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Kendra Lippy was a healthy 38 -year -old woman – until she got the COVID vaccine at Johnson & Johnson (J&J). For almost a week, he started experienced headache, abdominal pain and nausea.
Lippy was diagnosed with severe blood clots which afterwards sent most of his organs to failure. He was also left without most of his small intestine – and with crippling medical bills that he said had to be paid by the federal government.
Lippy’s case is one of six that brought federal agencies temporarily stop shooting at J&J in mid-April. His blood was increasing in March. she hospitalized for 33 days, including 22 days of intensive care.
Lippy is now at work and physical therapy, and working to regain basic activities, such as walking 20 minutes at a time or climbing stairs. He has to learn good motor skills, including writing and using a fork, and he needs to know how to walk. He relies on total parenteral nutrition (TPN), a method of feeding that passes through the gastrointestinal tract.
“I always have this deficiency… which limits what I can eat and limits… some activities I can no longer do,” According to Lippy. “Right now, I know that prevents me from getting back to work, which is what I want to do. I’m not someone to be at home. I’m not someone to sit still, I’m not alone. I have something to do.”
Part of his path to recovery included figuring out how to pay for his many medical bills, which add up to $ 1 million.
Lippy wants to see a federal payment system that’s fair to him and others who have been hurt by COVID vaccines. Because the government protects vaccine manufacturers from liability, it cannot sue J&J, Reported by KRDO. He also has no legal route to take the government.
The only current option for people who are suffering COVID vaccine harms is Countermeasures Injury Comprehensive Program (CICP), that rejected most of the applicants. Fewer than one in 10 people receive FEES after application.
The CICP is designed so that an individual who has experienced serious injury from a covered countermeasure may be considered. benefits. Agreed to Managing Health Resources and Services, a countermeasure is a vaccine, drug, device or other substance recommended to detect, prevent or treat a declared pandemic, epidemic or security threat.
To be reimbursed for the CICP, people claiming injury must file within one year from getting the vaccine, according to program website. The internal management staff of the countermeasures program will then determine who is receiving benefits. Staff also reviewed appeals.
As in The Defender reports in March, the CICP was the same as National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) – the government’s compensation system prepared for non -pandemic vaccines that provides an open court process, compensation for pain and suffering and a higher window of availability.
However, there are significant differences between the two programs, which make it more difficult to obtain compensation through the CICP than through the NVICP.
For example, while the NVICP pays some of the costs associated with filing a claim, the CICP does not-people injured by the vaccine are responsible for their own attorney’s fees and expert witness fees. .
As in reported by Dr. Meryl Nass, the maximum payment under the CICP – even in cases of permanent disability or death – is $ 250,000 per person. However, the CICP does not pay until an individual’s private insurance payment has been completed.
CICP is administered internally by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which also supports the COVID vaccination program. This conflict of interest makes the CICP less likely to find vaccine errors, The Gazette reports.
If a CICP claim is denied, the only route of appeal is within DHHS, where the case is being investigated by other employees. DHHS is also responsible for payment, so DHHS will effectively act as judge, jury and advocate.
Agreed to data from CICP, more than 701 claim filings from 2010 were received from individuals seeking compensation for damages. Of the 701 claims, only 29 claims were paid for a total of $ 6 million. Another 452 claims were considered ineligible. There are 210 cases pending.
As of May 26, CICP received 152 claims involving COVID vaccines, and 293 involving other treatments, Said David Bowman, spokesman for the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
The CICP did not pay anyone for non-economic damages such as pain, suffering and damage, according to Stephen Justino, Lippy’s attorney.
“It’s a pathetic inadequate system,” Justino said.
Attorney Renée Gentry, director of Injury Litigation Clinic Vaccine at George Washington University, said Congress should act to allow COVID vaccine claims to go through a more transparent process. Gentry says it’s the easiest way to make sure the system is fair for people like Lippy.
Gentry hopes Congress will allow a more peaceful process later, but it may not help people like Lippy who are already injured, he said.
Agreed with Bowman, in order for the NVICP system to accept COVID vaccine harm claims, vaccines must be recommended for children and pregnant women and must meet specific criteria.
Patients suffering from measles, FLU and other common vaccines can apply for payment through NVICP. However, the NVICP faces a huge backlog of 4,000 cases alleging vaccine harm – and only eight people are working to prosecute them, according to Gentry. It could take two years to get a test schedule and a year just to get an opinion, he added.
“We also need to have a system of fair treatment of people who pose a risk that society needs to take,” he said. Justino said.
Agreed to data released Friday at the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control Vaccine Bad Vacation Reporting System there were 262,521 reports of adverse events following COVID vaccines, including 4,406 deaths and 21,537 serious injuries between December 14, 2020 and May 21, 2021.
Catherine Austin Fitts, the president of Solari, Inc. (publishing in Report by Solari), and managing member of Solari Investment Advisory Services, wrote “Family Financial Disclosure Form for COVID-19 Injections, ”A downloadable form can be used by families to assess the potential financial risks posed by a COVID vaccine.
Fitts said The Defender the form is inspired by Protecting the Health of Children Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who asked him to write about the lack of information in the known disclosure to allow the potentially harmful financial effects of adverse events related to vaccinations in generally, including COVID-19 injection.