Nationwide Vaccine Injury Lawyer – Christopher D. Fletcher

About The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP)

Vaccines are designed to sharpen our immune system's response to harmful diseases. While vaccines are responsible for saving the lives of many by reducing or eliminating the threat of disease, for some, vaccines can cause severe injuries. Such injuries may have lifelong consequences requiring costly medical assistance and support for those affected. Vaccines, like any medicine, can cause side effects, but most are very rare and very mild. In some cases, a vaccine can cause a serious problem, such as an injury or allergic reaction due to the improper application of the vaccine or the vaccine itself.

After a series of lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies threatened to cause vaccine shortages, The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) was created by Congress as a no-fault, streamlined system for compensating individuals who are injured by vaccines out of a Vaccine Injury Fund financed by excise taxes on pharmaceutical companies. The law requires that claims for vaccine injuries be processed in the United States Court of Federal Claims. In these instances, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program may provide financial compensation to individuals who file a petition and who are found to have been injured by a NVICP-covered vaccine. Even in cases where such a finding is not made, petitioners may still receive compensation through a settlement if it is determined that the injury was more likely than not caused by a vaccine.

Do I need an Attorney?

Yes. Do not attempt to represent yourself in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program if you can hire a lawyer. Hiring a vaccine attorney comes at no financial cost to you because the United States Court of Federal Claims pays the attorney's legal fees separately and at the conclusion of your claim. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was designed to be non-adversarial and non-litigious, but in reality, it's often a very difficult, hard-fought, and legalistic process involving complicated legal, medical, and factual issues. You need an attorney who knows how to litigate vaccine cases because petitions are treated as lawsuits and will be opposed by the federal government's attorneys.

What is the Cost of Hiring a Vaccine Attorney?

Legal representation for your vaccine injury comes at no financial cost to you. You are not responsible for any legal fees and you get to keep 100% of your compensation. Instead, all attorney's fees are paid separately by the United States Court of Federal Claims out of the Vaccine Injury Fund after your case has already been settled. Once we agree that there is a reasonable basis to file your case, our vaccine attorney's services come at no risk and no charge to you - ever, whether you win or lose. The only requirement is that the case be filed "in good faith and with a reasonable basis." Once our vaccine lawyer has reviewed your case and determined that it meets these standards of good faith and reasonable basis, your vaccine case will be filed with the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Many individuals who suffer an adverse reaction to a vaccine are unable to pay the legal costs of filing and maintaining a lawsuit. Our firm will pay the costs of litigating your case including expert witness fees, costs associated with obtaining medical records, and most other costs associated with litigating a vaccine injury claim. At the conclusion of your case we will seek repayment of those costs from the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Vaccines Covered under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

  • Trivalent Influenza ("flu") vaccines
  • Tetanus Toxoid, alone, or in combination with other vaccines (for example, TT, Td)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis or any combination of Diphtheria, Tetanus Toxoid, and Pertussis ("Whooping Cough") antigen-containing vaccines (for example, DTP, DTaP, P, DTP-Hib)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella or any combination of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella ("German Measles") virus containing vaccines (for example, MMR, MR, R)
  • Rubella virus containing vaccines, alone, or in combination with other vaccines (for example, MMR, MR, R)
  • Measles virus containing vaccines, alone, or in combination with other vaccines (for example, MMR, MR, M)
  • Polio live virus containing vaccines (OPV)
  • Polio inactivated virus containing vaccines (IPV)
  • Hepatitis B vaccines (Hep B) • Hepatitis A vaccines (Hep A)
  • Hemophilus influenzae type b polysaccharide conjugate vaccines (Hib)
  • Varicella ("Chicken Pox") vaccines
  • Rotavirus vaccines containing live, oral, rhesus-based rotavirus
  • Pneumococcal ("Pneumonia") conjugate vaccines
  • Human PapillomaVirus vaccines
  • any combination of above vaccines Injuries and Side Effects from Various Vaccine Types

How Long Does the Entire Process Take?

The vaccine claims process is designed to be quicker than civil litigation, and it usually is but with some exceptions. Cases that settle can conclude in as little as a year once it is filed in the Court of Federal Claims. We will work tirelessly to move your claim forward as quickly as possible. We cultivate professional relationships with many of the Judges as well as the Government's own defense lawyers in order to ensure that your claim can be handled quickly and efficiently, as we understand that you could use this compensation and we want you to have it as soon as possible. We will always keep you informed of the status of your case.

Give Us a Call, or Email Us

If you suspect that you or a loved one is the victim of a vaccine injury, give Attorney Christopher D. Fletcher a call right away at (617) 348-0988 extension 243, or email Attorney Fletcher at Christopher.Fletcher@RML-Lawyers.com.

Do not delay. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has very strict filing deadlines that must be met. If you miss a deadline, you may forever lose your right to seek compensation for your injury.