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To help those injured by adverse side effects from the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out, the Australian government has created a 'Covid-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme'. The scheme is designed to help compensate those who suffered an injury which has caused time in hospital and/or a loss of income due to time needed off work.

Calculating the maximum potential compensation for these claims and making a successful application is complex without expert help.

Murphy's Law Accident Lawyers are at the forefront of vaccine injury law and we run claims with no upfront costs on a no win, no fee basis. Get free and no obligation advice today.

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Our vaccine injury claims are being overseen by our Founder, Donna McMcManus, a leading expert in vaccine injury law. Donna is closely monitoring thousands of articles, studies, reports and legal cases from Australia and around the world to ensure we can back our cases with the strongest arguments and gain the best outcomes from our personal injury clients.

Donna and our vaccine injury lawyer team have a deep and personal understanding of the impacts of vaccine injuries and is passionate about supporting and fighting for each individual. Your injuries aren’t a number to us, you matter!

Covid vaccine side effects covered by the scheme

  • Blood clotting (thrombosis) - this was widely reported as being an associated risk of the AstraZenica vaccine and most commonly occurs 4 to 42 days after vaccination.
  • Myocarditis/pericarditis -  these conditions are inflammations of the heart. These conditions are listed by the Australian Government as rare side effects of the Pfizer covid vaccine and has been more common in men under 30.
  • Severe allergic reactions (anaphylactic reaction) -  Anaphylaxis is an extreme multi-system reaction occurring rapidly after the introduction of a substance that might otherwise be harmless. It can be characterised by severe airway and respiratory problems, cardiovascular issues, mucosal inflammation, and other complications that can cause death if not successfully treated. It is a rare reaction to COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Capillary leak syndrome
  • Demyelinating disorders including Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS)
  • Thrombocytopenia, including immune Thrombocytopenia, identified as a final diagnosis.

Covid vaccine side effects not covered by the scheme

There is some harm and/or side effects that the scheme does not cover including:

  • Getting Covid-19 - the vaccine does not provide complete protection from getting Covid-19, especially with more recent variants.
  • Psychological or psychiatric conditions -  for example, stress, anxiety or shock.
  • Secondary Injuries: In rare cases there can be indirect injuries caused by vaccination, such as fainting or infection at the site of the vaccination (haematoma).
  • Common side effects unless part of one of the qualifying (listed in section above) medical conditions;
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Injection site reaction
    • Muscle or joint pain
    • Dizziness
    • Diarrhoea
    • Pain in extremity - this is pain in our so called upper or lower extremities of the body such as neck, legs, ankles, feet, wrists and hands.
    • Fever or chills
    • Insomnia
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Lethargy
    • Excessive sweating - Classified under scheme rules by the medical term, hyperhidrosis.
    • Loss of appetite
    • A general sense of being unwell - this often comes with fatigue and lack of interest in activities. Classified under scheme rules by the medical term, malaise.
    • Swollen lymph nodes - Classified under scheme rules by the medical term, Lymphadenopathy.
    • Excess sleepiness - Classified under scheme rules by the medical term, somnolence.
    • Abdominal pain
    • Itching - Classified under scheme rules by the medical term, pruritus.
    • Hives or rash -  Classified under scheme rules by the medical term, urticaria 
    • Flu like illness
    • Angioedema - this is a painless swelling under the skin which can be triggered by allergy to a variety of things including medication, venom, food animal dander.
    • Anxiety related reactions such as fainting

Frequently Answered Questions

Should I report my Covid-19 vaccine side effects?

Yes. A doctor suspecting a vaccine side effect should have reported it for you. However, if that has not occurred you are entitled to report it yourself and we recommend that you do so by reporting your side effects via the TGA website.

We recommend keeping copies/evidence related to all information logged about the injury.

What evidence should I retain?

Once you determine that you have sustained an injury from the COVID-19 vaccine, we recommend that you obtain/retain copies of all related evidence including;

  • Consent Form signed at the time of your vaccination;
  • Any additional forms signed at the time;
  • Medical reports;
  • Medical receipts;
  • Incidental receipts (eg parking expenses);
  • Receipts for any assistance required (eg lawn mowing, taxis, etc).
  • You should also create a diary outlining relevant information about what occurred before, during and after you received your vaccination, including details of the effect of the vaccine on you.

Noting down everything you can as you go along is very helpful and sometimes a receipt can help us later when we are trying to identify the date that something occurred.

Are you experienced in vaccine injury law?

Our vaccine injury claims are being overseen by our Founder, Donna McManus, a leading expert in vaccine injury law. Donna is closely monitoring thousands of articles, studies, reports and legal cases from Australia and around the world to ensure we can back our cases with the strongest arguments and gain the best outcomes from our clients.

Donna has a deep and personal understanding of the impacts of vaccine injuries and is passionate about supporting and fighting for each individual. Your injuries aren’t a number to us, you matter!

What happens after I register my interest here?

Firstly you will get an opt-in confirmation email to the email address provided. Be sure to look for this and follow the opt-in link.

After this, we will send you updates and the scheme develops and then, once we know more, those with vaccine injuries will be asked to provide more specific information on your side effects so we can assess your claim and provide options on your legal rights.

What if I've been told my injury/disease is not related to the Covid-19 vaccine but I think that it is?

We still recommend that you register your interest if you have been told by a medical professional that your injury is not related to the COVID-19 vaccine, but you think that it is. These vaccines are relatively new and details about injuries are still unfolding.

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