Natural Health News — Parents who claimed their 10-year-old boy developed autism as a result of being injected with an MMR vaccine when he was a baby have been awarded a lump sum of $969,474.91 (approximately £602,000) in a landmark court decision in America.
Saeid and Parivash Mojabi, from San Jose, California, claimed that son Ryan suffered a ‘severe and debilitating injury to his brain’ after being administered with two measles-mumps-rubella vaccinations in December, 2003 and in May the following year.
They claimed in court papers that Ryan was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The ruling comes less than a year after a judge in Italy awarded £140,000 to an Italian couple who said their son had autism after his routine childhood MMR vaccination. At the same time another US family was awarded compensation for MMR damage to their baby girl.
In August 2012 a young Sottish girl was awarded compensation after it was determined that the MMR left her partially deaf.
This latest judgement – although it doesn’t lay fault for the child’s disability with the drug – fuels anti-MMR campaigners challenging the view of the majority of the medical profession that holds the vaccinations are safe.
No blame for drug companies
The Mojabi’s claim was against the US government which set up a Vaccine Programme. Although a judgement rules whether or not each case is eligible for compensation and the amount – in this case against the US Health Department – it does not, perhaps conveniently, apportion blame.
The family first took their case to the US Court of Federal Claims in 2006.
Under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Programme, parents can petition the US government for compensation for injuries or deaths allegedly caused by compulsory childhood vaccines.
A judgement in Ryan’s case was finally made on December 13 2012, by the Office of Special Masters set up by US Congress to decide on compensation claims. The defendant in the case was the US Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The damages payment takes into account the boy’s future loss of earnings because it’s unlikely he will be able to work.
In statements to the court, Ryan’s grandmother Paravaneh Shah-Mohammadi and his aunt Pooran Vahabi told how the boy appeared ‘lethargic’, ‘hardly responsive to noises and people around him,’and ‘unable to hold himself upright’ after having the first MMR vaccination.
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