Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyers for Vaccine Injuries
Vaccinations are a part of our modern day health system. Designed to prevent the spread of disease by exposing individuals to a small amount of a virus or disease, vaccines have played a large role in improving the overall health of the American people. For most individuals, vaccinations provide only a minor discomfort or slight adverse reaction such as a small fever or swelling/redness at the injection site. However, approximately 15% of individuals who have experienced an adverse reaction to a vaccination have suffered a serious physical injury that affects their entire life.
Serious and Life Threatening Vaccine Injuries
Vaccine-related injuries include serious medical complications such as high fevers, seizures, life threatening diseases and even death. Devastating neurological conditions including seizures, Guillain Barre Syndrome, Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis and Transverse myelitis have been linked to vaccines. Lasting shoulder and arm pain and numbness are other serious adverse reactions to vaccinations. Individuals injured by vaccinations may face significant expenses related to past and future medical treatment, rehabilitation costs and lost earnings.
Compensation through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
The federal government has recognized the importance of protecting vaccine manufacturers from liability in order to promote continued research and manufacturing of life-saving vaccines. In order to provide financial compensation to the small percentage of individuals seriously injured through the use of vaccines, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1968 which established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Individuals who have been seriously injured as a result of a standard childhood vaccine must bring a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program prior to filing a traditional products liability suit against the vaccine manufacturer or a medical malpractice lawsuit against the physician who administered the vaccine. Vaccine injury claims must be filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims located in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Justice represents the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in these proceedings. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund has an estimated balance of over $2.8 billion available for individuals injured by vaccinations administrated on or after October 1, 1988.
Some of the childhood vaccines covered under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program include:
- DTP, DtaP, T dap, DT, Td or TT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus)
- HAV and HBV (Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B)
- RV (Rotovirus)
- HPV (Papillomavirus)
- Hib (Haemophilis influenzae type b)
- TIV, LAIV (flu)
- MMR, MR, M, R (measles, mumps and rubella)
- IPV, OPV (polio)
- MCV4, MPSV4 (meningitis)
- PCV (streptococcus pneumonia bacteria)
- VZV (chicken pox)
If you or your loved one has suffered a serious physical injury following the administration of one of these childhood vaccines, you may be entitled to compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Program. In addition to the costs of past and future medical treatment, rehabilitation expenses and loss of earnings, injured individuals may receive up to $250,000 for their pain and suffering. The Program itself provides for a separate award for your attorney fees and costs apart from the compensation that you will receive. Vaccine-related claims must be filed within three years of the onset of the symptoms or within two years of a vaccine-related death. Individuals who do not believe they have been fairly compensated through this program do have the right to subsequently file a civil action against the vaccine administrator or manufacturer.
Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyers at the Moyles Law Firm Obtain Compensation for Individuals with Vaccine Injuries in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer, James R. Moyles, Esquire, understands the complexities of federal vaccine compensation law, including the regulations and procedures necessary to obtain an award under the National Vaccine Compensation Program.
Attorney Jim Moyles has worked with countless Pennsylvania families to ensure that they receive the maximum amount of compensation for all their personal injuries, including injuries resulting from the use of vaccinations. His offices are conveniently located in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to service injured individuals and their families throughout Central and Western Pennsylvania. To schedule your free confidential consultation with our experienced personal injury lawyers in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg today, contact us at 412-281-1055 or 717 -233-5400 or submit an online inquiry form.