Number of petitions filed for damages caused by vaccines U.S. 1988-2020, by outcome

This statistic presents the number of petitions that were filed with the United States National Injury Compensation Program (VICP) seeking compensation for injury or death caused by select vaccines from October 1988 to January 2020, by outcome. Over this time period 3,327 petitions seeking damages for injury or death from the influenza vaccine were compensated and 536 were dismissed.

Number of petitions filed seeking compensation for injury or death caused by select vaccines in the U.S. between 1988 and 2020, by outcome*

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Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

October 1, 1988 to January 1, 2020

Supplementary notes

* As of January 1, 2020
** Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.
"In the majority of cases, vaccines cause no side effects, however they can occur, as with any medication—but most are mild. Very rarely, people experience more serious side effects, like allergic reactions. In those instances, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) allows individuals to file a petition for compensation."
Note: "Being awarded compensation for a petition does not necessarily mean that the vaccine caused the alleged injury. Over 80 percent of all compensation awarded by the VICP comes as result of a negotiated settlement between the parties in which HHS has not concluded, based upon review of the evidence, that the alleged vaccine(s) caused the alleged injury. Attorneys are eligible for reasonable attorneys’ fees, whether or not the petitioner is awarded compensation by the Court, if certain minimal requirements are met. In those circumstances, attorneys are paid by the VICP directly. By statute, attorneys may not charge any other fee, including a contingency fee, for his or her services in representing a petitioner in the VICP."

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