A landmark court decision in the US has seen the parents of a child who developed autism following his MMR vaccination receive a compensation payout of £600,000.
The boy’s parents, Saeid and Parivash Mojabi, claimed their son Ryan suffered a “severe and debilitating injury to his brain” after he was administered with two MMR vaccinations in 2003.
According to court papers, Ryan was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The US is not the only country to compensate parents in respect of the onset of autism following the measles-mumps-rubella vaccination. Italian courts recently awarded a couple £140,000 when their child developed autism following MMR jabs.
The decisions gives weight to the arguments of anti-MMR campaigners who challenge the accepted view held by the medical profession that the MMR vaccination is safe.
The American couple made the claim against the US Government, and though they managed to secure compensation, the case did not proportion blame.
They first made their claim in 2006 when they approached the US Court of Federal Claims.
In America, parents can petition the US government for deaths or injuries endured under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
The compensation awarded to the boy takes into account loss of earnings as it is unlikely he will be able to work.
The number of autism suffers in Britain has increased considerably over the last forty years. Research has found that one in sixty-four children have some kind of autistic condition.
During the 1980s, only four in every ten thousand children showed signs of autism.
In Britain no court has found a link between the MMR vaccination and autism.