In 1988, as part of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), the federal government established The Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund to both compensate those injured or killed by vaccines and to ensure a continued production of necessary vaccines. Now, decades later, the Trust Fund has paid out billions of dollars in damages to thousands of people who suffered injuries from vaccines. Claims for vaccine related injuries must be brought in the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. and are heard by Special Masters assigned to these cases. Only specially admitted attorneys can practice in this Court.
The attorneys at Schiffmacher Cinelli Adoff LLP have successfully counseled hundreds of individuals from many different states who have been injured by vaccines and have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for their clients, including some of the largest resolutions and awards obtained in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Common Vaccine Injuries
Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
Vaccine Law Case Results
$1,071,367 lump sum payment
$3,612,176 in future life care plan funding
$225,554 lump sum payment
$1,753,793 in future life care plan funding
Pneumococcal Conjugate (Prevnar 13) Influenza Vaccine Chronic Urticaria
$50,000.00 lump sum payment
$207,230.11 lump sum payment
$1,291,611.80 in future life care plan funding
$92,500 lump sum payment
Tetanus Diphtheria Acelluar Pertussis (TDaP)
$78,165 lump sum payment
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis Vaccines (DTaP, Tdap, DTP)
Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B Vaccines (HAV and HAB)
Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccines (MMR, MR, R)
How It Works
Instead of initiating a formal lawsuit, individuals file a claim for compensation, called a petition, with the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. Not all attorneys can practice in this Court and instead have to be specially admitted. The person on whose behalf the claim is filed is called the petitioner. Once the petition is filed, a Special Master is assigned to the case. A Special Master is a specialized judge that only presides over vaccine injury claims. If necessary, the Special Master will decide the outcome of the claim instead of a jury as in a normal tort case.
Who Can File a Vaccine Injury Claim?
It is not necessary to be a United States citizen to be eligible for compensation. Some people who receive vaccines outside of the U.S. may be eligible for compensation. Usually, in order to be covered by the NVICP when overseas, the injured person must have been a U.S. citizen serving in the military or a U.S. government employee, or have been a dependent of such a citizen; or the injured person must have received a vaccine manufactured by a vaccine company located in the U.S. and returned to the U.S. within 6 months after the date of vaccination.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
There is no requirement to work with a vaccine injury attorney when filing with the NVICP (unless the victim is not of legal adult age, or is incapable of representing themselves). However, we strongly recommend that you hire a lawyer as the program can often be very complex to navigate and can involve complicated legal, medical and damages issues. Hiring a vaccine lawyer comes at no cost to you anyway as you pay NO FEES since the NVICP pays all costs and fees.
Does My Attorney Need to be Local?
No, vaccine claims are filed with the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. This is not a “local” case that a local personal injury attorney can handle. Attorneys have to be specially admitted to practice in this specific Court. It is also not important where you live, as our firm can represent you no matter where you are located and will travel to you for any necessary hearings or meetings. What is important is that you work with a law firm that has experience in working through the NVICP, so you can get the best possible outcome.
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