Vaccine Injury Cases

Vaccine Injury Attorney

Representing Clients in New York & Nationwide

One of the most important medical advances of the past century has been the increasing prevalence of vaccination against serious diseases. Vaccines have saved millions of lives around the world, protecting populations from deadly infections like polio, smallpox, measles, and diphtheria. Despite vaccines’ proven benefits for the overall population, some vaccines have in rare instances, caused serious adverse effects for individuals. If you have grounds to believe that you or a family member has been injured or developed a medical condition because of a vaccination, Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP can help you take legal action to receive fair compensation at no cost to your family.

While Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP is committed to helping victims of vaccine injury or illness, it is important to recognize the overall societal value of immunization. Widespread immunization is intended to produce the effect of population immunity, which prevents disease outbreaks and protects even those who have not been individually vaccinated.

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (VICF) created a federal no-fault compensation system permitting parents to seek compensation for injury or death to a child suffering an adverse reaction to vaccines (including, for example, DPT (Diptheria-Pertussis-Tetanus), MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella), polio vaccines, and Hepatitis B). Parents who file a claim for compensation under this program, unlike commencing a traditional lawsuit, do not need to prove negligence on the part of the vaccine manufacturer or physician but are required to satisfy certain eligibility and causation requirements set forth in the Act. 

Compensation awarded under this program includes payment for all past and future unreimbursed medical expenses, custodial and nursing care, including rehabilitation, special education, vocational training and placement, counseling, emotional or behavioral therapy, residential care, special equipment, and related travel expenses determined to be reasonably necessary.  In addition, compensation is permitted for loss of future income, pain and suffering, and a death benefit award (subject to maximum specified limits set forth in the Act). 

Claims to the VICP that are denied may still be pursued in court as lawsuits against the makers of vaccines or their ingredients. If you have legitimate grounds for a vaccine injury lawsuit or a claim against the VICP, the vaccine injury attorneys of Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP may be able to fight for your compensation without any expense to your family.

If you believe a family member or loved one has developed an illness, condition, or disability because of a vaccine, please contact Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP to discuss the specifics of your case and possible legal options. Your initial consultation is free.