What to do if you experience an HPV Vaccine Injury
The HPV vaccine plays a vital role in preventing cancer-causing STIs.
But unfortunately, there is often a safety concern. Thousands of vaccine injuries have resulted from HPV vaccines like Gardasil. While nothing can solve the frustration of your child getting injured by a vaccine, compensation may provide you with some relief. We can help you navigate the settlement process.
About the HPV Vaccine
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are several HPV types that can lead to cervical, vaginal, throat, or other types of cancer and genital warts.
HPV is the most common STI, infecting about 80 percent of unvaccinated, sexually active adults. Since the infection is so common, experts recommend the HPV vaccine for young adults. HPV Vaccines can prevent the growth of cancerous cells. The HPV vaccine is commonly administered to women aged 11-12 to prevent the abnormal growth of cancerous cells in the cervix. The HPV vaccine is usually given in a three (3) dose series. The second dose is administered 1 or 2 months after the first, and the final dose 6 months after the first vaccination. Multiple doses improve the effectiveness of the vaccine.
HPV Vaccine Side Effects & Symptoms
The HPV vaccine may cause mild side effects that are usually normal. But sometimes, a more serious vaccine injury, like Guillain-Barré syndrome, can occur. If you’re experiencing an HPV vaccine Injury, you may be eligible for compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
While most people who receive the HPV vaccine experience no significant side effects, some people may experience mild to moderate side effects, including:
- Pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site
These side effects are usually mild and go away within a few days.
In rare cases, more serious side effects from the HPV vaccine may occur. These can include:
- Allergic reactions & Anaphylaxis: In some cases, people may have an allergic reaction to the HPV vaccine. Symptoms may include hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, throat, or tongue.
- Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS): GBS is a rare neurological disorder that can cause muscle weakness, paralysis, and in severe cases, respiratory failure. While GBS is a rare side effect of the HPV vaccine, it has been reported in some cases.
- SIRVA: SIRVA stands for Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration, and it's a condition that can occur after receiving a vaccine, including the HPV vaccine. SIRVA happens when the vaccine is injected too high or too deep into the shoulder, which can cause damage to the shoulder joint, muscles, or nerves. Symptoms of SIRVA can include pain, stiffness, weakness, and limited range of motion in the affected shoulder.
Signs of an HPV shot injury
Although rare, injuries caused by the HPV vaccine can and do occur. It's important to recognize and receive care for your vaccine injury.
Mild reactions to the HPV vaccine include pain in the injection site, joint pain, headaches, or fatigue. However, more serious adverse events to the HPV vaccine are sometimes reported, including:
- Severe Allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing
- Syncope (temporary loss of consciousness)
- Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Transverse myelitis (inflammation of the spinal cord)
- Motor neuron disease
- Venous thromboembolic events (VTEs or blood clots)
- Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
- Autoimmune disease or autoimmune disorders
Vaccines are crucial for preventing the spread of harmful diseases. But sometimes, vaccines cause an adverse reaction or injury.
The benefits of receiving the vaccine for the Human papilloma virus outweighs the potential risks. But if you did happen to experience an HPV vaccine injury, or worse, your child did – you may be eligible for compensation. Our team is here to guide you through every step of the legal process.
Receiving compensation for an hpv vaccine injury
Did you or your child experience an adverse reaction, illness, or serious injury after receiving the HPV vaccine?
You may qualify for compensation from a government program called the National Vaccine Injury Program (VICP). The VICP handles the settlement of vaccine injury cases. If the VICP accepts your case, you receive a settlement from the VICP compensation trust fund. A tax on all vaccines funds the compensation trust fund. The government created the VICP to prevent lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers like Merck. Your case gets handled without holding the manufacturer or vaccine administrator responsible.
All vaccine injury cases are unfortunate. But we recognize an HPV vaccine in the case of a child is especially taxing and can place unwanted stress on your family. Our lawyers not only work to get you the settlement you deserve, but we become your trusted partner throughout this process. From your very first consultation, you’ll work directly with a lawyer who...
Evaluates your case.
Answers your questions.
Provides you peace of mind from start to finish.
For help navigating the vaccine injury claim process, reach out to us today. The VICP covers our attorney fees, so cost is not a factor you need to consider when working with us. If you believe you have an HPV lawsuit waiting, then do not hesitate to contact us.
How to report an HPV vaccine injury
If you or your child is experiencing an adverse reaction from an HPV vaccine injury, contact your doctor or healthcare provider immediately to receive care. HPV vaccine injuries are serious, especially if left untreated.
When you visit your doctor, you should….
- Tell them all the details about the vaccine, including the date you received it.
- Ask them to file a report to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
A VAERS form documents your injury to the Centers for Disease Control and FDA. The purpose of a VAERS form is for the improvement of vaccine safety in the future. But it can also provide additional evidence in your vaccine injury case.
If you’ve already received treatment and your doctor didn’t submit a VAERS form, don’t worry, we can help. We care about your health and want your child to get the care they need. Once they’ve received medical attention, our vaccine lawyers step in to walk you through the legal process.
After your doctor visit, you’ll need to submit a claim to the VICP located in Washington D.C. Our team helps you file a VAERS report, submit a claim to the VICP, obtain your medical records and litigate your case from start to finish.
What is the Gardasil vaccine?
There are three common HPV vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Gardasil, Gardasil 9, and Cervarix. The Gardasil vaccination is simply one type of HPV vaccine, created by the vaccine manufacturer Merck&Co. Gardasil is used for both girls and boys to prevent cancer HPV can cause. Various strains of HPV are linked to cervical cancer and spread through sexual encounter. Gardasil is mostly effective in preventing cases of cancer if administered prior to exposure to HPV.
Gardasil is the most commonly administered HPV vaccine in the United States, resulting in more common vaccine injuries than other brands. The link between vaccine injury and Gardasil leads some people to question its safety and efficacy. If you have suffered a Gardasil injury, do not hesitate to get a free consultation with us today!
Most notable Gardasil vaccine injury cases
At least 85,000 reports of adverse reactions have been filed regarding the HPV vaccination. However, a few of these Gardasil vaccine injury cases made headlines and were followed throughout the country. The two most notable HPV vaccine Injury Cases against Merck-manufactured Gardasil were…
- A 16-year-old female received all three recommended injections of Gardasil between 2010 and 2011. Shortly after she received the third vaccination, she experienced a severe adverse reaction. This reaction was later diagnosed as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). This condition affects your blood flow and can lead to lightheadedness, fainting, and an increase in heartbeat.
More recently, in 2020, a male from California filed another lawsuit against Merck. His health steadily declined over the years since receiving the HPV vaccination in 2012.
The lawsuit claims that after receiving the vaccination, he developed life-altering injuries. Gardasil injuries affect both men and women. These two cases demonstrate the severity of injuries linked to the Gardasil vaccine. Unfortunately, HPV vaccine injury cases tend to happen in young adults and teenagers. If your child is experiencing vaccine injury symptoms, learn how we can help.
I reached out to My Vaccine Lawyer after confirming I suffered from SIRVA. They were so helpful, understanding and thorough throughout the process. They were quick to respond, always answered the phone and I feel they fought to get me what I was entitled to. If you suffered from an injury then please call My Vaccine Lawyer. They will take care of you!
- Melissa Heffley, SIRVA Client