The Chicago area attorney, Gary A. Newland of Newland and Newland, LLP is experienced in vaccine law and represents those injured by a vaccine through the National Vaccine Injury and Compensation Program. Gary as a vaccine lawyer licensed to practice in Federal Court can represent children and adults injured throughout Illinois and the United States.
What is the National Vaccine Injury and Compensation Program?
Congress created the National Vaccine Injury and Compensation Program in 1986 to award compensation to those that had suffered injuries caused by vaccination. Claims for such injuries are filed in the United States Court of Federal Claims, Office of Special Masters in Washington, D.C. Injury claims are heard before a “Special Master” who is basically a judge. The vaccine program is represented by the Department of Justice and the Secretary of Health and Human Services will defend the case. The fund provides for compensation for past and future medical needs, past and future pain and suffering, and future lost wages.
Vaccines that fall under the National Vaccine Injury and Compensation Program
- Tetanus Toxoid
- Dyptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (MMR, MR, M, R)
- Polio live virus (OPV)
- Polio inactivated virus (IPV)
- Hepatitis B vaccines (HAV)
- Hepatitis A vaccines (HBV)
- Hemophilus influenza type b
- Polysaccharide conjugate vaccines (HIV)
- Varicella (chicken pox) vaccines (VZH)
- Meningococcal vaccines
- Human papillomavirus vaccines (HPV)
- Trivalent influenza vaccines
- Pneumococcal (pneumonia) conjugate vaccines (PCV)3
- Rotavirus vaccines containing live, oral, rhesus-based rotavirus
When you have a vaccine claim
- You or your child has been injured by a vaccination
- Oftentimes physicians are unaware of the compensation program and/or unaware of how to diagnose vaccine related issues
- Be aware of changes in behavior following vaccines.
- Seek treatment with a neurologist.
How do I pay for an attorney?
Legal fees related to the Vaccine Injury Fund are paid by the injury fund, so the clients do not pay any fees and costs. Lawyers’ fees are paid by the fund whether you win or lose, as long as the case was filed “in good faith and with a reasonable basis”.
How Long Do I Have To File?
The general rule is you have 3 year to file claim. It can be malpractice if your Doctor does not advise you of the National Vaccine Injury and Compensation Program. Lawyers also often do not provide the proper advice.