The VICP applies to all vaccines recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for routine administration to children.

However, to qualify for compensation, the petitioner must prove one of the following:

  • that an injury occurred that is specified in the Vaccine Injury Table
  • that a vaccine significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition
  • that a vaccine caused a condition

As of August 26, 2002, the Vaccine Injury Table included the following vaccines:

New vaccines

These vaccines are covered regardless of whether they were administered individually or in combination or whether they were administered by public or private healthcare providers. When a new vaccine is added to the Vaccine Injury Table, coverage is retroactive for eight years. When the CDC recommends a new vaccine for routine administration to children, it may be automatically added to the table. Claims can be filed for other vaccines; however, the claimant must prove that the injury was caused by the vaccine. Since this can be very difficult to prove, most VICP claims fall within the Vaccine Injury Table.

The Vaccine Injury Table contains guidelines for evaluating whether the injury or death was vaccine-related. For example, a claim that a child’s seizures were triggered by a vaccine must include proof that the child’s first seizure occurred within three days of the vaccine administration.

Furthermore, claims for vaccine-related injuries are only valid if the effects continued for at least six months following the vaccination or resulted in hospitalization or surgical intervention. The claim must be filed within 36 months of the appearance of the first symptoms. Claims for vaccine-related deaths must be filed within 24 months of the death or within 48 months of the onset of the injury that caused the death. Learn more about vaccine claim deadlines here.

New Case Inquiries

If you believe that you or someone close to you may have a vaccine injury claim, please contact our vaccine attorneys today. We have a NO FEE, NO RISK, NO CHARGES EVER policy. Our vaccine injury lawyers will help evaluate your claim based on its merits. You may call us toll free at (507) 344-8888 or contact us online.

We represent vaccine injury claims throughout the United States. Our law firm is dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you get the most compensation possible.