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COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Attorneys

The COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States have been rigorously tested and are confirmed to be safe and effective. But as is the case with all vaccines, extremely rare negative side effects can occasionally occur. If you have been injured by the COVID-19 vaccine, then you could be eligible to claim compensation. Vaccine injury claims are extremely complex, so you need a seasoned vaccine injury attorney in your corner who knows how to litigate these unique claims.

Dane Shulman Associates, LLC is currently accepting injury claims caused by a COVID-19 vaccine. If you believe you have been harmed by a COVID-19 vaccine, then don’t waste any time contacting one of our vaccine injury attorneys. We will review your case, help you gather evidence, and work with you to build the strongest possible claim.

The Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP)

Most vaccine-related injuries are litigated through a program known as VICP, or the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which was established by Congress in 1986. This program is basically a large federal trust fund that is specifically designed for compensating victims of vaccine injuries. COVID-19 vaccine injuries, however, are litigated through the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program, also known as CICP.

CICP was originally created to provide aid to those who had suffered an injury resulting from a vaccine that was designed to treat or prevent a declared pandemic, epidemic, or security threat. This type of vaccine is known as a countermeasure, as part of its purpose is to end pandemics like COVID-19. Countermeasures also include medications and medical devices designed to treat or prevent pandemics, epidemics, and security threats.

Common Injuries Associated With Vaccines

Although vaccines in the United States go through rigorous testing before they are administered to the general public, and adverse reactions are exceedingly rare, they can still occur. Some of the most common injuries associated with vaccines include:

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Vaccine-strain virus
  • Vasovagal syncope
  • Narcolepsy
  • Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA)
  • Adhesive capsulitis
  • Brachial neuritis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Chronic arthritis
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
  • Miller Fisher Syndrome (MFS)
  • Encephalitis
  • Intussusception
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Neuropathy
  • Paralysis

How Do I File a Claim For a COVID-19 Vaccine Injury?

If you were injured or became ill after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, then you may be eligible to file a claim with CICP. The claims process can be extremely complicated and legalistic, which is why consulting with an experienced vaccine injury attorney can be hugely beneficial. There are several steps in the claims process:

  • First, individuals who have been injured by a countermeasure such as a COVID-19 vaccine must submit a Request Package for benefits to CICP.
  • CICP will review the request and determine whether it meets the eligibility requirements.
  • If CICP finds that you are eligible for benefits, then they will request additional documentation that enables CICP to determine the type and amount of compensation you receive.
  • If you are entitled to benefits, then you will be notified in writing and will receive payment in accordance with your financial losses.
  • If your request is declined, it is possible to appeal to the Associate Administrator of the Healthcare Systems Bureau of HRSA. An independent, qualified panel will make a determination as to whether your appeal should be granted and will make a recommendation to the Associate Administrator.

You will have one year from the date you were administered the vaccine to file for benefits, so don’t wait to get in touch with our attorneys.

Compensation for COVID-19 Vaccine Injuries

Individuals who have sustained injuries caused by a countermeasure, including any of the COVID-19 vaccines, medications used to treat COVID-19, or medical devices used to treat COVID-19, may be eligible to claim compensation through CICP. Compensation is designed to cover costs such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income, if your injury or illness leaves you unable to work
  • Survivor benefits in cases where a patient died due to an adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Benefits for representatives of the estate, in some cases

Contact a Vaccine Injury Lawyer

The attorneys at Dane Shulman Associates, LLC have over 60 years of experience helping victims of injuries caused by negligence seek the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured by a COVID-19 vaccine, then get in touch with our attorneys as soon as possible. We will review your case, help you determine your eligibility to receive benefits, advise you of your legal rights and options, and help you understand how CICP works.

Our team has the necessary experience and knowledge to help you seek the benefits you need to recover financially from your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation. Call us at 617-298-2500 or reach out to us online.

What Is The NVICP?

Congress created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in 1986 after lawsuits against various vaccine makers seemed poised to cause vaccine shortages. Essentially, the NVICP is a federal trust fund designed specifically to compensates victims of vaccine injury. To date, it has paid billions of dollars in damages to those with severe reactions to vaccines. The program is still well-funded, with billions of dollars in funding available for any future vaccine injury victims.

Which Vaccines Are Covered by the NVICP?

The following vaccinations are covered by the NVICP:

  • Trivalent Influenza Vaccines or Seasonal Flu Shot
  • Tetanus Toxoid-Containing Vaccines
  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) Virus-Containing Vaccines in any combination
  • Rubella Virus-Containing Vaccines
  • Measles Virus-Containing Vaccines
  • Pertussis Antigen-Containing Vaccines
  • Hepatitis A Vaccines
  • Hepatitis B Antigen-Containing Vaccines
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines
  • Polio Live Virus Vaccines
  • Hemophilus Influenzae – Type B Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccines
  • Varicella Vaccine – Chickenpox Virus Vaccine
  • Rotavirus Vaccine
  • Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines
  • Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)
  • Meningococcal Vaccines – Meningococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (MPSV4), Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4)

Which Vaccines Are Not Covered by the NVICP?

A smaller number of vaccines are not covered by the NVICP should a person sustain a vaccine injury, including:

  • Covid-19 Vaccines
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines meant for older adults
  • Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine
  • Rabies
  • Anthrax
  • Smallpox
  • Yellow Fever
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Typhoid Fever

Common Types of Vaccine Injuries

Adverse reactions to vaccines are exceedingly rare because all vaccines undergo rigorous trials before they can be administered to the general public. Occasionally, they can cause severe side effects in certain patients or worsen certain pre-existing conditions.

Some common vaccine injuries include:

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Vaccine-strain virus
  • Vasovagal syncope
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Narcolepsy
  • Neuropathy
  • Paralysis
  • Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA)
  • Adhesive capsulitis
  • Brachial neuritis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Chronic arthritis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Intussusception
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
  • Miller Fisher Syndrome (MFS)

If you have suffered any of the above injuries or illnesses as a result of a vaccine injury, you could be eligible to claim compensation through the NVICP.

What Is the Claims Process for a Vaccine Injury?

At Dane Shulman Associates, LLC, we urge you not to try to represent yourself in an NVICP claim. Consulting with one of our dedicated vaccine injury attorneys is the best way to maximize your chances of getting the compensation you deserve, and it comes at no personal cost to you. In vaccine injury cases, the court typically pays for all legal fees.

Although the process is designed to be non-adversarial and more expeditious than typical personal injury or civil cases, in reality, vaccine injury cases can be challenging and contentious. You need an attorney who understands all of the legal and medical issues involved in vaccine injury cases.

Once we have determined your eligibility, we can take the following steps to file your vaccine injury claim:

  • Build your case – We will request your medical records and any documentation related to your vaccine injury. This as evidence can help support your claim. We may also hire experts, at our expense, to give testimony in your case.
  • File a petition – We will file a petition with the US Department of Health and Human Services. Rather than a jury, a special master will be appointed to your case. After reviewing your case, the special master will determine whether it meets the eligibility requirements for compensation.
  • Take your claim to court – It’s possible that your claim may be challenged. If this happens, we will defend your claim in federal court. We may bring experts to testify at this time as well.

If we are able to settle your claim without a trial, you can expect your vaccine injury claim to be resolved within one to two years. If we do go to trial, it could take three to four years. But rest assured, we will do everything we can to expedite the process so that you get the compensation you’re entitled to as soon as possible.

Compensation for Vaccine Injury Claims

If you suffered an injury or illness after a vaccine administration, you could be entitled to compensation to cover the cost of:

  • Related medical expenses
  • Lost income if the injury rendered you unable to work
  • Survivor benefits in cases where the injuries were fatal
  • Other related costs

In order to receive benefits, you must prove that:

  • You received a qualifying vaccine
  • The vaccine directly caused your injury, or
  • The vaccine exacerbated an injury or illness you already had

The court must also determine whether the injury or death resulting from the vaccine could have been caused by any other health condition.

Contact a Boston Vaccine Injury Lawyer Today

The attorneys at Dane Shulman Associates, LLC, have been helping victims of injury caused by negligence in the Boston area for over 60 years. Our seasoned vaccine injury attorneys are intimately familiar with the NVICP and have the resources and skills to help you seek the compensation that you need and deserve.

Consult with our attorneys at Dane Shulman Associates, LLC, and let us handle your case for you. Contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation.

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Call (617) 298-2500 or contact us online for a free consultation about a car crash case. You won’t know if you have a valid personal injury claim until we talk to you.

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