Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic condition that has several possible causes, including vaccine administration. When individuals develop CRPS following receipt of a flu shot, hepatitis B vaccine, HPV vaccine or other vaccine listed on the Vaccine Injury Table, they can file for compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
Determining Your Eligibility to File a VICP Claim for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
If you have been diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome following a vaccination, you should speak with an attorney about your rights under the VICP. An attorney who is experienced in handling VICP claims will be able to determine whether you are eligible based on the following five key questions:
1. Did You Receive a Covered Vaccine?
The VICP only provides compensation to individuals who have been diagnosed with vaccine-related illnesses and injuries after receiving covered vaccines. Covered vaccines are those listed on the Vaccine Injury Table, and they include the flu shot, hepatitis B vaccine and HPV vaccine—which are the three primary vaccines that have been linked to CRPS.
2. Did Your Vaccine Cause Your CRPS?
To file a successful VICP claim for CRPS, you must be able to prove that your vaccination is responsible for your diagnosis. This is one of several reasons why it is important to obtain a diagnosis promptly, and it is one of the key reasons why you will want to hire an experienced attorney to represent you.
3. Has It Been At Least Six Months Since Your Vaccination, or Did You Need Inpatient Care?
Under the terms of the National Vaccine Compensation Program, financial compensation is only available to vaccine recipients who (i) have experienced symptoms for at least six months following their vaccination or (ii) require inpatient care or surgical intervention for treatment of their vaccine-related injury or illness. Since CRPS is a chronic condition, vaccine recipients will qualify after the six-month waiting period in most cases.
4. Can You Document the Costs of Your CRPS?
When you file a VICP claim, it is up to you (and your attorney) to prove how much compensation you are entitled to recover. Medical records, employment records and daily documentation of the effects of your diagnosis can all help with establishing the value of your claim.
5. Do You Still Have Time to File a VICP Claim?
Finally, you need to make sure you still have time to file. For non-fatal vaccine-related injuries and illnesses, the VICP requires claims to be filed within three years of the first symptom or other “manifestation of onset.”
Discuss Your VICP Claim for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome with Attorney Leah V. Durant
If you think you may be entitled to financial compensation for complex regional pain syndrome under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, we encourage you to get in touch. To schedule a free initial consultation with attorney Leah V. Durant, please call 202-800-1711 or get in touch online today.
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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.