Principles of Vaccine Injury Compensation

If you believe you have been injured by a vaccine, it is imperative that you contact a vaccine lawsuit attorney . There is a three (3) year statute of limitations on vaccine compensation claims.

When a person’s vaccine injury is listed in the vaccine injury table and the injury occurred within the time provided in the table, then causation (the link between the vaccine and the injury) is presumed. A person may still receive compensation when the injury is not listed in the vaccine injury table, but the petitioner must show that their condition was caused by the vaccine (known as the preponderance of the evidence standard).

A vaccine injury lawyer employs several methods to demonstrate causation by a preponderance of the evidence. First, the attorney may show via experts and scientific research that it is medically plausible for the vaccine to have caused the injury. For example, in cases of GBS flu injury, a common scientific theory used by neurologists is molecular mimicry. Second, it is helpful that there is peer-reviewed medical literature supporting an association between the vaccine and alleged disability. The vaccine lawyer may also demonstrate that the petitioner’s injury is medically accepted as a reaction to the vaccine and that the injury took place within a medically accepted window of time after the vaccine to reflect causation.


Finally, a good vaccine injury attorney will also seek to show other potential causes were not present. The most common way of demonstrating alternate causes are not applicable is to demonstrate via prior medical records that the petitioner did not suffer from any preexisting conditions. For example, in GBS flu vaccine injury cases, the lawyer will show via prior medical records that the injured party did not suffer from a preexisting upper respiratory or gastrointestinal infection that could cause GBS.

Other key documents in a vaccine injury claim include a affidavit from the injured party regarding timing and severity of symptoms, medical records, diagnoses of treating doctors, and VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) data. To successfully obtain compensation, seek professional vaccine injury consultation immediately.

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