vaccine injuries, Rome Clifford Katz & Koerner, LLPIf you or a family member has suffered serious injuries, illnesses, conditions, disabilities, or deaths resulting from receiving a vaccine, including those for COVID-19, Rome Clifford Katz & Koerner, LLP vaccine injury Attorney Tony Stevens can assist you in filing a legal petition with the appropriate federal court or program to pursue compensation.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program covers most vaccines routinely given in the U.S., and its website explains that “for a vaccine to be covered, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must recommend the category of vaccine for routine administration to children or pregnant women, and it must be subject to an excise tax by federal law.”

The list of covered vaccines includes the flu shot and vaccines for issues ranging from diphtheria and hepatitis to measles, human papillomavirus, rotavirus, tetanus, and more – including any new vaccine recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for routine administration.

Petitions seeking compensation for injuries from these types of vaccines must be filed with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) says most people hire a lawyer because filing the petition is a legal process.

“The Court generally will award reasonable attorneys’ fees and other legal costs as long as your petition is deemed reasonable and filed in good faith,” HRSA says on its website.

It’s also important to note that even in cases where there is no finding of a vaccine-related injury, petitioners still may receive compensation through a settlement.

The ability to file vaccine injury petitions arises from the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, designed to be a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system, according to HRSA. “The VICP was established after lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers and healthcare providers threatened to cause vaccine shortages and reduce vaccination rates. The Program began accepting petitions (also called claims) in 1988,” HRSA said.

Filing COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Claims

vaccine injuries, COVID 19 vaccineClaims associated with a COVID-19 vaccine or other COVID-19 related countermeasures must be filed with the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program because these types of vaccines are considered countermeasures. “A countermeasure is a vaccine, medication, device, or other item used to prevent, diagnose, or treat a public health emergency or a security threat,” the HRSA website explains.

The Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP) provides compensation for covered serious injuries or deaths that occur as the result of the administration or use of certain countermeasures, according to the HRSA website, which adds that compensation may include unreimbursed medical expenses (expenses that health insurance did not cover), lost employment income, and the survivor death benefit.

Those who suffered a serious injury or the death of a loved one as the result of a covered countermeasure may be eligible to file a claim for benefits.

It’s important to note that a Request for Benefits Package must be filed within one year of “receiving or using the countermeasure” believed to have caused the injury, condition, illness, or death. Those who file claims must also provide proof that a covered countermeasure was administered or used, according HRSA, which lists the criteria for demonstrating that a covered injury occurred online.

The Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program was created by the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act), 42 U.S.C. §§ 247d-6d, 247d-6e.

Let Us Guide Your Vaccine Injury Petition

Anyone who has been injured or made ill as the result of any type of vaccine should contact Attorney Tony Stevens for a free consultation by emailing him at tstevens@rckklaw.com or calling Rome Clifford Katz & Koerner, LLP at (860) 232-3000.

About Attorney Stevens

Rome Clifford Katz & Koerner Attorney Tony StevensAttorney Stevens focuses his practice of more than 30 years on the areas of Personal InjuryWrongful Death, and vaccine injury. He is licensed to practice in the State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a member of the bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.

About RCKK Law

Rome, Clifford Katz & Koerner is a Hartford-based law firm whose attorneys collectively have more than 100 years of experience in a wide variety of legal areas. Whether you are dealing with a motor vehicle accident, a Workers’ Compensation injury, a Family Law matter, or a business concern, our skilled lawyers will aggressively advocate on your behalf. We represent individuals and businesses in Connecticut and throughout the New England states.