Does the COVID-19 Vaccine Have Long-Term Side Effects?
President Biden says all US adults could access COVID-19 vaccines by the end of May, which is significantly ahead of schedule. Whether or not this speculation holds true in two months, the bottom line is vaccines are on the way. Millions of Americans have already received at least one dose, and that number will likely increase exponentially in the coming weeks.
A Pew Research Center study reveals that 19% of US adults received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 50% say they will definitely get or plan on getting the vaccine. This means 69% of Americans either plan to get a vaccine or already have. This is a massive victory.
However, our Denver personal injury lawyer is prepared for the worst. Many people are concerned about the potential risks for serious injuries caused by the COVID-19 vaccine, so accordingly, we are equipped to help clients who’ve been injured from the vaccine.
There is currently no evidence available on the long-term side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, but as the US navigates these uncharted waters, we must anticipate and prepare for chronic side effects and subsequent injuries from the vaccine.
According to the CDC, common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine include:
- Pain, redness, and/or swelling on the arm where you got the shot
- Muscle pain
As mentioned earlier, we still don’t know what injuries could arise from the coronavirus vaccine. What we do know, however, is past vaccines have caused long-term side effects in a small fraction of people. These side effects include:
- Nervous system disorders such as GBS
- Blood disorders
- Immunological diseases
- Brain swelling
- Respiratory injuries
In a time of such uncertainty, it is vital to know your legal options. The federal government is responsible for compensating victims who suffered serious injuries caused by vaccines. As such, our lawyer can explore these legal remedies for clients who have a fighting chance at getting compensation. The odds may be slim, but it’s not impossible.
Can I Sue the Federal Government for Vaccine-Related Injuries?
In short, yes. You can sue the federal government by filing a personal injury claim. However, you will have to overcome some tough hurdles with the help of a lawyer.
Two federal programs compensate victims for serious injuries caused by vaccines: The Vaccine Injury Program (VICP) and the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP). The VICP tends to act in the best interests of the claimant – the person filing the claim – compared to the CICP.
The VICP is a no-fault program that works to provide quick and fair compensation to victims, totaling an average annual payout of $216 million to about 615 claimants since 2015. The VICP pays on about 75% of claims altogether. However, the CICP only compensates for serious injuries caused by vaccines and requires a higher burden of proof. Even then, the chances of getting compensation are low. For instance, the CICP only paid out 39 of the 485 claimants between 2010 and 2020, totaling a payout of $5.7 million. As you can see, the CICP rarely awards damages for victims. But that’s not all:
- The CICP only provides a 1-year statute of limitations
- The program limits award for damages (i.e., it limits lost-income recovery to $50,000 for each year out of work)
- The CICP doesn’t compensate victims for pain, suffering, or emotional distress
- Federal courts do not have any jurisdiction over the CICP, meaning you cannot appeal a decision to a higher court
Despite these downfalls, victims, as well as anyone in the general public, may file a report through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a national early warning system to detect possible safety problems in US-licensed vaccines. Although VAERS does not handle personal injury claims related to vaccines, agencies like the FDA and CDC rely upon VAERS to track potential reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine.
As such, you or your lawyer may submit a report if you experienced a serious reaction to any US-approved vaccine. Your submission may enhance your personal injury claim, although not guaranteed.
How We Can Help
Our Denver personal injury attorney is prepared to help clients who suffered serious reactions from the COVID-19 vaccine. Although there are hardly any reports, if any, of chronic side effects to the COVID-19 vaccine, that doesn’t mean injuries are entirely avoidable. We simply don’t have enough data to know the long-term dangers of the vaccine.
If you believe your injury was caused by the coronavirus vaccine, we can review your situation to determine if you have a claim. If so, we will guide you through your legal options and help you file a claim. Count on us to champion your rights and stand up to the federal government on your behalf!
Reach out to us online or at (303) 732-5048 to learn more!
NOTE: The information above does not constitute legal advice nor medical advice. Our attorneys are not licensed healthcare professionals, therefore, this blog content is intended for information purposes only and not intended to discourage you from getting vaccinated. The WHO and CDC continuously confirm that the benefits of vaccination significantly outweigh the risks of adverse reactions. You should consult with your doctor before taking a voluntary vaccine.