Robert Krakow To Present on Vaccine Injury Law At Autism One Conference

"Injured in the line of duty...": What is Vaccine Injury? How Often Does It Happen? Are the Vaccine-Injured Getting Justice?

The drafters of the 1986 Federal Vaccine Act referred to the vaccine-injured children that the law was intended to protect as "Injured in the Line of Duty."  The Vaccine Act was conceived to protect the vaccine manufacturers from liability so they would continue producing the vaccines necessary in the fight against infectious disease. It was understood that in public health's war against disease some children would inevitably suffer as collateral damage of the vaccines themselves. At the core of the Vaccine Act is the understanding that vaccines can and do cause injury. Our nation's vaccine policy incorporates this idea and affirms the truth that vaccines can harm. How this happens, and how often, is poorly understood.

Vaccine injury, however, is not openly discussed in the health or legal professions. The Vaccine Act took vaccine injury claims away from traditional civil courts and shepherded claims through an experimental Federal program--the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)--dramatically limiting the rights of the vaccine-injured in the legal process. Vaccine manufacturers were granted unprecedented legal immunity, jury trials were eliminated, damages were capped, and meaningful discovery was denied. The public health authorities overseeing the VICP failed to fulfill a statutory requirement to publicize the vaccine injury program, they have admitted, because publicity would interfere with their primary mission to promote vaccination. 

At present, many medical practitioners fail to recognize the existence of vaccine injury, sometimes claiming vaccines are 100% safe. Even though the real risk of injury from vaccination is not fully understood, state laws guided by federal policy increasingly mandate vaccines for children. At the same time, some individuals injured by vaccines sometimes do obtain compensation for their injuries through the VICP--a remedy that might otherwise be difficult to obtain through traditional lawsuits. 

Is the VICP fair? Does it violate basic rights? Are the vaccine-injured getting justice?


Colorado Springs - Autism One Conference - May 23, 2017 through May 28, 2017

Presentation details:

 Sat, 05/27/2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
 Pike's Peak 


Robert J. Krakow, JD 

Robert J. Krakow, Esq., is the principal at the Law Office of Robert J. Krakow, PC, in New York. He specializes in vaccine injury claims with a national practice, toxic torts, medical malpractice, civil litigation, criminal law, and more. His CV includes:

  • Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York, Bureau Chief
  • Office of the District Attorney, County of New York, Assistant District Attorney

Robert was the chairman of the nonprofit Lifespire, serving individuals with developmental challenges.

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