Back in 1986, the U.S. Congress created the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The original jurisdiction of this Program covered children’s claims of injury resulting from vaccines.
With the necessity of vaccinations and because most children receive several vaccinations for daycare and school, it is of utmost importance that the VICP provide its services and compensations in fairness, due process, and transparency.
A study was recently conducted in both Long Island and New York City to empirically investigate the Program. In the study, claims that the VICP compensated for vaccine-induced encephalopathy and seizuredisorder were examined. According to a report, the VICP has compensated roughly 2,500 claims of vaccine injury since its beginning. 83 cases of “acknowledged vaccine-induced brain damage” that include autism, a severe disorder that affects speech, social communication, and behavior. 21 of these cases brought before the Court of Federal Claims, which administers the VICP, the Court ruled that the petitioners had autism, or described autism. In the 62 remaining cases, the study found settlement agreements where Health and Human Services (HHS) compensated children with vaccine-induced brain damage, who also have autism or an autism spectrum disorder.
To be compensated by VICP, parents must have reported the existence of autism in a telephone interview and have supplied supplemental materials, including medical diagnoses, school records, and a completed standard autism screening questionnaire in order to verify their reports. In 47% of the cases (39 of 83) of vaccine injury reviewed, there is a definite confirmation of autism, or autism spectrum disorder.
This finding is significant, an expert reveals, because the U.S. government has been asserting that there is no vaccine-autism link, and they have been doing this for more than a decade. Perusing publicly available information, the investigative study unveiled the fact that the VICP has compensated numerous vaccine-induced brain damage claims – claims that are closely associated with autism. And this compensation has been happening for more than 20 years!
Ultimately, the purpose of the study’s findings is to spur Congress to action; a thorough look at the VICP is asked for. What are the true possible side effects or outcomes of vaccinations? Are those risks properly revealed to patients and their parents?
When going for a routine vaccination and ending up with a serious brain injury, be sure to seek the assistance of a NY Brain Injury Attorney to help see you through the process of turning in claims and getting the compensation you deserve.