Supreme Court Considering Vaccine Case

The United States Supreme Court is weighing a case which could have implications for hundreds of lawsuits alleging a link between vaccines and autism. While the case is not specifically related to autism, it could determine the course of these cases through the court system.

The subject under consideration is the no-fault system established by Congress which protects vaccine manufacturers from virtually all product liability lawsuits. The 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act requires that such claims use an alternative legal system known as “vaccine court.” This court provides compensation only if your injury is among those officially recognized as caused by a vaccine. You can choose to reject this decision and sue the drugmaker, but there are serious legal hurdles in place to prevent you from doing so.

According to the New York Times:

“... [T]he biggest effect of the court’s ruling, lawyers said, will be on hundreds of pending lawsuits that contend a link exists between childhood vaccines and autism ... [I]n several test case rulings over the last two years, administrative judges in vaccine court have held that autism-related cases did not qualify for compensation.”

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