Attorneys for VICP Claims
There are two federal programs which compensate for vaccine injuries. First, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) compensates for injuries from certain CDC recommended vaccines such as the flu shot. Currently, VICP does not cover the COVID vaccine. Second, the Countermeasure Injury Compensation Program (CICP) compensates for injuries from certain vaccines under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act. This second program covers vaccines and treatments for declared public health emergencies such as COVID and monkeypox.
There can be vaccine injury remedies outside of VICP and CICP. For example, employees injured by mandated vaccines may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Also, persons injured by vaccines not covered under VICP and CICP might sue the manufacturer of the vaccine.
At Fales & Fales PA, our vaccine injury lawyers handle vaccine injury cases compensable under VICP. Those cases can be filed only in Washington, DC in the United States Court of Federal Claims, also known as the vaccine court. Anthony Kirby Ferguson of Fales & Fales is one of only two Maine personal injury lawyers listed by that court as having active bar status to represent vaccine injury clients under this program.
What Vaccines Does VICP Cover?
The VICP has a table listing covered vaccines. The table includes vaccines that are recommended for routine administration to children by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Claims may be filed by adults injured by a covered vaccine as well by parents of children injured by a covered vaccine.
What Injuries are Covered Under VICP?
The VICP table lists specific injuries for each covered vaccine. The injury must have lasted for at least six months OR resulted in a hospital stay and surgery OR resulted in death.
What Benefits are Available Under VICP?
Compensation under VICP is limited to out-of-pocket medical expenses; loss of employment income; pain, suffering and emotional distress, capped at $250,000.00; a death benefit of $250,000.00 if death is a direct result of the vaccine; and, reasonable attorneys’ fees.
What is the VICP Deadline to File?
For an injury, the claim must be filed within three years of the first symptom. For death, the claim must be filed within two years of death and four years of the first symptom.
What is the Cost to Me to File a VICP Claim?
Nothing. Once a claim is settled or a judgment entered, our vaccine injury lawyers will submit an application to the VICP for attorneys fees. Our fees are paid by the VICP, not by our clients.
If you or a family member has suffered a vaccine injury in Lewiston, Maine, contact us online or call us at (888) 526-9408 (toll free) to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.