Although it is relatively rare, people sustain injuries from vaccines every year. The government enacted the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program as a no-fault compensation program whereby petitions for monetary compensation may be brought on behalf of persons allegedly suffering injury or death as a result of the administration of certain vaccines. The intent of the program was to provide individuals a swift, flexible, and less adversarial alternative to traditional tort litigation.
The program is funded by excise taxes on vaccines administered. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 3,593 compensation awards have been made since 1989 when the program started and over $2.7 billion in compensation awards have been paid to petitioners.
Instead of filing a lawsuit directly against the manufacturer of the vaccine, a person injured by a vaccine must file a claim through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. A person filing a claim through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is required to produce copies of medical records to support their claim when the initial complaint is filed. If a person goes through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation program and is not satisfied with the offer, that person may then file a traditional lawsuit.
In order to file a claim with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, the lawyer has to be admitted to practice before the United States Court of Federal Claims. Jacob Paschal, an attorney with Haney Paschal & Romoser, P.C. has been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Federal Claims.
If you have been injured or have a client that has been injured by a vaccine, please contact the attorneys at Haney Paschal & Romoser, P.C. You can call them at 936-295-3712 or contact them through their website at www.hmp-attorneys.com