Vaccine Injuries

Vaccines are an incredibly hot topic right now. I can tell you flat-out, I am pro-vaccine. I am vaccinated, my kids are vaccinated—I believe the benefits both to me and to public health outweigh the risks of getting vaccinated.

But. There are risks of rare vaccine reactions. A very small percentage of people who receive vaccinations experience medical reactions. And by reaction, I don’t mean muscle soreness or rash, I mean serious conditions like anaphylaxis, neurological complications, even death. Acknowledging this fact, in the 1980s, the federal government created the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. This program pays money damages to individuals who can prove they suffered serious vaccine reactions.

Table Claims and Off-Table Claims

There are two types of vaccine cases: table claims, or cases that fit into a category of the Vaccine Injury Table, and off-table claims that are not found on the Table. Generally, table claims are far more likely to succeed than off-table claims.

There are very few attorneys in the country who handle these vaccine claims. Most of the attorneys who have vaccine claim experience, including me, are on the Court of Federal Claims’ list of attorneys handling vaccine cases.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of calls about reactions to the COVID vaccine. Although this may change in the future, at this point, the COVID vaccine is not covered by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Instead, like other true pandemic vaccines such as those for polio, Ebola, smallpox, and SARS, reactions to COVID vaccines are covered by the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP). The damages you can receive under this program are far more limited than the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. See the blog post for more details.

If you or someone you know experienced a vaccine reaction, contact me. I can help.