The debate about vaccine safety has continued to evolve over the years and tends to resurface anytime a new vaccine is brought to the market for use throughout the US. However, the vaccine injury debate is often centered on the wrong types of injuries. We want to be clear – vaccines can cause injuries, but not in the ways that people think. If you or somebody you love has sustained a vaccine injury in Los Angeles, the Marcarian Law Firm is here to help. Our team has extensive experience handling complex vaccine injury cases, and we know what it takes to help clients recover the compensation they are entitled to.
When we look to the national reporting program for information, we can see that thousands of vaccine injuries are reported each year across the country. However, there is likely an under-reporting of vaccine injuries because there or other causes of these injuries that can hide the true cause. According to data available directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we can see that the most common vaccine injuries include the following:
However, we also have to consider the side effects of various vaccines. Often, vaccine side effects are very mild. However, there are rare cases where a person can sustain serious injuries or even death as a result of a vaccine. Some of the possible serious side effects of vaccines include the following:
Most people do not realize that compensation could be available for vaccine injuries and side effects through the vaccine injury compensation fund (VICP).
VICP was established in the 1980s by Congress after various vaccine makers faced major lawsuits for injuries. Under this system, those who have sustained injuries caused by vaccines can file a claim and the Federal Court of Claims. In order for a claimant to be successful, they will need to show a connection between the injury they have sustained and the vaccine listed on the Vaccine Injury Table.
In 2009, the Marcarian Law Firm filed a petition for vaccine compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, 42 U.S.C. §300aa-10 to 34 (the “Vaccine Program”) on behalf of one of its clients, a then three-year-old baby girl, who had suffered significant neurologic and physical impairments as sequelae of her vaccine-related injury.
The petition sought compensation for injuries allegedly related to the baby’s receipt of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (“MMR”) vaccine, the pneumococcal conjugate (“PCV”) vaccine, and/or the varicella vaccine which she had received as part of her childhood immunizations. After litigating this case for over four (4) years, the Marcarian Law Firm obtained one of the largest compensations awarded in the history of the Vaccine Program to a victim of vaccine injury. The compensation included an amount sufficient to purchase annuity contracts, over Thirty-Three Million Dollars ($33,000,000.00), which would provide for payment of nearly ALL of the child’s needs up until the time of her death.
In addition to the lifetime care obtained for its client, the Marcarian Law Firm also obtained a lump sum payment in the sum of $662,591.70, which amount represents compensation for partial lost future earnings ($381,482.48), pain and suffering ($236,109.22), and home modification expenses ($45,000.00).
Moreover, the Marcarian Law Firm also obtained an additional lump sum of $681,755.02 to pay for all of the claims and liens asserted by the State of California, the Medi-Cal Program.
If you or somebody you love has been injured as a result of taking a vaccine, you need to speak to a skilled attorney as soon as possible. More often than not, the heartbreak of a vaccine injury is compounded by the extraordinary and life-changing costs associated with the care of a vaccine-injured child. Congress has recognized the need for compensation to help lessen the financial burden of the vaccination-injured person and his or her caregivers.
As a member of the Vaccine Bar, Armond Marcarian is among a select group of attorneys who bring vaccination injury claims before the United States Court of Federal Claims. Please contact us for a compassionate no-obligation evaluation of any suspected vaccination injury.