Have You or a Family Member Been Injured by a Vaccine?

You may be eligible to receive compensation.

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Vaccines Covered

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) covers the following vaccines:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP, DTaP, Tdap, DT, Td, or TT)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis A (HAV)
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Influenza (TIV, LAIV) [given each year]
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR, MR, M, R)
  • Meningococcal (MCV4, MPSV4)
  • Polio (OPV or IPV) 1
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV)
  • Rotavirus (RV)
  • Varicella (VZV)
  • Any combination of the vaccines above

What must be proved in order to be paid?

To be eligible to file a claim, the effects of the person’s injury must have lasted for more than 6 months after the vaccine was given; or resulted in a hospital stay and surgery; or resulted in death.

According to the VICP, you must prove that:

  • the injured person received a vaccine listed on the Table; and
  • the first symptom of the injury/condition on the Table as defined in the Qualifications and Aids to Interpretation (Aids)* occurred within the time period listed on the Table; or
  • the vaccine caused the injury; or
  • the vaccine caused an existing illness to get worse (significantly aggravated).

In addition, the Court must determine that the injury or death did not result from any other possible causes.

*Download the vaccine injury program qualifications table.

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Why Choose Us?

Russell W. Lewis, Vaccine Injury AttorneyAbout Russell W. Lewis

Russell W. "Rusty" Lewis, is an aggressive, results-driven legal professional, dedicated to providing help to those in need of a committed attorney. In addition to handling vaccine injury cases, Russell represents clients in nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, wrongful death and serious personal injury cases. Through verdicts and settlements over the course of his career, Russell has helped recover millions of dollars on behalf of his clients.

Russell is licensed in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Additionally, he has been admitted to practice in the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Tax Court, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who runs the VICP?

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 created the VICP, which began on October 1, 1988, after a series of lawsuits threatened to cause vaccine shortages and reduce U.S. vaccination rates.

The following three organizations have a role in the VICP:

  • The VICP is administered through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • The Department of Justice (DOJ) represents HHS in Court.
  • The U.S. Court of Federal Claims (the Court) makes the final decision regarding whether a petitioner should be compensated.

How does the claims process work?

  1. An individual files a petition with the Court. The Court sends a copy of the petition to DOJ and HHS.
  2. An HHS healthcare provider reviews the petition, determines if it meets the medical criteria for compensation and makes a preliminary recommendation to DOJ. The government’s position is included in DOJ’s report, which is submitted to the Court.
  3. The report is presented to a court-appointed special master, who decides whether the petitioner should be compensated.
  4. The special master's decision may be appealed.
  5. Petitioners who reject the decision of the Court (or those who withdraw their claims after certain timelines are met) may file a claim in civil court against the vaccine manufacturer and/or the healthcare provider who administered the vaccine.

Are there any age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions on who may receive compensation in the VICP. Petitions may be filed on behalf of infants, children and adolescents, or by adults receiving VICP-covered vaccines. Other legal requirements, such as the statute of limitations for filing an injury or death petition, must be satisfied in order to receive compensation.

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