meningococcal vaccines (meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine and meningococcal conjugate vaccine)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines
- Polio inactivated virus (IPV)
What Vaccines are NOT Covered by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?
The Covid-19 Vaccine is not covered. Other non-covered vaccines include: H1N1 vaccine, Shingles vaccine, Yellow Fever vaccines, Pneumococcal vaccines for ages 65+, and others that are not routinely recommended for children and pregnant women.
Why is the Covid-19 Vaccine NOT Covered by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?
The Covid-19 Vaccine is covered in a different program called the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program.
Who Can File a Claim with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?
You do not need to be a citizen of the United States to file a claim. Usually, the vaccine must have been administered in the United States or one of its territories to bring a claim. Some people who receive vaccines outside of the U.S. may be eligible for compensation. In order to be covered by the Vaccine Program when overseas, the injured person must be a U.S. citizen serving in the military or a U.S. government employee or have been a dependent of such a citizen; or the injured person must have received a vaccine manufactured by a vaccine company located in the U.S. and returned to the U.S. within 6 months after the date of vaccination.
How is a Claim Filed in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?
Your claim is initiated by filing a petition with the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. Once the petition is filed, a Special Master is assigned to the case. A Special Master is a type of judge that handles only vaccine injury claims. The Special Master decides the outcome of the case instead of a jury.
What Kind of Information Do You Need in Order To Build My Vaccine Injury Case?
The first thing we do in your case is get a copies of all the medical records related to your vaccine injury. We are then required to turn over a copy of your complete and comprehensive medical records to the Court.
How does the Vaccine Injury Compensation Process Work?
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) acts as the defendant in these cases. It is represented by Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys throughout the process.
HHS reviews your petition and decides whether to dispute your claim that the vaccine caused the injury or to concede that the vaccine was responsible. If HHS concedes that the vaccine did cause the injury, the next step is to determine the value of the damages. However, if this cannot be agreed on, then there is a trial (called a hearing) on the topic of damages before the Special Master.
What Happens at a Vaccine Injury Trial?
You may testify and so may some of your family or friends. It may be helpful to have your doctors testify. An expert physician hired on your behalf will testify about how the vaccine caused the injury. Then, at least one Health and Human Services expert witness will likely testify as to why the vaccine did not cause the injury. Following this, the Special Master will decide whether the vaccine caused the injury. If the Special Master decides in your favor, then we go on to the issue of damages. If we cannot agree with HHS as to the value of the damages, there will be a second trial to determine the amount of compensation.
How Long Does it Take to Get Compensated for a Vaccine Injury?
This process is designed to be quicker than civil litigation. With some exceptions, it usually is. A hearing on whether the vaccine caused the injury often occurs within a year. Cases that settle can conclude in as little as a year. Other cases, despite our best efforts, can take several years.
How Much Money Can I Expect to Get from a Vaccine Injury Claim
Compensation includes monetary damages for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs. Compensation paid out for pain and suffering is limited to a maximum of $250,000. There is no limit of compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. You can look at previous case amounts here.
Where Can I See Your Firm’s Vaccine Injury Case Results?
You can review more than 700 if our past case results here.
Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer for a Vaccine Injury Case?
We strongly believe that attorneys who practice primarily vaccine injury law are best suited to these cases. You can read more about why here.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Vaccine Injury Lawyer Cost?
It costs you nothing,. A case evaluation is free. Plus, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program pays for attorneys’ fees, so you won’t pay anything out of pocket for us to file a vaccine injury case.
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Content Reviewed by Anne Carrión Toale – Vaccine Injury Lawyer
Anne Carrión Toale, Esq. is a vaccine injury attorney at mctlaw. Anne helps vaccine injury clients get compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) before the Vaccine Court in the United States Court of Federal Claims. Ms. Toale has served as past president of the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association, where she provided education and assistance to other attorneys throughout the United States practicing in the area of vaccine injury compensation.
This page was last updated on:
US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Available at: https://www.hrsa.gov/vaccine-compensation/covered-vaccines/index.html. Last Accessed March 5, 2020.
United States Court of Federal Claims. Vaccine Claims/Office of Special Masters. https://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/vaccine-programoffice-special-masters. Last Accessed March 5, 2020.
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