How to find out how much you’ll owe in court
A family of four in Arizona is on the verge of bankruptcy after they were ordered to pay out more than $100,000 to the federal government because they didn’t vaccinate their son because they were worried about him being infectious.
As it stands, the father, Eric, and his wife, Jennifer, are facing an estimated $60,000 in civil penalties and interest, which could amount to as much as $1.4 million, according to documents obtained by Al Jazeera.
The court has ordered them to pay $75,000, and the family will also be assessed a $25,000 penalty.
Their son was vaccinated after his doctor said he was at risk of developing a communicable disease that could lead to death.
But the father and his lawyers claim the doctor, Dr. Bruce Cottrell, misled the court and their client.
They claim he was wrong, saying the vaccines were not effective enough to prevent the spread of the virus.
Jennifer and Eric Cottrels told Al Jazeera they received a letter from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last year warning of a possible increase in coronavirus cases.
They said they were not notified until August this year that the CDC had recommended an increase in vaccine doses, which led to the government ordering them to vaccinate.
The Cottrols said they have filed a civil lawsuit against the federal agency, arguing that they should not be held responsible for the cost of their son’s vaccination.
“The only way that the federal court can do anything is to order a court to award them damages and make them pay the costs,” Jennifer Cottrier said.
“I feel like we are going to lose this fight,” she said.
The family’s lawyer, Eric Miller, said the case should be dismissed.
“The court doesn’t have jurisdiction to adjudicate a civil case,” Miller said.
“We are not asking the court to give them any money.
We are asking them to award the family a substantial amount of money to pay for vaccines and to help cover the costs of the vaccine, which will be paid for by the government.”
We are asking the judge to allow the family to recover as much of the costs as possible from the government.
“Cottrell declined to comment on the case.
In a letter to the court, the CDC wrote: “Although the vaccine has a low efficacy, it is the most important component of the proposed CDC Vaccine-Related Deaths Reduction Strategy.
It is important to emphasize that vaccine effectiveness will be closely monitored to ensure the vaccine can be administered safely to all who will be vaccinated.
Vaccine effectiveness and the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness will not be determined in advance of the introduction of new vaccine formulations or new vaccine doses.
“They are paying the costs and they’re not asking for a penny of compensation. “
In this situation, the parents have no choice but to pay,” Miller told AlJazeera.
“They are paying the costs and they’re not asking for a penny of compensation.
“I hope that this case will go away. “
It will help so many families, so many people, that they can get the vaccine and hopefully protect themselves and their families from the coronaviruses that are out there.””
I hope that this case will go away.
It will help so many families, so many people, that they can get the vaccine and hopefully protect themselves and their families from the coronaviruses that are out there.”
The CDC said it is taking steps to increase vaccine coverage for children, including by increasing the amount of doses administered.
“All children aged 6 months and younger are now eligible to receive the vaccine if they are immunized against any of the eight vaccine-preventable diseases,” the CDC said.