PHILADELPHIA — Anapol Schwartz attorneys Lawrence Cohan and Melissa Fry Hague
recently filed two Gardasil vaccine complaints — one on behalf of a Kensington,
Calif., family, whose 15-year old daughter died after allegedly suffering from
severe adverse reactions, and another on behalf of a 19-year-old Lapeer, Mich.,
woman, who allegedly has a chronic, autoimmune disorder. The cases, filed in the
Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., seek recovery under the National
Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
“Our two cases represent an increasing number of recent, adverse reaction
reports we’re seeing in young women who have received the Gardasil vaccine. The
outcomes in these matters have been horrific,” said co-lead counsel Cohan, a New
Jersey certified civil trial attorney representing more than 50 consumers with
Gardasil claims, in a March 15 release.
First approved in 2006, Gardasil is designed to protect women and girls from
several of the human papillomavirus (HPV) strains likely to cause genital warts
and cervical cancer — the second most common cancer among women.
In Tetlock v. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Anapol Schwartz
says that Jennifer Tetlock received the third in the series of the Gardasil
vaccine and began to experience progressive weakness in her body. Soon after,
she developed muscle atrophy of the lower extremities and right upper extremity
weakness with tingling and numbness. Suffering from a progressing
neurodegenerative disorder, she rapidly deteriorated, became confined to a
wheelchair and ultimately passed away two years post-vaccination.
In Freese v. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Anapol Schwartz
says plaintiff Monica Freese received the Gardasil vaccine along with a
meningitis vaccine. A couple weeks later, Freese began feeling numbness and
tingling in her hands and toes. After a series of doctor visits and increased
leg weakness, she was diagnosed with acute Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder
in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.
Despite brief improvement and intense physical therapy, Freese suffered a
relapse and continues to experience severe neurological difficulties.
For more on information on Gardasil and other vaccine-related litigation,
Founded in 1977, Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley P.C.
is a civil justice law firm with more than 25 attorneys and law offices in
Philadelphia, Media, Reading and Harrisburg, Pa., as well as Cherry Hill, N.J.,
and Wheeling, W.Va.