COVID-19 Vaccine Claims
Vaccines save lives by preventing disease. The vast majority of people who receive vaccines have no issues. However, as with any medication, in rare cases, some vaccines can cause serious side effects, such as an allergic reaction. If you received a COVID-19 vaccine and suffered harm as a result, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Created in 1986 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides compensation to people who file a petition and are shown to have been harmed by a VICP-covered vaccine. Even if such a finding is not made, petitioners may still receive compensation through a settlement. Any person, no matter their age, who received a vaccine and believes they were injured because of it, may file a petition. Parents and legal guardians can file on behalf of children, disabled adults, and deceased individuals.
Injuries resulting from a COVID-19 vaccination are not currently handled through the VICP. Instead, they are litigated through the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP). The CICP was set up so that if you suffer an injury from a countermeasure, you could be eligible for benefits. A countermeasure is a vaccinate, medication, or medical device used to treat or prevent a pandemic or epidemic.
CICP covers injuries that are suffered in response to countermeasures that are intended to treat or prevent COVID-19. These countermeasures can include adverse side effects to any of the following:
- Vaccines given to treat COVID-19
- Medications given to treat COVID-19
- Medical devices that treat patients with COVID-19
If you or someone love has suffered harm from a COVID-19 vaccine, it is critical that you retain legal representation as soon as possible. Because vaccine injury claims tend to be complex, you need an experienced lawyer in your corner who knows how these claims work.
The vaccine injury lawyers at Dane Shulman Associates, LLC can help you every step of the way. Our highly skilled attorneys understand the severe reactions and side effects that the COVID-19 vaccines could cause. Our firm is ready to stand up and fight for you. Call today for a free and confidential consultation. During your no-obligation consultation, you can learn more about your legal options under CICP.
Common Vaccine Injuries
Thousands of vaccine injuries are reported every year. However, it is difficult to attain an accurate count on how many people are harmed each year. Common injuries and illnesses associated with vaccines include the following:
- Anaphylaxis – a serious allergic reaction to the antigens in a vaccine dose.
- Vaccine-strain virus
- Vasovagal syncope – loss of consciousness caused by a reaction to the vaccine
- Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA)
- Adhesive capsulitis – also known as frozen shoulder, characterized by pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint
- Brachial neuritis – a type of nerve damage often associated with diminished function of certain body parts
- Rotator cuff injury – damage to muscles and tendons near the shoulder
- Guillain-Barr Syndrome (GBS) – a condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves
- Miller Fisher Syndrome (MFS) – rare nerve disease related to GBS
- Transverse myelitis – cause inflammation of the spinal cord that results in damage to the motor and sensory nerves
- Neuropathy – nerve damage that results in weakness and numbness, usually in hands and feet
- Chronic arthritis
- Encephalitis – an infection or the body’s immune response to infection affects brain inflammation
- Intussusception – intestinal blockage caused by the intestine folding onto itself
- Dermatomyositis – a rare skin disease resulting in a rash, accompanied by muscle weakness
- Narcolepsy – extreme daytime sleepiness
What Types of Compensation Am I Entitled To?
Under the CICP, if you’ve been injured by a COVID-19 vaccine, you may be entitled to the following benefits:
- Medical bills related to treating an injury caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Lost wages from being unable to work due to the vaccine injury.
- Benefits may be available to survivors of an individual that died because of the Covid-19 vaccine.
- Representatives of an estate may receive benefits through the CICP in some situations as specified by program rules.
What Should I Do if I Suspect a Vaccine Injury?
If you or a loved one suffered adverse side effects after receiving a vaccine, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. You need to undergo a medical evaluation and tests so that doctors can determine what is causing your medical issues. Make sure you hold on to all your medical records that relate to your vaccination and the adverse side effects. You then need to consult with an experienced vaccine injury lawyer.
It is recommended that you hire a lawyer to help you seek compensation. They can arrange for medical experts to review your medical records and collect all the relevant evidence that will strengthen your claim. If your claim happens to be denied, your lawyer can potentially file a lawsuit a case against the vaccine manufacturer or the medical professional who administered the vaccine.
Contact an Experienced Vaccine Injury Lawyer
Over the last six decades, Dane Shulman Associates, LLC has been helping people who were injured throughout Massachusetts and New England. We are a personal injury firm that understands the ins and outs of the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP). We have the resources, skills, and knowledge needed to take on your vaccine injury case and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Don’t try to handle this complex legal claim on your own. Allow the skilled and compassionate vaccine injury attorneys at Dane Shulman Associates, LLC to handle all the complicated legal aspects so that you can focus on your health and recovery. Call today for a free and confidential consultation.