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<p>I hear a lot of criticism about the "vaccine court" and saw this posted on a facebook page and thought I would share it.  Here is the blurb </p>
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<p>"<strong style="color:rgb(0,0,128);font-weight:bold;letter-spacing:-.05em;">On November 7th, a congressional briefing, entitled “The Injustice of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)” was sponsored by “The Canary Party” and billed as a precursor to a hearing scheduled on December 4th in the Committee of Government Oversight and Reform. </strong></p>
<h5 style="color:rgb(85,85,85);letter-spacing:-.05em;padding-bottom:0px;"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,128);margin:0px;padding:0px;">Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, a passionate vaccine advocate with intimate knowledge of the legal system and  Professor at University of California Hastings College of the Law, attended the briefing and provided the following post as her personal response to comments she heard there." </span></h5>
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<p><span style="color:rgb(0,0,128);margin:0px;padding:0px;">The piece is very well written and explains a lot about how the vaccine court works and why this is beneficial to plaintiffs and society. This is one of the only pieces I have seen that really explains the process in an easy to understand format.  I'd love to hear your thoughts! </span></p>
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<p><a href="http://shotofprevention.com/2013/11/08/congressional-briefing-attempts-to-discredit-vaccine-injury-compensation/" target="_blank">http://shotofprevention.com/2013/11/08/congressional-briefing-attempts-to-discredit-vaccine-injury-compensation/</a></p>
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<p>A couple good point she made </p>
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<p>"<span style="color:rgb(85,85,85);">Ms. Holland highlights that most petitioners lose. She said 80% of cases lose, which means only 20% of plaintiffs win. My calculations were slightly different – I calculated the rate of winning to be 26% (</span><a href="http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/statisticsreports.html#Stats" style="color:rgb(41,112,166);margin:0px;padding:0px;" target="_blank">3412 claims compensated out of 13077 adjudicated</a><span style="color:rgb(85,85,85);">). While that might seem low, again a comparison is in order: In 2005, the last year for which we have data, </span><a href="http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cbjtsc05.pdf" style="color:rgb(41,112,166);margin:0px;padding:0px;" target="_blank">plaintiffs won only 20% of non-asbestos product liability claims</a><span style="color:rgb(85,85,85);">.  Product liability claims are simply hard to win. In whatever forum. Sending plaintiffs to the regular courts would not make proving the claims easier for plaintiffs. </span>"</p>
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<p>"<span style="color:rgb(85,85,85);text-align:right;">Ms. Holland complains about the length of the trials. Ideally, victims would be compensated swiftly, but product liability trials are complicated, and can easily take a long time in the courts: of the trials lasting more than 3 years in the federal courts in 2009-2011, about half are product liability cases.  (See examples </span><a href="http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/Statistics/JudicialBusiness/2010/tables/S11Sep10.pdf" style="color:rgb(41,112,166);margin:0px;padding:0px;text-align:right;" target="_blank">here</a><span style="color:rgb(85,85,85);text-align:right;"> and </span><a href="http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/Statistics/JudicialBusiness/2011/JudicialBusiness2011.pdf" style="color:rgb(41,112,166);margin:0px;padding:0px;text-align:right;" target="_blank">here</a><span style="color:rgb(85,85,85);text-align:right;">.) We just cannot assume trials will be quick in the civil courts. In one example, Mr. Tenuto contracted paralytic polio from his daughter’s Oral Polio Vaccine. He had the choice of suing through NVICP but chose to go through the regular federal courts. Mr. Tenuto was injured in 1979. The </span><a href="http://www.courts.state.ny.us/REPORTER/3dseries/2010/2010_50255.htm" style="color:rgb(41,112,166);margin:0px;padding:0px;text-align:right;" target="_blank">case ended thirty years </a><span style="color:rgb(85,85,85);text-align:right;">later in 2010. " </span></p>
 

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<p>I disagree with a lot of what you said, but this is *not* the debate forum.  Why the heck do people from the INV forum keep posting here? Mods have made it *very* clear that you should stick to your own support forum. </p>
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<p>Bah, this is getting really frustrating. </p>
 
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