Autism-vaccine case rejected by U.S. Supreme Court

Washington — The United States Supreme Court denied a request to hear a case filed by a woman who claims that her son’s autism was caused by vaccines administered on him more than a decade ago.

Chandra D. Price tried to seek compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in 2008, alleging that her son, Christopher T. Wynn, developed autism caused by vaccines “being given in back-to-back increments, and by mercury toxicity.”

Price’s claim then was dismissed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, citing that under the Vaccine Act, claims for injury stemming from the vaccines administered must be filed within 36 months from the onset of the symptoms experienced by the child. Price’s son was diagnosed with autism way back in 1994.

In 2012, Price’s lawyer moved to dismiss her petition, but she later on decided to press forward with the case and sought to reopen it on her own, stating that her lawyer “misunderstood when Christopher’s last vaccine had been administered, which caused him to erroneously conclude that the claim had been filed outside of the Vaccine Act’s statute of limitations.”

Her request was also denied, as it was determined that she failed to provide substantial reason for the case to be reopened.

Price eventually took the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which ruled last year that she had no reasonable ground to press forward with the petition. According to the ruling:

“Under the Vaccine Act’s limitations period, Ms. Price was required to file her claim within thirty-six months, or by June 29, 1997. Though… the thirty-six month limitation period is subject to equitable tolling, there is no indication that equitable tolling would apply to Ms. Price’s delay of over ten years in filing her Vaccine Act Petition.”

After being turned down by the Court of Appeals, Price ultimately brought the case to the Supreme Court, which, just last week, declined to hear her case without any comment.

The court’s ruling was made amid controversies surrounding a recent measles epidemic in the U.S. which was widely blamed on the lack of vaccination among children in the country.

Contributed by Althea Estrella Violeta

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