Have you or someone you know experienced an adverse reaction to a vaccine? Although vaccines serve an important role in maintaining the public’s health and are beneficial to the majority of people, a small percentage of individuals who receive vaccinations will have an adverse reaction to them.
The federal government acknowledged this in 1986 with the creation of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which was designed to provide a federal no-fault system for compensating those who suffer vaccine-related injuries or death. One of its purposes is to keep these individuals from directly suing their doctors or the pharmaceutical companies, and it’s the pharmaceutical companies themselves who have established the fund from which compensation to these individuals can be paid. One of the primary benefits of the National Vaccine Act is the fact that attorney fees are paid by the fund, not the client.
Some of the more common adverse reactions to vaccines include pain, swelling, and redness at the injection site, as well as fever, irritability, drowsiness, and rash. More severe reactions include seizures, pneumonia, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, deafness, permanent brain damage, and death. Whether or not you qualify for compensation under this Act, and if so the amount of compensation you would receive depends on several factors.
First, you must demonstrate that your vaccination was the cause of the symptoms you experienced or are experiencing, and these symptoms must last for greater than six months. To do this, you must go through the relatively easy process of presenting a vaccine claim. During this process, pre- and post-vaccination medical records are gathered and analyzed, and if these records demonstrate a connection between the vaccination and your symptoms, and that they’ve persisted for a sufficient length of time, a petition is filed with the Federal Court of Claims in Washington, DC. This petition must be filed within three years of the first onset of symptoms.