How much is too much in a lawsuit?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2005
How much is too much in a lawsuit?
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Fri, 10-15-2010 - 11:21am

The vicious cycle of children getting harmed by vaccines, suing the mfgr, government compensation, taxes being raised... Should the government compensate or get more involved and put on caps to lawsuits?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/14/AR2010101405988.html

"THE THREAT to our vaccine supply in this country is a real one," read a congressional report from the mid-1980s.

At the time, manufacturers warned that they could be forced to suspend vaccine production because of costly lawsuits filed by families who believed their children had been injured by inoculations. Congress was also concerned that not every case involving an injured child was being heard, in part because lawyers would often take only the cases they believed would yield big judgments.


iVillage Member
Registered: 09-27-2010
Sat, 10-16-2010 - 2:06pm

The more important part of that article to me is this: "Lawmakers crafted the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act with two goals in mind: to compensate the families of injured children and to guarantee a steady supply of the vital vaccines necessary to prevent millions of youngsters from contracting deadly or crippling diseases. In doing so, Congress created a special no-fault vaccine court and a government-managed account funded by an excise tax on vaccines. There are no limits on how much an individual or family may recover for medical expenses and ongoing care. The fund has paid $1.8 billion in claims since its inception."