Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates represents individuals throughout the country in cases involving vaccine related injuries, illnesses, or side effects.
Please call us at (800) 499-2901 or (310) 273-5462 for free legal advice/consultation that is protected by the attorney-client privilege.
Vaccines injure thousands of people, including children and adults, every year. Even though the government mandates that children be vaccinated in order to enroll in public schools, it is well known that a percentage of the population will have an adverse reaction to certain vaccines. Many people who have been injured by a vaccine or have observed an injury to their child are not aware that there is something that can be done for assistance.
Vaccine Injury Lawyer
Jeffrey S. Pop is licensed to practice in the United States Federal Court of Claims and can help recover damages for you or your child for the injuries suffered. If you believe a vaccine injured you or your child, please call Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates to see what assistance can be provided to you.
Vaccine litigation is highly specialized and challenging but individuals who suffer vaccine related illnesses deserve competent representation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)?
- VICP, a federal program, is a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for resolving vaccine injury claims. It provides compensation to people found to be injured by certain vaccines.
- The law requires that claims for vaccine injuries be brought in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (in Washington D.C.) instead of against vaccine manufactures or your health care provider. Each case is defended by attorneys employed by the Department of Justice representing the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
- All vaccine injury cases are presided over by the Office of Special Masters. A Special Master hears the case originally, decides if the claimant is entitled to be paid, and how much will be paid for the claim. The Special Master's decision can be appealed to a sitting Judge before the Court of Federal Claims. Finally, if necessary, the Court of Federal Claims decision can be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Am I responsible for paying my attorneys' fees and costs?
- No. The VICP pays reasonable attorneys' fees and costs separately from any compensation award. Therefore, as a Petitioner, you do not have to pay any fees or costs.
- Vaccine litigation is specialized and complex. You should consult an experienced attorney to help you recover the monetary compensation you deserve.
Who is eligible to file a claim?
- You may file a claim if you received a vaccine covered by the VICP, and believe that you have been injured by this vaccine.
- You may also file a claim if you are a parent/legal guardian of a child/disabled adult who received a vaccine covered by the VICP, and believe that the person was injured by this vaccine.
- You may file a claim if you are the legal representative of the estate of a deceased person who received a vaccine covered by the VICP, and believe that the person's death resulted from the vaccine injury.
- You may file a claim even if you are not a United States citizen.
What vaccines are covered by the VICP?
- Flu (Influenza) Vaccine (TIV, LAIV)
- Diptheria (DTaP, DTP, DT, Td, Tdap)
- Hemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- Varicella (Chicken Pox) (VZV)
- Hepatitis A (HAV)
- Hepatitis B (HBV)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Gardasil and Cervarix)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR, MR, M, R)
- Meningococcal (MCV4, MPSV4)
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough) (DTaP, DTP, Tdap, P, DTP-Hib)
- Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV)
- Polio (OPV and IPV)
- Rotavirus (RV)
- Tetanus (Lockjaw) (DTaP, DTP, DT, Td, Tdap, TT)
- Any combination of the vaccines above
- Additional vaccines may be added in the future
How long do I have to file my claim in the VICP after my vaccinations?
Generally, with respect to a vaccine-related injury, the statute of limitations requires that you file a claim with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims within 3 years from the
onset of symptoms. However, our office recommends filing a claim within 3 years from the
date of vaccination.
- In the event of a vaccine-related death, a claim must be filed no later than 2 years from the date of death.
What damages are compensated if I am determined to be entitled to compensation?
For an injury, you may be paid:
- Past and future medical expenses, custodial care, and rehabilitation costs;
- Lost earnings and/or loss of future earnings potential;
- Up to $250,000.00 for actual and projected pain and suffering.
For a death, you may be paid:
- Up to $250,000.00 as a death benefit for the estate of the deceased.
How often do people experience side effects following vaccination?
In most cases, vaccines cause no or mild side effects (i.e. irritation/soreness around injection site or slight fever). Severe reactions to vaccines are rare, but can be life threatening and have caused death in the past. Examples of severe diseases assocaited with vaccines are: transverse myelitits,
Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), seizures, arthritis. Adverse reactions to vaccines should be taken seriously.
- Any vaccination can cause sharp shoulder pain, upper arm pain, permanent swelling and tenderness at the site of injection, lumps, nodule, injuries to the nerves at the site of injection, rotator cuff injury, frozen shoulder and/or brachial neuritis. If any of these complications from a vaccine administration occur and last over six (6) months after the vaccination or result in a surgical procedure, then you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Do I have to travel to Washington D.C. to resolve my claim?
- No, not ordinarily. Many vaccine injury cases are resolved without a trial. If a trial is necessary, the proceeding will most likely take place in a local venue or by video-conference.
Can you help me even though I don't live in California?
- Yes. Our law firm represents clients from all 50 states who have suffered vaccine related injuries. These cases are filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Contact us for more information. We are here to help and we will try to answer your questions. Please call us at (800) 499-2901 or (310) 273-5462.
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