Each year, more than 100 million people in the United States get a flu shot. Of these flu shot recipients, only an extremely small percentage are diagnosed with vaccine-related injuries. But, while these injuries are rare, they do happen.
If you have been diagnosed with a flu vaccine injury, you should speak with a lawyer about your legal rights.
Why You Should Hire a Lawyer If You Have a Flu Vaccine Injury
Why should you speak with a lawyer? The answer is simple: You may be entitled to financial compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP is a federal program that pays financial compensation to individuals diagnosed with flu vaccine injuries (and other vaccine-related injuries). It also covers claimants’ legal fees, so you can hire a lawyer to handle your flu vaccine injury claim at no cost.
What a Flu Vaccine Injury Lawyer Can Do for You
When you hire an experienced and reputable flu vaccine injury lawyer to represent you, your lawyer will:
1. Determine if You Qualify to File a VICP Claim
Not all flu vaccine injuries are eligible for compensation under the VICP. A lawyer can determine if you qualify to file based on factors including (but not limited to):
- When you first experienced symptoms
- Your specific diagnosis
- How long it has been since your flu shot
2. File Your VICP Claim
If you qualify to file a claim, your lawyer can file your VICP claim on your behalf. A “petition” for compensation under the VICP is a formal legal document, and it is extremely important that your petition includes all necessary information.
3. Deal with the Government’s Lawyers for You
After your lawyer files your petition, government lawyers representing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will review it and determine how they are going to proceed. Typically, they will either (i) dispute the claim and fight it in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (also known as the Vaccine Court), or (ii) acknowledge liability and enter into settlement negotiations.
4. Calculate Just Compensation for Your Injury
Whether you need to take your claim to the Vaccine Court or you have the opportunity to negotiate a settlement, it is imperative to know how much you are entitled to recover. The government won’t calculate your compensation for you, so you need an experienced lawyer who can accurately calculate the value of your claim.
5. Work to Resolve Your Claim in Your Favor
Finally, your lawyer will work to resolve your claim in your favor. If a settlement is on the table, your lawyer will negotiate for maximum compensation based on your individual circumstances. If a settlement is not on the table, your lawyer will fight for just compensation at the Vaccine Court in Washington D.C.
Schedule a Free Consultation about Your Flu Vaccine Injury Claim
If you would like to speak with a lawyer about filing a flu vaccine injury claim under the VICP, we encourage you to get in touch. Please call 202-800-1711 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
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.