What, a federal program that works? The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program


It’s very fashionable to mock, denigrate, make fun of and otherwise dismiss Federal programs for their inefficiency and their lack of relevance. However, there are plenty of exceptions…this is one of them.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was established in 1986 the U.S. Congress to compensate those who have been injured as a result of a vaccine. Initially, this Compensation Program was strictly for children’s vaccines. It now covers vaccines that adults take as well.

There is no lawsuit. There is a Petitioner. These petitions are heard before the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington. This Court is sometimes inelegantly referred to as the “Vaccine Court.”

The injuries that can occur, rarely, from vaccines are Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), Transverse Myelitis and Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA).

The Judges who hear these cases are called Special Masters, similar to Federal Magistrates. There rulings are appealed to a Judge of the U.S Court of Federal Claims.

So what makes this Program so great you may ask.

First, it is intended to compensate those who are injured by a vaccine. No matter what fear-mongering you may have heard, vaccines are safe and serious reactions are quite rare. However they do occur. This Program allows people to receive their vaccines, knowing that compensation will be available.

Second, this Program generally shield vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits where there is no evidence of a problem with a vaccine. Vaccines introduce foreign substances into our bodies, when this happens there is a chance, albeit small, that our body will react negatively. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program gives compensation to those injured by vaccines, while permitted vaccine manufacturers to continue to innovate and produce life-saving medication.

We all benefit from being vaccinated. Herd immunity means that if most of us are vaccinated, the rest of the “herd,” meaning population, is protected from conditions such as the flu, measles and mumps.

Third, the Program is fast. While lawsuits can take many years to wind their way through the system, the Vaccine Injury Program works relatively fast, with most Petitions being adjudicated or settled withing eighteen (18) months.

Fourth, the Petitioner, meaning the person who suffered a vaccine injury pays no legal fees. Your vaccine injury attorney will be paid, if attorney’s fees are awarded, by the vaccine injury compensation program. You pay no legal fees or costs to the vaccine injury lawyer. If you are successful in receiving compensation, you keep 100% of the amount, you pay nothing to the vaccine injury law firm.

The National Vaccine Injury Program exists to help those injured by a vaccine. It encourages vaccinations. It incentivizes vaccine manufacturers to continue to innovate and produce life-saving vaccines. The vaccine injury petitions are moved with care and speed through the Court of Federal Claims and lastly, you may no legal fees.

The Program is not perfect, but it works and works well.

Howard Gold is a Vaccine Injury attorney and lawyer. Gold Law Firm is a Vaccine Injury Law Firm exclusively assisting those injured by vaccines.


Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund July 2016

Attached please find a breakdown including balance of the Vaccine Injury Trust Click here

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program provides compensation to those injured by a vaccine. What are the most common injuries? SIRVA Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration and injuries from the flu shot, including GBS Guillain Barre Syndrome and Transverse Myelitis.

These injuries, along with others, are very rare. Vaccines are safe and should be administered in consultation with your medical professionals.

However if you or a loved one do suffer a vaccine injury, please contact Gold Law Firm, LLC, and speak to one our vaccine injury lawyers. Vaccine Injury Law is all we do. You need the expertise of a vaccine injury attorney.

contact us at info@goldlawfirm.net or 781-239-1000.

August is Immunization Awareness Month

We all need shots (also called vaccinations or immunizations) to help protect us from
serious diseases. To help keep our community safe, Gold Law Firm, the national vaccine injury law firm is proudly
participating in National Immunization Awareness Month.
Shots can prevent serious diseases like the flu, measles, and pneumonia. It’s important
to know which shots you need and when to get them.
• Vaccine Injury Attorney, Howard Gold, has seen the benefits of vaccinations. Gold said, “The risks of not getting your recommended vaccines far outweigh the very small risk of a vaccine injury.” Gold, a vaccine injury expert for more than twenty (20) years, went on to say that, “vaccine injuries do occur, but rarely, and vaccine injury compensation is available. But most importantly, get vaccinated”

Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu vaccine every year. Other shots
work best when they are given at certain ages.
• If you have a child age 6 or younger, find out which shots your child needs.
• Find out which shots adults and teenagers need.


• Use this chart for adults to see if you are up to date on your shots.

• If you are pregnant, check out this recommended immunization schedule.


Talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure that everyone in your family gets the shots
they need. To learn more, visit Gold Law Firm at usvaccineinjurylaw.com


Vaccines save lives. They keep our children, our families and our neighbors healthier, even those who do not get vaccinated. So every time someone ignorantly speaks out in opposition to vaccinations, other people get harmed.
It’s called herd immunity. As pediatrician Dr. Steven Hirsh has expertly opined, the routine use of vaccines is arguably one of the greatest medical interventions of all time. Childhood disease and death rates have dramatically declined as a direct result of mass vaccinations. Parents, doctors and scientists alike should be proud of the tremendous contribution that vaccines have made to the health of our children and our community.

However, you may have read about the recent surge in ongoing measles outbreak in the United States has reached a record for any year since the disease was eliminated in this country 14 years ago, with 288 cases of the potentially deadly infection reported in 18 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated recently.

Anne Schuchat, Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases has said that “in the United States, the number of people who choose not to be immunized for religious, philosophical or personal reasons has begun to become a public health problem.”  Others are unaware of, or unable to get, vaccinations before they arrive in the United States. A small number of adults can lose their immunity over time and may need to be re-vaccinated.

Unfortunately, many adults chose not to vaccinate their children with the MMR (Mumps, Measles, Rubella) vaccine because of baseless fears that the vaccine was tied to the onset of Autism. It is understandable for parents to seek answers and to advocate for their children. But when celebrities or uninformed politicians use their soap box to spread falsehoods linking autism to a vaccination, this advocacy becomes dangerous. These theories, by the way, are not accepted by the medical community, have no reliable scientific evidentiary support and have been specifically rejected before the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Here are the facts:
1. Immunizations can save your child’s life. 2. Immunizations are very safe and effective. 3. Immunization protects others you care about. 4. Immunizations can save your family time and money. 5. Immunization protects future generations.
While injuries due to vaccines are rare, they do occur. In 1986, Congress created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in order to compensate those who have been injured as a result of a vaccination. However, the risks of not vaccinating are almost immeasurably greater than the risk of incurring a vaccine-related injury.

Reactions are reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) Children and adults alike should be receiving all of their mandatory vaccinations. However, it’s important to talk to your health care practitioner about the risks.
There is nothing inherently wrong with any particular vaccine but the fact remains that each person is different and reacts differently to each vaccination. That is why it’s essential that the public be aware of a Program intended to compensate them if they do, in fact, have a reaction.
Injured parties have three (3) years from the onset of the injury (or two years from date of death) to file a claim in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

The Program is not used as much as it could be because the American public is just not aware of it. We all need to do a better job in getting the word out to the public that the Program exists, but first and foremost….get yourself and your children vaccinated, today.