The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
In 1986, the United States Congress passed a law creating the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The VICP was established to create a streamlined compensation system for the benefit of people injured by vaccines. Cases are litigated in the Vaccine Court, which is a division of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. These cases are handled by vaccine injury lawyers.
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is unlike traditional civil lawsuits. Although it is referred to as Vaccine Court, the system is more like applying for benefits than it is suing a negligent party. Think of it as a vaccine program. The person bringing the claim (called the “petitioner”) does not testify at a deposition or answer interrogatories. Rather, the petitioner tells their story through a written affidavit. In some cases, the petitioner may testify at a hearing.
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund
Unlike a civil lawsuit wherein the plaintiff/petitioner is seeking compensation from a defendant, in the VICP claims are paid from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund.
Vaccine manufacturers such as Merck or Sanofi Pasteur pay a $0.75 tax on each vaccine dose they make. The proceeds from the tax are deposited into the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund. Currently, this fund holds over $3 billion.
When a petitioner files a claim in the VICP, they is actually petitioning the court to be compensated from the Trust Fund. Petitioners can recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and reimbursement of past and future medical expenses.
Petitioners Pay No Attorney’s Fees
The petitioner’s attorney is paid from the Trust Fund separately from the petitioner. Therefore, the petitioner keeps every penny of the compensation awarded. Compare this to a civil lawsuit where the attorney takes a percentage of the compensation.
The vaccine injury lawyers at My Vaccine Lawyer represent people all over the United States for injuries or illnesses caused by vaccines. To speak with a vaccine injury lawyer about your claim, please contact us at (800) 229-7704.