Vaccine Injury Compensation

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NVIC's co-founders worked with Congress on the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, which acknowledged that vaccine injuries and deaths are real and that the vaccine injured and their families should be financially supported and that vaccine safety protections were needed in the mass vaccination system.

The law preserved the right for vaccine injured persons to bring a lawsuit in the court system if federal compensation is denied or is not sufficient. The U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) reports that by November 2023, the U.S. Court of Claims had awarded over $4.6 billion dollars to vaccine victims for catastrophic vaccine injuries and deaths, not including attorneys fees that are also paid by the VICP. Since its inception in 1988, the VICP has received a total of 26,789 petitions filed for vaccine injury compensation; 1,410 were petitions filed for vaccine related deaths and 25,379 were filed for vaccine injuries. Of these petitions 10,288 (38%) have been compensated, while 12,588 (47%) have been denied compensation. The remaining 3,913 (15%) are at various stages in the compensation process which may include claims awaiting additional information to be provided by petitioners, or a backlog of cases waiting for response from the Department of Justice, which defends the government in VICP cases.

We invite you to learn more about vaccine injury compensation and how to file a vaccine injury claim, and to explore links and resources provided below to aid those who believe that they have suffered a vaccine injury and to raise awareness of the federal vaccine injury compensation program (VICP).

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