Vaccine Injury Law: Vaccine Injuries Covered Under The Vaccine Injury Claims Program (VICP)
The attorneys at Downing, Allison & Jorgenson National Vaccine Injury Lawyers exclusively practice vaccine injury law. They help clients across the nation recover damages after they have been injured by a vaccine. If you need to file a claim with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, this experienced team of vaccine injury attorneys can help.
The Vaccine Injury Claims Program (VICP)
The VICP is a federal program that was founded to assist victims of vaccine injuries in recovering compensation for damages caused by vaccines. In order for a claim to be filed under the VICP, the vaccine that caused the injury has to be specifically covered under the VICP. The VICP uses a table of covered vaccines and the known onset of symptoms, illnesses, injuries or disabilities to determine if a claim will be eligible for coverage. If the victim’s experienced injury or disability is not included in the table, the victim is responsible for proving that the alleged vaccine caused damage. Vaccines covered under the VICP include:
- Tetanus vaccines
- Vaccines containing pertussis antigens or bacteria, such as DPT or DTaP
- Vaccines containing measles, mumps and rubella, such as MMR, MM or MMRV
- Polio vaccines
- Hepatitis B vaccines
- Varicella, or chicken pox, vaccines
- Influenza B or seasonal flu vaccines
- Rotavirus vaccines
- Pneumococcal conjugate and meningococcal vaccines
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines
Currently, the COVID-19 vaccines are not covered under the VICP.
Deadlines For Filing VICP Claims
There are strict statute of limitations deadlines for filing a claim with the VICP. A VICP claim must be filed within three years of the onset of symptoms. In the event of an alleged death due to a vaccine, the claim must be filed within two years of the death.