Have you or a loved one suffered a serious injury after receiving the Gardasil HPV vaccine? Are you interested in filing a Gardasil class action lawsuit against the manufacturers? If so, we can help.
What is Gardasil?
The Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent Vaccine, commonly known as Gardasil, is unique in that it was created to prevent cancer rather than to treat it after it has already developed. The main reason for administering Gardasil is to prevent the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a leading cause of cervical cancer. The notion of vaccinating girls and young women ahead of time was met with a huge response, with more than eight million young girls and women receiving the injections. Gardasil is manufactured and marketed by Merck, and was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006.
Gardasil Side Effects
Unfortunately, not long after its release, Gardasil began being linked to the following serious side effects:
- Pain and swelling at the injection site (the arm)
- Nausea and fever
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
- Blood Clot
- Bells Palsy
- Birth Defects
Receiving Compensation for Gardasil Side Effects
In 1998, the U.S. government set up a no-fault system called the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). This program was created to allow victims of vaccines or immunizations to receive compensation for their injuries without having to prove who was at fault. VICP offers an easier process, and since it was initiated, over 7,000 vaccine claims have been filed. More than $1 billion has been awarded to over 2,000 families and individuals. As a result of VICP, pharmaceutical manufacturers have been encouraged to develop safer vaccines and immunizations.
About Gardasil Class Action Lawsuits
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Gardasil Class Action, and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of injured individuals and/or their family members that have been injured by Gardasil.
A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Gardasil lawsuits on their behalf.