“I am in the process of writing a petition to the U.S. Federal Court of Claims. Respondent is the Secretary of Health and Human Services. I am asking for compensation as a result of a tetanus vaccine injury. Where can I find information as to monies that have been awarded by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?”
Many people are unaware of the potential for injury from what is considered routine vaccination and immunization using approved vaccines.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was established in 1986, following many many reports of harmful effects to children from the DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus) immunization.
Part of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program’s responsibilities include paying out financial compensation to people who have been injured by vaccines.
In their fiscal year 2005 alone, they paid out over $58million dollars in damages, costs and attorneys fees; in the past five years, they have paid out more than $300million dollars in vaccine injury claims including costs and attorneys fees.
General information about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program can be found at http://www.hrsa.gov/osp/vicp/.
Payout and other statistics can be found at http://www.hrsa.gov/osp/vicp/monthly_stats_post.htm.
For more detailed information for your lawsuit, you will probably need to contact the administrators of the program. If they do not provide the information readily, you can try demanding it under the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA), or subpoena it once you have filed your lawsuit.