Lamothe Law Firm’s attorneys are one of the few in the nation designated to practice in “Vaccine Court.” We are specially classified by the Court to assist vaccine injury victims to get financial compensation and at no cost to our clients.
Every year, a small percentage of the population – adults as well as children – suffer adverse reactions to vaccinations which range from shoulder and arm pain to severe neurological conditions such as seizures and paralysis, and in some instances death. Congress in 1986 passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (“the Act”) and established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The Act was passed as a response to a considerable amount of vaccine-related injuries and deaths that resulted in litigation in the early to mid-1980’s.
The Act acknowledges that vaccine injuries and deaths are real and that the vaccine injured and their families should be financially supported. However, the Act takes the position that protections are needed for the vaccine manufacturers of these vaccines to prevent manufacturers from leaving the market resulting in vaccine shortages and reduction of U.S. vaccination rates, in fear of a resurgence of vaccine preventable diseases. Congress passed the Act with the position that by doing so, Congress was recognizing society’s interest in ensuring that this country’s children are vaccinated.
In a nutshell, the purpose of the Act is to protect vaccine manufacturers from civil suits for claims of vaccine-related injuries. An injured party or his/her representative as a result of the Act can no longer sue the manufacturer of the vaccine. The vaccine injured and his/her family must now bring a claim requesting financial support through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (“VICP”) against the federal government – specifically the Secretary of Health and Human Services – before a special court established within the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, commonly referred to as the “Vaccine Court.”
Here’s some more information about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, published by Business Insider: “Inside Vaccine Court”