Sadaka Law Wins First Case Linking Gardasil to Infertility
Premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) is defined as a condition where women younger than 40 years of age have a disordered menses, elevated serum levels of hormones, and symptoms of estrogen deficiency, including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbance, and painful urination due to vaginal dryness. POI is a rare disease affecting less than 1% of the population. An ovarian biopsy is the definitive procedure for diagnosis, however diagnosis can be based on symptoms and blood tests.
Mark Sadaka successfully argued that the viral proteins contained in Gardasil share similarity with proteins that are important to maintaining the proper function of the ovaries. The body created an immune response to Gardasil that caused an attack on specific proteins responsible for the proper function of the ovaries. The binding of those specific proteins caused them to be destroyed or otherwise rendered them dysfunctional resulting in the development of primary ovarian insufficiency. Sadaka Law is seeking other women who received Gardasil and was diagnosed with POI. The Court has stated it will rule in petitioner’s favor if we can show evidence of lymphocytic oophoritis, adrenal or ovarian autoantibodies, or other autoimmune disorders. Even if all three of these factors are not present, we may still be able to establish it more-likely-than-not that her POI is autoimmune, given her particular medical history.
Gardasil Lawsuit – Deaths and Serious Injuries Linked to HPV Vaccine
In 2006, the FDA approved Merck and Co.’s Gardasil vaccine. Merck and Co. designed the vaccine to prevent different types of HPV strains in both men and women (ages 9-26). Since being released, thousands of recipients have experienced adverse side effects. Hundreds of deaths reportedly occurred due to vaccine complications.
Though most recipients haven’t experienced any side effects or injuries, the public has become more aware of the potential danger imposed by the vaccine. Considering the most severe cases involve paralysis or even death, measures are underway to prevent more injuries. Many point the finger at the quick FDA approval, which only took six months.
Have you or someone you know experienced adverse effects since receiving the Gardasil vaccine? If the answer is yes, reach out to us today to see if you are in the right to receive financial reparations from a Gardasil lawsuit.
What Are the Different Types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?
HPV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). More than 80-million Americans are infected with the virus, making It the most common STI in the country. Since the virus spreads easily through physical contact during sex, nearly 80% of sexually active people will likely contract some form of HPV in their lifetime.
The tricky thing about HPV: the majority of carriers are unaware that they even have the virus. Over 90% of new infections are undetectable or don’t show any symptoms after the first few years. Some more serious cases can lead to noticeable symptoms such as genital warts. HPV comes in many different shapes and sizes, but there are two main variations of the virus:
These strains of HPV don’t cause any symptoms. The body can eventually build immunity to these strains and eliminate the virus. Though these strains don’t lead to any severe conditions like cancer, they can cause genital warts. The only adverse effects of low-risk HPV are purely aesthetic, and none will lead to cancer.
These strains of HPV are far more serious and can lead to cervical cancer. High-risk HPV strains also transmit through direct contact. However, the majority of people who contract these strains of HPV don’t develop cervical cancer.
What Are the Negative Side Effects of the Gardasil Vaccine?
There Were Multiple Cases of Side Effects That Were Not Previously Stated on the Packaging, Nor Made Aware to the Public:
- 25% of women reported having a miscarriage after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. That’s double the rate of women under 30 in the United States (12.5%)
- Paralysis was one of the most serious side effects reported by recipients of the vaccine
- Several patients claimed to have seizures after receiving the Gardasil vaccine
- A small group of recipients went into anaphylactic shock
- Several hundred deaths have been linked to HPV vaccines and Merck
One mother’s 21-year-old daughter passed away after taking receiving the Gardasil. A few days after receiving the vaccine, she claimed to feel a significant lack of energy and experienced dizziness when standing. The young woman had no previous medical conditions or any complaints of feeling ill. Since Gardasil was marketed as a safe preventative vaccine for HPV (preferably among college-aged students), many parents unknowingly put their children at risk. Many middle school-aged girls were left bedridden after receiving the vaccine.
Countless stories of parents devastated and heartbroken due to complications of the Gardasil vaccine. Many of their children suffered severe, life-threatening side effects, which, at the time, had no direct link to the vaccine.
Reach out to Sadaka Associates if your child has experienced any adverse effects after receiving the Gardasil. You may qualify to file a lawsuit.
Understanding the Gardasil Controversy
The vaccine was released to protect young women (the FDA also approved a male version of the vaccine) from Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer. It was the first vaccine of its kind and ended up being the center of attention for political discussions.
At first, people were confused as to why medical professionals recommended that girls as young as 11 receive an HPV vaccine designed to combat a sexually transmitted infection. The association of young girls and sexual activity was one side of the controversy – another was the dangerous and potentially life-threatening side effects.
These side effects instigated a thorough investigation into whether Merck Co. backed their claims up with scientific evidence. It turns out the results from trials conducted by Merck Co. were vague, deceptive, and borderline fraudulent. To make matters worse, they tampered with the “placebo” drug to make the Gardasil vaccine look safer. They added chemicals to the mixture, which lead to horrific injuries for the receiving party.
Some experts even made claims that the vaccine did not help to prevent cervical cancer – or any type of cancer for that matter. In a nutshell, the Gardasil vaccine was rushed through FDA approval and delivered to a group of young girls who didn’t need it. This negligence and malpractice became one of the most significant medical controversies of the 2000s.
What Makes Up the Gardasil Vaccine?
Vaccines are typically made up of proteins extracted from a virus or bacteria. By injecting the proteins into the bloodstream, we can train our immune system to fight the foreign particles, preventing us from contracting the illness. The Gardasil vaccine follows the same protocol; however, they added additional compounds into the mixture.
These compounds include:
- Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxy Phosphate Sulfate
- Yeast Protein
- Sodium Chloride
- Polysorbate 80
- Sodium Borate
With the addition of these new particles, the vaccine became risky and began to cause various adverse side effects.
Deaths and Injuries Caused by Gardasil
Current Monitoring of Gardasil Safety
After reports emerged regarding Gardasil vaccine injuries, the FDA and Merck began monitoring around-the-clock to improve the vaccine’s safety. Their work includes more in-depth investigations into the health conditions claimed to be caused by the vaccine. Essentially, the more the FDA knows about the patients and their injuries, the more they can do to protect others from harm.
Even though there has been significant backlash from parents against Merck, who continue to question the effectiveness (and safety) of the vaccine, the FDA claims that there aren’t enough cases of adverse effects to render the vaccine dangerous. This claim has caused a stir regarding the FDA’s possible incompetence, especially as countless examples directly link the Gardasil vaccine to serious injuries.
If anyone has experienced any injuries, such as blood clots, muscle weakness, fatigue, loss of feeling, or even paralysis after receiving the vaccine, they should seek medical attention immediately.
Gardasil and Cervical Cancer
A lot of controversies have sparked over the claims that the Gardasil HPV vaccine helps prevent cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is caused by mutated cells in the cervix and affects more than 10,000 women in the United States every year. According to NPR, few institutions have supported these claims, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
The vaccine comes with a series of three shots over six months. The total cost for the Gardasil series is around $400 (not considering insurance coverage).
In theory, the Gardasil HPV vaccine is a great option for protecting pre-teen girls from the virus before becoming sexually active. But when you look at the raw data, it’s tough to believe that injecting these young girls with a risky vaccine wouldn’t do more harm than good. That’s considering that only 5% of women who get HPV end up with cervical cancer.
The argument is that girls tend to become sexually active much younger than when parents expect. That is why medical professionals start administering the vaccine in girls as young as 11.
How to File a Lawsuit
Our law office has recently gotten an influx of inquiries about the Gardasil, and how to file a lawsuit. If you or a loved one wishes to learn more about filing an HPV vaccine lawsuit, please consider the following carefully:
Report Your Claim to the Vaccine Court
Any individual affected by a vaccine who wishes to file a lawsuit must report the claim to the vaccine court. The vaccine court operates under the Department of Health and Human Services. They are responsible for providing financial compensation to those adversely affected by a vaccine. Vaccine court is the first step towards filing a lawsuit directly with the vaccine manufacturer in the Civil court. Our firm can help you file your claim directly to the vaccine court.
Choose the Right Attorney
If you’re planning on filing a Gardasil HPV vaccine lawsuit, you’re going to want to make sure you choose an attorney with Gardasil litigation experience. The inner workings of pharmaceutical laws are complex and should be handled by an experienced attorney if you wish to have any success. Sadaka Associates has vast experience in pharmaceutical litigation.
Dealing With Settlements
If you don’t get offered a settlement, our firm can represent you in the Civil court. We will need to file directly against the vaccine manufacturer without the backing of the vaccine court. We will be there with you every step of the way to optimize your lawsuit for success.
To qualify for a lawsuit, you or your loved ones must meet the following requirements:
- The Gardasil HPV vaccine seriously injured you or your loved ones.
- The injury must be a high case profile. Meaning it caused hospitalization, surgery, or even death.
- You file your claim within the proper time window:
- Three years for injury
- Two years for death
- Four years of severe injuries that lead to death
To learn more about whether your case qualifies for a lawsuit, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.
Has Your Child Experienced an Adverse Reaction to Gardasil?
If your child has experienced injuries or even death caused by the Gardasil HPV vaccine, you may be permitted to receive financial compensation. The majority of cases get filed with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), and we can help.
Our firm has extensive knowledge of vaccine-related litigation and can significantly help you with your claim. With our expertise, you can rest assured that your case will be in good hands. You (and your family) will get the settlement you deserve.
Here is a list of side effects that qualify for a Gardasil lawsuit:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Heart Problems
- Chronic Fatigue or Muscle Weakness
If any of the above applies to you, don’t hesitate to contact our team.
These conditions will make your side effect eligible for a lawsuit:
- The side effect(s) lasted 180 days (6 months) or longer after receiving the injection
- The side effects required surgery or hospitalization
- The side effects killed the recipient