Affiliated vaccine injury attorney David Carney recently elected to President of the VIP Bar Association
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David J. Carney, Esquire

Vaccine Injury Attorney

Vaccine attorney David Carney, Esq. has recently been elected President of the Vaccine Injured Petitioners (VIP) Bar Association for his work helping people injured by vaccines

After many years of serving on the Vaccine Injured Petitioners (VIP) Bar Association, David was voted in to serve as President of the bar association in June 2023. He will continue to advocate for the interests of those who suffer rare events from vaccines and ensure that their access to fair and speedy justice remains unobstructed. David has helped hundreds of clients receive over $150 million in settlements at no cost to them. No one should have to navigate the complex vaccine injury claim process alone.

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What David and his vaccine injury team can do for you

David helps individuals experiencing SIRVA, flu shot injuries, and other vaccine reactions file a petition for compensation with the Federal vaccine court

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims pays our attorney fees, so there’s no cost to you to work with us. We take the vaccine injury claim process off your hands so you can stay focused on what matters most – taking care of yourself or a loved one affected by a vaccine injury.

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Gabi, a vaccine injury client, talks about her initial conversation with vaccine injury lawyer David Carney that led to a large cash settlement for her vaccine injury case.

Davids Background

David J. Carney, Esquire has been zealously representing victims that have suffered adverse reactions from the administration of vaccines in the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. for the last nine years. Through his efforts in the vaccine court, David has successfully obtained many multi-million dollar and six-figure settlements for his clients in all 50 states.

In his career, David has become intimately familiar and well-versed in handling cases where individuals have been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) transverse myelitis, encephalitis and polymyositis. In addition to routinely obtaining million dollar settlements, David has been consistently successful in prosecuting shoulder injury (SIRVA) cases as a result of improperly administered vaccines. As a trial lawyer, David regularly advocates for his clients in the courtroom and at trial to give each of his clients a voice.

David is an active member in the Vaccine Injured Petitioner’s Bar Association, the organization that advocates for the rights of victims who have been injured as a result of a vaccination. He currently serves as the President of the Executive Board for the Bar Association for 2023-2024 term where he routinely interacts and meets with the Chief Special Master of the Vaccine Court, and representatives from the Department of Justice and Health and Human Services. In addition to his work as President, David routinely lectures at the vaccine conferences and other legal conferences on vaccine-related topics. In 2017-2018, David served as the Secretary of the Executive Board and has been an active member of the American Association for Justice, the national organization dedicated to creating an equal justice system for injured victims, for several years.

Aside from his steadfast dedication to the VIP Bar and AAJ, David is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. Finally, he is also an author of The Legal Intelligencer’s Pennsylvania Causes of Action, all six editions, which serve as a quick starting point for any case containing Pennsylvania civil actions. The books compile outlines and index theories of recovery under Pennsylvania law and provide defenses and applicable statutes of limitation with tables of authorities.

David earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University while also obtaining a minor in Business Law. David then went on to earn his law degree from Widener University School of Law, now the Delaware Law School, where he was a recipient of the Widener Scholar scholarship. While in law school, David was a member of The Widener Law Review for two years and served on the editorial board during his third year. He currently serves as a mentor in the Widener Law Mentoring Program, where he mentors current law students regarding law school and the role of lawyers and judges in the profession.

David was born and raised in the Philadelphia region in large family where he was the second youngest of seven (7) children. One of his sisters was afflicted with Guillain-Barré Syndrome in 2011, which provided a first-hand account of the physical, emotional and psychological struggles that a person with Guillain-Barré Syndrome experiences throughout the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. This close-to-home experience has given David the empathy and passion to represent individuals dealing with the full spectrum of auto immune diseases.

Recent Accolades

Super Lawyers Rising Stars®

Named a Super Lawyers Rising Star®
each year since 2015

National Trial Lawyers 40 Under 40

Recognized by National Trial Lawyers
as a top trial lawyer in 2015


Widener University Delaware Law School Wilmington, DEJ.D., 2010

Widener Scholarship Recipient

The Widener Law Review – Staff Member 2008-09

The Widener Law Review - Editorial Staff 2009-10

The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA B.A, 2007

B.A. in Political Science; Business Law Minor

Legal Community Involvement
Vaccine Injured Petitioners (VIP) Bar Association 2018 – Present
Vice President of Executive Board
Vaccine Injured Petitioners (VIP) Bar Association 2017 – 2018
Secretary of Executive Board
American Association for Justice (AAJ) 2010 – Present
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (PTLA) 2010 – Present
Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ) 2010 – Present
Widener University, Delaware Law School 2014 – Present
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Recent Lectures
Trial Preparation Tactics May 2017
VIP Bar Association Conference
Using Day in the Life Videos in Vaccine Cases June 2018
VIP Bar Association Conference
Emerging Issues in the Vaccine Program November 2018
VIP Bar Association Conference
Vaccine Session Judicial Panel November 2018
U.S. Court of Federal Claims Annual Conference
Vaccine Litigation Montreal 2015
Litigation at Sunrise, American Association for Justice Conference
Amendments to the Vaccine Injury Table Maui 2018
Litigation at Sunrise, American Association for Justice Conference
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Recent Publications/Articles
Pennsylvania Causes of Action All 6 editions
The Legal Intelligencer
The Ins and Outs of Vaccine Cases Summer 2015
AAJ's Trial Magazine
Vaccine Injuries—Protect Yourself Against Blown Statute of Limitations December 2016
The Legal Intelligencer
New Rule Change Makes Vaccine Court More Petitioner Friendly November 2017
The Legal Intelligencer
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