Vaccines are routinely given to protect ourselves and our children from diseases. But a small percentage of children, and even adults, who receive vaccines suffer bad reactions that can result in serious injuries. You or your child may be entitled to compensation for an injury caused by a vaccine.
How It Works
In 1988, Congress established a special fund to compensate victims of certain vaccines. Vaccine injury cases must be filed in the United States Court of Federal Claims in order to seek compensation from this fund. If you or your child has been the victim of a vaccine injury, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of future earning capacity, the cost of future medical care, and pain and suffering.
Vaccines That May Cause Injury
You or your child may be entitled to receive compensation if injury has been caused by one of the following vaccines:
- Tetanus toxoid
- Measles, mumps and rubella
- Polio virus
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Haemophilus influenzae type b
- Pneumococcal conjugate
- Seasonal influenza
- Human papillomavirus
Types Of Injuries Caused By Vaccines
There is a wide range of injuries that can be caused by vaccines including shoulder injuries, autoimmune diseases such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, brain injuries, seizures, severe allergic reactions and death.
Proving Your Case
In order to win compensation, you need to prove not only that you received one of the above vaccines, but also that the vaccine caused the injury you or your child has suffered. This process involves obtaining medical records and gathering other available evidence to determine when symptoms began as well as what illnesses have been diagnosed. In many cases, it is necessary to present expert testimony in order to prove that the injuries you or your child has suffered were caused by a vaccine. In addition, evidence must also be presented regarding the nature and severity of the injuries and the amount of lost wages, medical bills and other economic losses that you or your child will incur.
To learn more about whether you or your child may be entitled to compensation for an injury suffered after receiving a vaccine, please contact Abramson & O'Connell, LLC at 614-461-6066 to schedule a free initial consultation.
If your child suffered injury because of someone’s negligence or wrongdoing, please contact our child injury and medical malpractice attorneys for advice; we serve Columbus, Ohio, and surrounding areas. Call 614-461-3101, or send an email inquiry to schedule a consultation.