The Vaccine Court looks at the mysterious and often unknown world of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), the only recourse for seeking compensation for those who have been injured by a vaccine.
Author: Wayne Rohde
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Health & Fitness
A hard look at the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and the families desperately trying to navigate their way through it. The Vaccine Court looks at the mysterious and often unknown world of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), the only recourse for seeking compensation for those who have been injured by a vaccine. The NVICP, better known as the ”Vaccine Court,” however, is not without controversy. Established by Congress as a direct result of the passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the NVICP was supposed to offer a no-fault alternative to the traditional injury claims filed in state or federal courts and was to provide quick, efficient, and fair compensation for those who have been injured by vaccines. The reality, however, is that many cases take several years or longer to complete and require tremendous commitment from families already pushed to the brink of bankruptcy caring for the vaccine-injured family member, only to discover that the end result is manipulated by the government in defense of the US vaccine policy. Mr. Rohde looks into the inner workings of the US Federal Claims Court and the NVICP. He interviews families who have filed petitions and won compensation, families who have been denied compensation, and families still waiting for a decision. By highlighting the journeys of these families—their efforts to find attorneys willing to represent them, the filing of their petitions, and the subsequent mountain of paperwork, medical records, and other documents that span years—Mr. Rohde exposes the bitter truth behind the NVICP. Through his thoughtful interviews and fact-finding research, The Vaccine Court sheds light on how the NVICP has evolved into something far more treacherous than what Congress envisioned with the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in 1986.
The vaccine court is part of the social contract of our immunization social order
and a solution to a problem, invented at a particular political moment. What
exactly was the problem the vaccine court was established to solve, and how was
Author: Anna Kirkland
Publisher: NYU Press
The so-called vaccine court is a small special court in the United States Court of Federal Claims that handles controversial claims that a vaccine has harmed someone. While vaccines in general are extremely safe and effective, some people still suffer severe vaccine reactions and bring their claims to vaccine court. In this court, lawyers, activists, judges, doctors, and scientists come together, sometimes arguing bitterly, trying to figure out whether a vaccine really caused a person’s medical problem. In Vaccine Court, Anna Kirkland draws on the trials of the vaccine court to explore how legal institutions resolve complex scientific questions. What are vaccine injuries, and how do we come to recognize them? What does it mean to transform these questions into a legal problem and funnel them through a special national vaccine court, as we do in the U.S.? What does justice require for vaccine injury claims, and how can we deliver it? These are highly contested questions, and the terms in which they have been debated over the last forty years are highly revealing of deeper fissures in our society over motherhood, community, health, harm, and trust in authority. While many scholars argue that it’s foolish to let judges and lawyers decide medical claims about vaccines, Kirkland argues that our political and legal response to vaccine injury claims shows how well legal institutions can handle specialized scientific matters. Vaccine Court is an accessible and thorough account of what the vaccine court is, why we have it, and what it does.
Third, to accept Cyanamid's argument—that the Schafer family cannot collect
both a Vaccine Court award and loss of consortium tort damages—would create
judicial inconsistency. The Vaccine Court has held that a parent can both obtain
Author: Arthur Best
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
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Author: Harold Buttram M.D.;Christina EnglandPublish On: 2011-02-14
According to the Vaccine Court: “There is a logical sequence of cause and effect
in petitioner's having received the vaccination and then experiencing optic
neuritis, the first symptom of her Devic's Disease, a variant of MS. As discussed,
Author: Harold Buttram M.D.;Christina England
In 1971 Norma Guthkelch, retired neurosurgeon, published the first description of the Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Within the next several years John Caffey, pediatric radiologist, wrote several articles supporting the SBS theory. Very soon after, when infants were brought into hospital emergency rooms in the U.S.A. with brain hemorrhages without known accidental explanations such as auto accidents or high distance falls, almost routinely the hemorrhages have been attributed to SBS or related diagnoses resulting in criminal conviction of parents or caretakers. These and other issues such as inflicted child abuse, non-accidental trauma, failure to protect, and other diagnoses are reviewed in this book “Since the original introduction of the SBS theory, conclusive evidence has emerged proving that these prosecutions have been founded upon tainted medical opinions and fundamentally flawed scientific methodology (i.e. junk science). It requires little imagination to understand the significant mental pain which parents undergo while grieving over the death of a child, as frequently occurs in these cases. Accusing this parent of murdering their child (with no real evidence) and putting the entire strength of the state behind this accusation is monstrous, when the entire accusation pivots upon facts which are now known to be false. Loss of job, loss of family and community ties follow the accusation. Moreover, the general public, the grand and petite juries, the states and the parties, all have an overwhelmingly strong interest in knowing if these prosecutions are founded upon reasonable interpretation of the facts – or – if the accusations are built around falsehoods and scientific impossibilities.” Quoted from the writings of Kent Holcomb.
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ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT [February 22, 2011] JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR, with
whom JUSTICE GINSBURG joins, dissenting. Vaccine manufacturers have long
Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy David
Kirby. decided to litigate. They would file suit in Georgia state court, and wanted
to be represented by the Atlanta firm of Evert & Weathersby, which had signed on
Author: David Kirby
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Health & Fitness
In the 1990s reported autism cases among American children began spiking, from about 1 in 10,000 in 1987 to a shocking 1 in 166 today. This trend coincided with the addition of several new shots to the nation's already crowded vaccination schedule, grouped together and given soon after birth or in the early months of infancy. Most of these shots contained a little-known preservative called thimerosal, which includes a quantity of the toxin mercury. Evidence of Harm explores the heated controversy over what many parents, physicians, public officials, and educators have called an "epidemic" of afflicted children. Following several families, David Kirby traces their struggle to understand how and why their once-healthy kids rapidly descended into silence or disturbed behavior, often accompanied by severe physical illness. Alarmed by the levels of mercury in the vaccine schedule, these families sought answers from their doctors, from science, from pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines, and finally from the Center for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration-to no avail. But as they dug deeper, the families also found powerful allies in Congress and in the small community of physicians and researchers who believe that the rise of autism and other disorders is linked to toxic levels of mercury that accumulate in the systems of some children. An important and troubling book, Evidence of Harm reveals both the public and unsung obstacles faced by desperate families who have been opposed by the combined power of the federal government, health agencies, and pharmaceutical giants. From closed meetings of the FDA, CDC, and drug companies, to the mysterious rider inserted into the 2002 Homeland Security Bill that would bar thimerosal litigation, to open hearings held by Congress, this book shows a medical establishment determined to deny "evidence of harm" that might be connected with thimerosal and mercury in vaccines. In the end, as research is beginning to demonstrate, the questions raised by these families have significant implications for all children, and for those entrusted to oversee our national health.
summary judgment in their favor , claiming that the Vaccine Act preempted the
Ferraris ' claims . The trial court found that the preemption doctrine applied and
granted partial summary judgment to the vaccine defendants on the Ferraris ...
overzealous vaccination disfigured a child's arm. Public-health officers enforced the vaccination law with routine inspections, and any parent refusing to comply
was fined and forced to pay for the costs of prosecuting the case. Some deemed
Author: Ross A. Slotten
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
During their lifetimes, Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin shared credit and fame for the independent and near-simultaneous discovery of natural selection. Together, the two men spearheaded one of the greatest intellectual revolutions in modern history, and their rivalry, usually amicable but occasionally acrimonious, forged modern evolutionary theory. Yet today, few people today know much about Wallace. The Heretic in Darwin's Court explores the controversial life and scientific contributions of Alfred Russel Wallace—Victorian traveler, scientist, spiritualist, and co-discoverer with Charles Darwin of natural selection. After examining his early years, the biography turns to Wallace's twelve years of often harrowing travels in the western and eastern tropics, which place him in the pantheon of the greatest explorer-naturalists of the nineteenth century. Tracing step-by-step his discovery of natural selection—a piece of scientific detective work as revolutionary in its implications as the discovery of the structure of DNA—the book then follows the remaining fifty years of Wallace's eccentric and entertaining life. In addition to his divergence from Darwin on two fundamental issues—sexual selection and the origin of the human mind—he pursued topics that most scientific figures of his day conspicuously avoided, including spiritualism, phrenology, mesmerism, environmentalism, and life on Mars. Although there may be disagreement about his conclusions, Wallace's intellectual investigations into the origins of life, consciousness, and the universe itself remain some of the most inspired scientific accomplishments in history. This authoritative biography casts new light on the life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace and the importance of his twenty-five-year relationship with Charles Darwin.
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the JudiciaryPublish On: 1996
cans zo I-'Jd cine Court awards. A victim who obtains such an award may
hesitate to give up that bird in the hand in return for a larger, but more speculative
, tort law award. And, a petitioner to whom the Vaccine Court gives nothing may
see no ...
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary
LEGAL LIABILITY AND COMPENSATION FOR VACCINE-RELATED INJURIES
Unless Congress takes some definitive ... liability and compensation for vaccine-
related injury will continue to be made on a case-by-case basis by the courts.
Id . Although claims brought by parents pertaining to death of child , who ingested
oral polio vaccine and subsequently developed fatal brain tumor , had to be filed
with the Vaccine Court pursuant to National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act , that ...
The Committee stresses that there should be no misunderstanding that the Act
undertook to decide as a matter of law whether vaccines were unavoidably
unsafe or not . This question is left to the courts to determine in accordance with ...
So long as a given injury occurred within a defined period of time following the
administration of a vaccine, the court would assume causality without petitioners
needing to provide further evidence. This “no fault” standard was the most ...
Author: Seth Mnookin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
WHO DECIDES WHICH FACTS ARE TRUE? In 1998 Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist with a history of self-promotion, published a paper with a shocking allegation: the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine might cause autism. The media seized hold of the story and, in the process, helped to launch one of the most devastating health scares ever. In the years to come Wakefield would be revealed as a profiteer in league with class-action lawyers, and he would eventually lose his medical license. Meanwhile one study after another failed to find any link between childhood vaccines and autism. Yet the myth that vaccines somehow cause developmental disorders lives on. Despite the lack of corroborating evidence, it has been popularized by media personalities such as Oprah Winfrey and Jenny McCarthy and legitimized by journalists who claim that they are just being fair to “both sides” of an issue about which there is little debate. Meanwhile millions of dollars have been diverted from potential breakthroughs in autism research, families have spent their savings on ineffective “miracle cures,” and declining vaccination rates have led to outbreaks of deadly illnesses like Hib, measles, and whooping cough. Most tragic of all is the increasing number of children dying from vaccine-preventable diseases. In The Panic Virus Seth Mnookin draws on interviews with parents, public-health advocates, scientists, and anti-vaccine activists to tackle a fundamental question: How do we decide what the truth is? The fascinating answer helps explain everything from the persistence of conspiracy theories about 9/11 to the appeal of talk-show hosts who demand that President Obama “prove” he was born in America. The Panic Virus is a riveting and sometimes heart-breaking medical detective story that explores the limits of rational thought. It is the ultimate cautionary tale for our time.
Court of Appeals. Plaintiff responded that the Vaccine Act does not bar the family
members of a person who suffered a vaccinerelated death from bringing a tort
action to obtain compensation for their own injuries . Further , unlike the decedent
The reason is that the costs of the tort law approach depend very greatly on the
willingness of the vaccine injured to bring suit and to hold out for a successful court judgment or a generous out-of-court settlement. To illusrate: GAO has
This development was but the latest twist in a revolving relationship between
state and federal courts , federal legislators , and what had come to be known as the " Vaccine Court ” ( the U . S . Court of Federal Claims ) [ 42 U . S . C . 300aa11
1992 ) . covered under the Vaccine Act may be heard in state court , following
exhaustion at the Federal Court of Claims . The fed - eral issues raised were
certainly not substantial enough for Congress to completely preempt any state
2d 1201 ( D. Or . 2002 ) , the court held that state law claims regarding the vaccine preservative thimerosal were not preempted by the Vaccine Act . The
plaintiffs brought this action in state court as a potential class action on behalf of
In January 2003 , the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Louisiana in Case v . Merck also issued a stay on an individual case citing
essentially the same reasons given by the Vaccine Court . The Court noted that
the Vaczine ...