Just what Americans need, another set of acronyms from the Government, after all aren’t the “FBI, CIA, NSA, FDA” and a whole slew of other alphabet agencies and programs enough?
Well, VICP, which actually stands for “Vaccine Injury Compensation Program” is actually a good government program. Each year millions of Americans receive vaccines for a variety of maladies. And for most people, the vaccines work as advertised. But there are some who have a very adverse reaction to the vaccines. VICP is a program that is setup to provide compensation for those who were injured by the vaccine.
VICP covers those injured by the injection of vaccines for the following:
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DPT)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella
- Hepatitis A (HEP A)
- Hepatitis B (HEP B)
This list is amended as needed. It should also be noted that any combination of the above vaccines, maybe covered by VICP.
The irony of the vaccines listed above is that many are either recommended by our Medical professionals or maybe required for admittance into some schools. Some occupations may also require that you receive some of the above vaccines as conditions of employment.
The VICP program was created in 1986, as part of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, after reported serious injuries and lawsuits filed against Vaccine companies, Doctors and/or Nurses. As a result of the public outcry and litigations, many of the medical professionals and vaccine companies threatened to halt production of the vaccines or refused to administer the vaccines. Such actions were seen as threat to the nation’s public health. VICP was enacted to provide compensation for those injured, thus eliminating risks for vaccine companies from possible litigation.
VICP is administered by three Government agencies, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. There is a documented procedure to file a claim with VICP, along with an application fee. VICP also provides assistance for those who wish to file a claim, but cannot afford the application fee.
Obtaining a lawyer prior to filing a claim is not required, however many people do seek legal consul before filing. VICP will compensate the victims or the victim’s family for reasonable legal fees if certain minimal requirements are made. Legal fees for petitioners who represent themselves before VICP are not compensated.
There is a time limit of 3 years after the date of injection for filing a claim with VICP; however the adverse effects must present themselves within 6 months of the date of injection. The vaccine must also have been administered within the Continental US boarders (CONUS), unless the injured parties were US citizens serving in the military or a Government employee or a dependent of, also the manufacturer of the vaccine must be a registered company that is physically located within CONUS. The injured party must return to the US within six months of the injection.
If you have a lawsuit for injuries caused by a vaccine and have a claim with the VICP, you may qualify for lawsuit funding for your case. For more information about this, please contact Easy Lawsuit Funds at 856-340-6133.