Medindia

X

Court Rules Against Parents' Suit Linking Autism, Vaccine Claim

by VR Sreeraman on  February 13, 2009 at 5:03 PM Medico Legal News   - G J E 4
A US court rejected a lawsuit by three families seeking monetary compensation for their children's autism, which they claim was caused by routine vaccinations.
 Court Rules Against Parents' Suit Linking Autism, Vaccine Claim
Court Rules Against Parents' Suit Linking Autism, Vaccine Claim
Advertisement

The plaintiffs alleged that the children developed symptoms of autism after being administered standard childhood vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

Advertisement
The parents' assertion, long disputed by many mainstream physicians and scientists, but a theory which nevertheless has gained currency in certain circles, is that a causal link exists between autism and the vaccines.

Specifically, they pointed to the presence in the vaccines of a preservative, thimerosal, an inorganic mercury compound used in some pharmaceutical products to prevent bacterial and fungal contamination.

The case was rejected however in the US Court of Federal Claims, which on Thursday found that the "combination of the thimerosal-containing vaccines and the MMR vaccine not causal factors in the development of autism."

The ruling is the latest in several legal setbacks for the family, which have been suing for compensation for several years.

Their attorney for one of the families, Curtis Webb, said the plaintiffs were "disappointed" by the finding.

Source: AFP
SRM
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All