You know the common statements, “I hate them damn attorneys. They get everything all screwed up.” “Don’t want them messing in my life.” Or “the lawyer that represents the insurance company is stalling.” Pretty common, until the day you need one.
With the upcoming 30th anniversary of the signing into law by President Ronald Reagan (Nov 14, 1986) of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA), I want to start the conversation about several areas of injustice of this Act. Since the Act was drafted by several lawyers in Congress, let’s start there.
With the attorneys.
And here is why.
The signing of the NCVIA in 1986 established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) or commonly known as the Vaccine Court. The law also established VAERS, requires the CDC to develop and distribute vaccine information statements (VIS) for each vaccine administered, established a committee within the Institute of Medicine to review the literature on vaccine reactions, and created the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund to provide compensation for injuries or death from childhood vaccines.
Note that we mentioned childhood vaccines, not vaccines administered to adults.