Minneapolis Vaccine Injury Lawyer

Vaccines play a vital role in our nation’s health. Thanks to vaccines, we’ve banished many diseases that used to sicken and kill citizens by the thousands. Though vaccines are a life-saving technology, they may cause injury in certain individuals. For the most part, however, vaccines are a safe and effective way to prevent disease, and complications are rare.

Even when a patient does experience a complication, these are generally minor. Unfortunately, a small minority of patients may become sick or experience a serious side effect as the result of a vaccine. When this happens, victims and their families may have options for legal recourse under complex federal law. If you believe you or a member of your family is suffering after a vaccine, consult with an experienced Minneapolis injury attorney about the implications of this injury.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

In the 1980s, there were a number of expensive lawsuits pending against companies for their vaccinations. As a result, pharmaceutical companies lacked incentive to develop new life-saving technology. Additionally, people who had been hurt by some childhood vaccines spent much of their time and money on litigation through a complex court system.

In 1986, Congress created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). Its inception had several aims:

  • To ensure companies continued to innovate and make new life-saving vaccines
  • To control vaccine costs
  • To provide a streamlined system for people who were injured by certain vaccines

The NVICP offers an efficient way for families of children to collect compensation in the extremely rare occasion that a vaccine causes injury.

How It Works

To receive compensation from the NVICP, you must file a claim with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Once received, a special lawyer hears the case. If they believe the case falls within the guidelines set forth by the NVICP, the lawyer will order compensation from the Vaccine Trust Fund.

You may only file a claim if you meet certain eligibility guidelines. First, the law only considers the following as covered vaccines:

  • Influenza (TIV, LAIV)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR, MR, M or R)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP, DTaP, Tdap, DT, TT or Td)
  • Varicella (chicken pox) (VZV)
  • Polio (OPV or IPV)
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV)
  • Rotavirus (RV)
  • Meningococcal disease (MCV4, MPSV4)

Second, you must be one of the following:

  • The person who believes he or she has been injured by the vaccine
  • The parent or guardian of the injured
  • A representative of someone who died as a result of a vaccine injury

And third, your injury claim must be listed on what’s referred to as the “vaccine injury table.” This is a list the NVICP compiles that provides explanations for conditions that may be caused by vaccines, along with a timetable when these injuries might occur. If your claim lists the first symptom of the injury within the correct time period, you may qualify for compensation. The table changes with new scientific evidence.

If the symptoms listed on your claim do not appear on the table, you still may be able to receive compensation. This may require extra testimony from medical professionals.

A medical professional must label a vaccine injury as “severe.” Under the NVICP program, you must experience symptoms for at least six months, have endured a hospital stay or surgery, or act on behalf of a loved one who died as a result.

Navigating the NVICP System

The NVICP system, though streamlined, requires a powerful legal advocate. We can help you navigate the process and attempt compensation for your vaccine injury. If you believe your or a loved one’s injury was due to a childhood vaccination, contact us for a free case evaluation. We’ll help you decide on your next best steps.