The costs of a vaccine injury can be substantial. In addition to financial costs such as medical bills and loss of income, individuals diagnosed with vaccine-related medical conditions can experience chronic pain and long-term suffering. As a result, filing a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) can be an important part of the recovery process. In this article, vaccine attorney Leah V. Durant offers some tips for filing a successful vaccine injury claim.
Seek Medical Treatment Promptly
To file a successful vaccine injury claim, you need to prove that you have a vaccine injury. This means that you need to see a doctor as soon after your vaccination as possible. When seeking treatment, explain your symptoms in detail, explain the timing of your symptoms (i.e., how soon you began experiencing symptoms after your vaccination), and be sure to note your recent vaccination.
Collect Your Records
When filing a VICP claim, documentation is key. Among other forms of documentation, you will need your vaccination record and your medical records for the diagnosis and treatment of your vaccine-related injury.
Keep Track of Your Financial and Non-Financial Costs
You will also need documentation of the financial and non-financial costs of your injury. When seeking monetary compensation under the VICP, it is up to you to prove how much you are entitled to recover. This means that you will need documentation of your current and future:
- Medical bills and other out-of-pocket expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
For now, you should focus on keeping track of the losses you are incurring on a day-to-day basis. This means compiling your medical bills, keeping your receipts for recovery-related expenses, keeping track of the days you miss from work, keeping track of your daily pain levels, and making note of any other ways your injury negatively impacts your life.
Learn about the VICP
Filing a successful VICP claim is not easy. There are stringent requirements, and you must be able to either (i) convince the government’s attorneys to settle your claim or (ii) convince a Special Master that you are entitled to compensation under the terms of the program. As a result, before getting started on your claim, it is a good idea to learn more about the VICP. Our FAQs are a good place to start.
Talk to a Vaccine Attorney
The best way to maximize your chances of success is to work with an experienced vaccine attorney. An attorney who is familiar with the VICP will be able to help you meet the program’s requirements—and will be able to do so at no cost. If you think you may have a VICP claim (or if you don’t know and would like to find out), your next step is to schedule a free consultation.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Vaccine Attorney Leah V. Durant
Vaccine attorney Leah V. Durant has helped hundreds of individuals and families file successful claims under the VICP. To get help with your VICP claim (or to find out if you have a claim), please call 202-800-1711 or request a free consultation online today.
Leah Durant Bio
Experienced litigation attorney Leah Durant focuses on representing clients in complex vaccine litigation matters. Leah Durant is the owner and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, a litigation firm based in Washington, DC. Leah Durant and her staff represent clients and their families who suffer from vaccine-related injuries, adverse vaccine reactions and vaccine-related deaths. The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC is dedicated to assisting individuals in recovering the highest level of compensation as quickly and efficiently as possible. To learn more, contact vaccine attorney Leah Durant today.