What do you do when vaccines cause harm?

Public health policy is big on vaccinations. Several states require students and others to receive vaccines. The idea is that the vaccine will immunize the individual from a certain disease. Most of the time, that healthy outcome is the result that follows.

What happens when the vaccination causes harm?

The federal government has established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. This program is administered in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

To be eligible for compensation, the claimant must prove that he or she was injured by a vaccine and that the injury either lasted for at least six months or resulted in inpatient hospitalization, surgery or death.

In a vaccine case, the Claimant must come forth with documentation establishing a causal relationship between the vaccine and the injury. As in other injury cases, this generally requires working closely with medical specialists who know about the disease process. For certain injuries which follow certain vaccines, the causal relationship will be presumed. The program provides a table identifying those vaccines and diseases.

There are several issues that can affect someone’s eligibility under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, and people with potential claims should consult a lawyer experienced in this area. Because of time limits that could preclude claims, interested people should call sooner rather than later. The Seach Law Offices handles vaccine injury cases. Attorney Seach is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Federal Claims. You may call Attorney Seach at 570-359-3283 for a free consultation if you believe that you have sustained an injury from a vaccination.