Supreme Court To Hear Vaccine Safety Case

03.09.10 | FL News Team

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a Pennsylvania couple that believes a vaccine caused their daughter's seizure disorder. At issue is whether Russell and Robalee Bruesewitz can sue the drugmaker for compensation. The Bruesewitzes claim their now-18-year-old daughter Hannah started having debilitating seizures when she was six-months-old after receiving a diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus shot made by Wyeth Laboratories. A special judicial forum set up by Congress to hear vaccine safety claims ruled against the family. Later, Pennsylvania courts said the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 prohibits bringing a case against Wyeth's owner, Pfizer, beyond the special vaccine panel. The nation's highest court has been asked to decide whether there should be exceptions to that rule. Arguments are slated to begin in the fall.