Washington Vaccine Attorney

Vaccine attorney Phyllis Widman, Esq. is admitted to file claims for vaccine related injuries occurring in the State of Washington. The admission to practice in the Court of Federal Claims, the Court in which vaccine injury claims are heard, allows specially admitted attorneys such as Phyllis Widman, Esq. to bring vaccine injury claims in all 50 states and D.C., including Washington. Whether you are in Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Spokane, Olympia, Vancouver, or anywhere in between, the astute team Widman Law Firm is ready to provide you with high quality legal representation for your vaccine injury claim across the state of Washington.

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

In the 1970’s and 80’s, makers of the Pertussis vaccine came under heavy legal fire from parents who accused the vaccine of causing brain injury in their children. The lawsuits and public backlash which followed were enough to force drug companies to stop producing the vaccine. By 1985, only one maker of the Pertussis vaccine was left in the States.

Seeing the drop in vaccination rates forced the U.S. Government to step in, and in 1986, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act was passed by Congress. This Act protected drug companies from liability in the event of vaccine injuries; instead of suing the manufacturers directly, vaccine-injured people would need to address the government itself. The process by which people could file those claims against the government was created as an arm of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and called the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

As of 2023, the VICP has awarded billions of dollars in compensation to people damaged by vaccines and vaccine administrations.

Of the vaccines covered by the program, the flu shot appears most frequently, accounting for just over 60% of the decisions made by the VICP. The most common injury seen in vaccine court is SIRVA, or Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration: a collection of conditions which affect the site of vaccine administration (most commonly the shoulder), and which usually come about as a result of administration by under-trained pharmacy technicians.

While the VICP is a part of the U.S. Court of Federal claims, and is therefore a legal system, claimants rarely need to physically appear in court. Due to the national jurisdiction of the program, as well as the medical condition of some of its claimants, VICP proceedings are handled via video conference across all 50 states. When filing in the VICP it is advised to proceed with an experienced vaccine attorney, though petitioners do have the right to represent themselves if they wish to exercise it. Further, the program pays its petitioners’ legal fees, or legal costs if they represented themself, so the injured never lose a portion of their compensation.

Compensation from the VICP may include:

  • An award for pain and suffering, up to $250,000;
  • Reimbursement of lost income;
  • Reimbursement of medical costs;
  • Projected future cost of living expenses;
  • If a vaccine resulted in death, a death benefit up to $250,000 may be granted

Note: the pain and suffering and death benefit awards are limited to $250,000, but other amounts paid out by the program are uncapped and may stretch well into the millions, depending on the case and the needs of the injured.

The Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program

While the VICP covers certain injuries caused by some common vaccines, it doesn’t cover all of them, and it only covers vaccines. The Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program, or CICP, further extends that coverage to medical countermeasures developed in a time of emergency. One such example of a public health crisis is the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-related countermeasures make up more than 95% of all injury and death claims filed in the CICP.

The COVID-19 vaccine accounts for most of those claims.

The CICP shares some similarities with the VICP, but it also differs greatly. Firstly, the CICP is not a legal system like its sister program; instead, the CICP follows an administrative protocol. Claims are received and processed solely by medical staff employed by the Department of Health and Human Services, excluding opposing counsel and judges.

Also unlike the VICP, the CICP is considered a “last resort” payment program. To that end, the CICP does not grant a pain and suffering award, but it will grant up to $379,000 in lost wages, a “reasonable” reimbursement for medical and cost of living expenses, or if a death occurred from a covered countermeasure, a benefit of up to $370,000 for the estate.

Experienced Vaccine Lawyers Who Will Fight for YOU

At Widman Law Firm, we fight for our injured clients in vaccine court every day. We’ve won millions in compensation for victims of vaccine injury, whose damages run the gamut from acute and moderate to severe and life-altering. We’ve fought for them, and now we’re ready to fight for you. Call or send us an email today to learn more about either the VICP or the CICP program and how we can begin filing your claim for compensation.

NOTE: there is a strict time limit of THREE years from the onset of injury symptoms to file in the VICP, and only ONE year from the administration of the countermeasure to file in the CICP. Once the statute of limitations has expired on your claim, you will no longer be eligible to file in either program. DO NOT WAIT.

Client Reviews
"Phyllis Widman and her staff are the type of people you want fighting for you. They are organized, tenacious, thorough and compassionate. They understand how to work with the government and medical communities. If you are lucky to have Phyllis and her team work for you, you will be successful with your case." Bob and Ann, Waretown, NJ
"I can sit here and write you a book about how hard she works for her clients. Long story short All around great lawyer highly recommended" Anonymous
"Phyllis Widman, and staff, after years of continuous working on my behalf, keeping in touch with me every step of the way, for years, was happy to inform me that we had won the case. It wasn't easy, but she never gave up. Always answering my emails, and on top of my case. If you are looking for someone you can trust, and have faith in her and her team, will try very hard to get the right and fair results for you." Jim S.
"I hired Phyllis Widman to assist me with the denial of my religious exemption for the COVID vaccine and employment termination by my employer. Phyllis was extremely knowledgeable and clearly explained to me about my legal rights and the legal process. I found her to be very efficient, organized, and passionate about her work and I especially liked that she really cared about me as a person and truly wanted what was best for me. I am very grateful to say, I did have a successful outcome. The religious exemption denial was overturned and I am back to work. I highly recommend Phyllis Widman." Kimberly R.
"Phyllis and her team took care of everything after my injury. When I was hurt, I was unsure who to speak to, as I'm quite young and typically "let things go." After a few recommendations and the first phone call I knew I was in good hands. I don't know where I'd be right now if I didn't make that simple first phone call. A thank you just isn't enough, but thank you so so much for what your firm does." Anonymous
"My experience with Phyllis Widman was excellent. I know that I would not have had the successful outcome that I did without the expertise and specialty training of Phyllis Widman. Phyllis worked tirelessly to make sure that my concerns were addressed, and my needs were met. Phyllis is extremely personable, friendly, comforting and very relatable. She is so well versed in the field of vaccine injury law. I am extremely fortunate to have found Phyllis for my case and would highly recommend her to anyone in search of a truly compassionate professional." Kristen M.