Victims of Vaccine Injuries Can Recover Costs of Future Medical Care

Victims of Vaccine Injuries Can Recover Costs of Future Medical Care

Under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, a petitioner’s award may be comprised by four different types of damages:

  1. Past expenses
  2. Future expenses
  3. Lost earnings
  4. Pain and suffering

Future expenses are often at issue when the vaccine injury is permanently disabling.  For example, if a child suffers a encephalopathy after vaccination, resulting in cognitive and physical disability, the petitioner’s vaccine lawyer should be seeking compensation for future costs including therapy, daycare, medication, and all types of other future expenses.  The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program allows compensation for these projected expenses.

Vaccine Injury Life Care Plans

It is almost impossible for a vaccine lawyer or petitioner to calculate the future expenses for treatment of a vaccine injury.  It is a task that requires medical expertise.  Therefore, vaccine lawyers usually turn to medical cost experts called “life care planners” who are trained to evaluate these projected costs.

Life care planners evaluate the petitioner’s previous medical treatment, the vaccine injury prognosis, treating physician’s opinions on necessary future treatment, as well as associated needs such as daycare, special beds or home equipment, etc.  Some common future expenses identified by life care planners are:

  1. Physical therapy
  2. Cognitive therapy
  3. Speech therapy
  4. Counseling
  5. Case manager to oversee and plan treatment
  6. Home care nurse
  7. Medication

The life care planner must not only identify future expenses, but take the analysis to the next level to calculate the actual monetary amount to pay for each expense.  For instance, if physical therapy is needed, the life care planner will have to calculate how many hours per week therapy will take place over the remainder of petitioner’s life, as well as determine the specific types of therapy to be given as each type will have a different cost.

Vaccine injuries such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, encephalopathy or encephalitis, and Transverse Myelitis can be devastating and debilitating.  It is crucial to seek compensation from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for not only past expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, but also for future care.

The national vaccine attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer have dedicated our careers to fighting for the victims of severe vaccine reactions caused by recipients of vaccinations.  If you believe you may have suffered an adverse reaction to a vaccination, please contact My Vaccine Lawyer at (800) 229-7704 for a free consultation.