Vaccine-Autism Court Award of $1.5M to Poling Family

2010-09-13 22:58

On the heels of a federal appeals court ruling that denied an association between autism and vaccines, the family of nine-year-old Hannah Poling will receive more than $1.5 million to provide for her care for the rest of her life, to compensate for lost earnings, and for pain and suffering for the first year. Hannah developed autism after receiving vaccinations for nine diseases during one visit to her doctor.

Hannah’s family will also receive more than $500,000 per year to cover their daughter’s care. Although this case was settled before trial by the government in 2007, the compensation was not agreed upon until now.

Hannah Poling and Mitochondrial Disorder
Hannah was vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, polio, varicella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and Haemophilus inflluenzae during one doctor’s visit at age 18 months. At that time, thimerosal (a mercury-containing preservative), which some experts say may cause or contribute to autism, was still being used in children’s vaccines.

Soon after receiving the vaccines, Hannah stopped eating, developed high fevers, began having screaming fits, and showed signs of autism. Her parents then filed an autism claim in federal vaccine court.

A factor that compounds this situation is the fact that Hannah has a mitochondrial disorder, in which her basic cell metabolism dysfunctions. Symptoms of this disorder can range from muscle weakness to diabetes, developmental delays, cardiac or liver disease, swallowing problems, poor growth, muscle pain, loss of motor control, and susceptibility to infection.

According to a Time magazine article from 2008, “There are no scientific studies documenting that childhood vaccinations cause mitochondrial diseases or worsen mitochondrial disease symptoms,” as stated by the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Yet this court decision acknowledges Hannah’s injuries and that the vaccines aggravated an unknown mitochondrial disorder that did not “cause” her autism, but “resulted” in it.

Approximately 1,000 to 4,000 children are born with a mitochondrial disease each year in the United States. There are dozens of different types of mitochondrial disease, including Alpers disease, Barth syndrome, carnitine deficiency, and Pearson syndrome. These diseases mainly affect children, but adults can develop these diseases as well.

In 2008, the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation released a statement in response to the Poling case, noting that “There are no scientific studies documenting that childhood vaccinations cause mitochondrial diseases or worsen mitochondrial disease symptoms.” The court in this case decided that Hannah’s underlying disease increased her risk of injury from the vaccinations.

While Hannah Poling’s family will receive more than $1.5 million compensation for their daughter’s care, it cannot reverse the damage that has been done. This case raises many questions, one of which is how many other Hannahs are out there. One thing we do know is that nearly 5,000 families of children with autism have filed claims for compensation through the federal government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

SOURCES:
CBS News, Sept. 13, 2010
Time magazine, March 10, 2008
United Mitochondrial Disorder Association

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Comments

Civil trials come in two parts. Part one is liability. Part two is damages. From the text, the agreement of settlement was on the liability, thus only part two was left open - damages. That is not a win on liability at the vaccine court. Plaintiffs have to go to the vaccine court. They routinely lose on the liability issue. This case had particluar facts, as all cases do. Do not accept this as a win in the vaccine court. If liability is established by trial or setlement, then a court must measure damages by traditional methods. Today, the issue of liability would not be settled.
THE TRUTH: My grandson who is Autistic, was saying words before the 18 month MMR vaccination shot. Most Mothers have seen their children regress after the 18 month MMR vaccination shot. Why? Because the MMR shot interupts the completion of the mylar sheating in the brain ( insulation that goes over wires). So these children cannot communicate verbally, or comprehend properly, languages, sounds, sensory feelings, ect. because of the lack of needed sheating material in their wiring in their brain. Instead they are left with a chronic inflamation of the brain, which no Doctor will document on the chart, because inflamation of the brain is called encephilitis. if it is called encephilitis which is under the vaccine courts terminology to be held liable, then parents can sue in the vaccination court. as long as a Doctor documents Autism as Inflamation of the bain (encephilitus) No Doctor is Brave enough, to document Autism as inflamation of the brain because then BIg-Pharma who pays for Medical school for Doctors, could destroy license of Doctor if they proclaim the truth! As long as Doctor's put on the child's chart "Behavioral Disorder" instead of the truth"Inflamation of the brain" Big-Pharma will never have to pay a dime! Ha! Ha! Ha! to the families that have to deal with an Autistic child! to bad you have to pay up the ASS, to take care of your child. We are never going to pay, because we own the system! And guess what your son will never have the right to bear arms under the Constitution of the U.S. because he has been diagnoised with a mental disorder! Gee no future population capable overthrowing the govenrment, if need be! Because they are all mental!