"The autism was an effect of the very rare mitochondrial defect, not the vaccine itself."
Then why did the vaccine court pay for something that was not caused by the "vaccine itself". Do the vaccine courts now pay for rare mitochondrial defects? Are you are saying a rare mitochondrial defect is the cause or it is both a rare mitochondrial defect and the vaccine?
I will add that, really, I don't think huge cash payouts are owed to everyone who gets an adverse reaction to a vaccine. Everyone who gets a vaccine must understand that there is a small risk, accept that risk, and also accept any possible consequences.
Americans are notoriously lawsuit-happy. It is part of what makes US healthcare so damned expensive now, to the detriment of all.
There was a recent case where a kid somehow got a Chicken McNugget stuck between her bare thigh and a seat belt for two freaking minutes, and got badly burned. The family sued both McDonald's and the franchise owner and won, and now is going to get a load of money. Somehow, for some reason, the family had a recording of the child screaming while being burned, which they played for the jurors in the court. Really screwed up.