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HPV Vaccine Lawsuit

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The HPV vaccine is a relatively new immunization that protects young adults from sexually transmitted infection with human papilloma virus (HPV), which can cause genital warts and several types of cancer. Unfortunately, in rare cases, the vaccine itself can have serious side effects.

HPV Vaccine Overview

The HPV vaccine is used to prevent infection caused by the Human papillomavirus. This virus is easily transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, usually during sexual activity. There are more than 70 different types of HPV, and certain high-risk types can cause genital warts, cervical cancer, anal cancer, and other diseases. Experts recommend that young adults should get the vaccination before they become sexually active to prevent infection or transmission of HPV.

There are two main types of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil and Cervarix, which are given in three shots. They have been shown to prevent most cervical cancers in women, and Gardasil can also prevent genital warts and cancer of the anus, vulva, and vagina. Both vaccines can be given to females, but males can only use Gardasil.

HPV Vaccine Side Effects

Side effects of Gardasil:

  • Allergic reaction, which could be life-threatening (anaphylaxis, anaphylactic shock)
  • Pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Fainting, which could cause a fall-related injury
  • Jerking or staring movements
  • High fever (above 102 degrees F)
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)
  • Blood clots
  • Death
  • And more

Side effects of Cervarix:

  • Allergic reaction, which could be life-threatening (anaphylaxis, anaphylactic shock)
  • Pain, redness, or swelling at the site of the injection
  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Fainting spells
  • Jerking, staring movements
  • Muscle weakness
  • And more

HPV Vaccine Injury Claim

You must first meet the following requirements to file an HPV vaccine injury claim:

  • The HPV vaccine must have caused a serious injury to you, your child, or your family member. If you are a legal guardian of an injured person, you may also be eligible.
  • The HPV vaccine must have caused a serious injury. You can only file an HPV vaccine injury claim if the injury lasted at least six months, or needed surgery or hospitalization, or caused disability or death.
  • You must file your claim soon after the injury or death occurs. You have two years for a death, three years for an injury, and four years for an injury that eventually causes death.

If you have an HPV vaccine injury claim, your case will go before the Vaccine Court in Washington D.C. Experts at this court review each claim. If they are convinced that the vaccine is responsible for your injury, they can award financial compensation from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP was established in 1989 for the dual purpose of helping victims of vaccine injuries, while also protecting vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits.

Your claim could be worth up to $250,000. Since the VICP was established, the court has paid out more than $2.4 billion to compensate the victims of vaccine injuries.

To date, the VICP has reviewed 180 HPV vaccine lawsuits, including 171 for injury and 9 for deaths. The VICP has awarded financial compensation in 28 cases, dismissed 38, and is still reviewing the rest of the injury claims.

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