Vaccine Injury Compensation Program 2019 Settlements
Updated on April 1st, the National Vaccine Injury Program released their injury and compensation data from 1989 through to the 2019 fiscal year. On average, a petition is not settled until two to three years from its filing, meaning that it is highly unlikely for a petition to be adjudicated in the same fiscal year. The 2019 FY has compensated 276 Petitioner’s so far - totaling in $119,344,851.56 worth of awards being paid out to Petitioner’s across the United States. You can also see updated 2018 FY statistics here.
Historically, the VICP has compensated Petitioner’s the most for injuries and or adverse reactions from the influenza vaccine, DTP (“Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis”) vaccine, followed by the MMR (“Measles, Mumps, and Rubella”) vaccine since 1988. A total of 20,522 petitions have been filed in the VICP since the Reagan Administration spearheaded the creation of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. It is important to note that just because compensation was awarded, it does not always mean a vaccine definitively caused a Petitioner’s injury. In fact, the VICP contends that 70% of total compensation is produced out of a negotiated settlement between the Petitioner and Health and Human Services (“HHS”) upon review of the evidence which allegedly caused the injury and or adverse reaction.
If you are still confused as to how the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program works, below are a few infographics from their site which help explain the process and structure of the program: