Vaccine Litigation Issues (audio/listen)
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|Mon, 04-28-2008 - 11:51am|
Ringler Radio, the four-year-old Internet radio production arm of Ringler Associates®, the insurance industry’s largest structured settlement firm, has released its latest production, “Vaccines & Litigation Issues,” according to company President and CEO Robert J. Blattenberg.
Vaccinations have always been the first line of defense against illness for children. Now questions are being raised about complications resulting from vaccinations and a possible connection to autism. In fact, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Participants in the podcast include leading industry experts with extensive vaccine-related experience. They are Advocate Mary Tocco of Charleston, who has researched facts about vaccines since the early '60s, and Attorney Kevin Conway of Boston, who has represented hundreds of families affected, as well as insurance experts from Ringler Associates, show host Larry Cohen from the Boston office, and Dennis English of the Charleston office. These experts share their experiences and expertise as they examine the current state of vaccine litigation, its evolution and history, including a prominent real-life case, and the importance of education, research, the personal rights of parents and what’s ahead.
Host Cohen said, “The issues are the clashing of standards between the scientific and the legal communities."
English added, “When it comes to vaccinations, parents just don't know what to do. Pediatricians tell them that their children have to get the vaccinations. Parents need to educate themselves better on the negatives related to their specific children, and they need to learn what rights they have.”
Tocco said, “If parents don't believe in the philosophy of vaccines – they can become exempt by signing waiver forms, which means if there's an outbreak, they keep the kids home from school. Also, there is a religious exemption, which basically states that vaccinations are against their religious belief. And that is our precious – our most precious right.”
Attorney Conway added, “If parents feel that their child has been physically harmed in some fashion through vaccines, they can make a claim through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Act. You can actually file a claim without an attorney. The vaccine program, however, does pay attorneys. The attorneys are paid by the program, and not by vaccinated people. I'm trying to educate the public about the real issues that need to be addressed.”