$101 Million Award for Encephalopathy from MMR Vaccine

(July 17, 2018 – SARASOTA, FL) — mctlaw attorneys negotiated a $101 million settlement for an infant who suffered a severe reaction to the MMR vaccine.

O.R.* was a one-year-old healthy baby girl who was already walking and climbing.  On February 13, 2013, she received vaccinations for Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis A, Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib), Prevnar (pneumonia), and Varicella (chickenpox).

That evening, the mother noticed baby O.R. was irritable and feverish. After a call to the pediatrician, the doctor advised Mom to give her Tylenol and Benadryl. The fever continued for several days and on the evening before her scheduled pediatrician visit, O.R. began having severe seizures.

She was rushed to the emergency room.  Baby O.R. went into cardiac and respiratory arrest and doctors placed her on a ventilator.

The seizures and cardiac arrest left O.R. with a severe brain injury, encephalopathy, cortical vision impairment, truncal hypotonia (low muscle tone), and kidney failure.

After months of treatment at the hospital, baby O.R. finally went home, but her disabilities require specialized medical care and supervision around the clock for the rest of her life.

The $101 million-dollar settlement pays for the child’s constant high-level medical care needed for the rest of her life. The family received a lump sum of $1 million dollars to cover the immediate costs of medical bills and expenses. The rest will be paid out through an annuity over the child’s lifetime.

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Attorney Diana Stadelnikas represented the child and her parents in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Ms. Stadelnikas is an experienced Vaccine Injury Attorney and also a former Registered Nurse.

She filed a claim with the Vaccine Court on behalf of O.R. alleging the MMR immunization triggered the severe, but rare, reaction.

Stadelnikas filed the case in the U.S. Court of Claims against the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Upon reviewing the records and evidence, HHS conceded the case and agreed that O.R. was entitled to compensation for her vaccine-related injuries.

$101 Million Vaccine Injury Settlement

The family received a lump sum of $1 million dollars to cover the immediate costs of medical bills and expenses from when the injury first happened.

The rest will be paid out through an annuity over the child’s lifetime. Attorney’s fees and costs are paid by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program separately from the money awarded to the child.

You can read the actual decision on the Court of Federal Claims website: Case Number 16-119V: MMR Vaccine; Encephalopathy.  Thankfully, this family reached out to our vaccine injury team and we were able to help them, says attorney Diana Stadelnikas. Vaccine injury cases are medically and legally complex; I cannot stress enough how important it is to work with an attorney who has experience representing injured families in the Vaccine Program to successfully navigate the complexities, urges Stadelnikas. The outcome here was a result of hard work, devotion, and the collaborative efforts of our experienced team.

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The attorneys at mctlaw have extensive experience representing people in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).

For almost 20 years the lawyers at our firm have helped people in all 50 states file vaccine injury claims. We have offices located in Washington, DC, Sarasota, FL, and Seattle, WA. Our DC office is located two blocks from the Vaccine Court.

Vaccine injuries are not personal injury cases, they are a unique part of the Federal Court system. There are a small number of attorneys across the US who regularly practice in this court. Mctlaw represents our clients in vaccine injury cases at no cost to them.

The NVICP pays attorney’s fees separately from the victim’s claim. This way, the victim keeps 100% of their award and never shares any part of it with their attorney. You can review a list of over 500 of our case results here: https://www.mctlaw.com/vaccine-injury/cases/

In 1986 the federal government set up the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. This way, the government may compensate the small percentage of people who experience rare and severe vaccine reactions. As of June 2018, the program trust contains over $3.75 billion dollars to compensate patients who experience adverse vaccine reactions.