Vaccine Court

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) was created as “a no-fault alternative to the traditional legal system for resolving vaccine injury petitions.”

Vaccine Court

Those who think they have suffered a vaccine injury can file a petition with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims – the Vaccine Court. A court-appointed special master eventually decides if the claim should be compensated or dismissed.

From 2006 to 2017, National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program claims have included:

  • 4,408 claims that were compensated
  • 3,214 compensated claims that were settled and which “cannot be characterized as a decision by HHS or by the Court that the vaccine caused an injury.”
  • only 291 claims that were compensated by court decision and for which “the evidence is legally sufficient to show that the vaccine more likely than not caused (or significantly aggravated) the injury; or the injury is listed on, and meets all of the requirements of, the Vaccine Injury Table, and HHS has not proven that a factor unrelated to the vaccine more likely than not caused or significantly aggravated the injury.”
  • only 903 claims that were compensated by concession and for which “it is more likely than not that the vaccine caused the injury or the evidence supports fulfillment of the criteria of the Vaccine Injury Table.”
  • 2,003 claims that were dismissed
  • $3,454,269,356 that was paid

During this same time, over 3.4 billion doses of vaccines were given!

Since the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program began, in 1988, just over $4 billion dollars have been paid out for 6,706 compensated awards.

Again, “over 80 percent of all compensations awarded by the VICP comes as a result of a negotiated settlement between the parties in which the HHS has not concluded, based upon review of the evidence, that the alleged vaccine(s) caused the alleged injury.”

Although $4 billion sounds like a lot, the most important thing to remember is that the small number of real vaccine injuries are dwarfed by the billions of doses of vaccines given and deaths from vaccine-preventable disease that have been prevented.

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