Human Papillomavirus HPV and Vaccine Injuries

About the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, and individuals can be infected with HPV for years without showing any symptoms. The HPV vaccine can protect against certain types of HPV, and also some of the cancers linked to HPV.

The only HPV vaccine currently licensed for use in the United States is called Gardasil 9. It immunizes against HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58. HPV types 16 and 18 are some of the highest-risk strains of human papillomavirus. Together, they are responsible for about 70% of cervical cancer cases.

HPV Vaccine Case Results

Our lawyers have successfully represented clients who developed the following injuries after receiving the HPV vaccine:

  • Dermatomyositis
  • Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Headaches
  • Visual changes
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Sequential Peripheral Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)

In 2017, our lawyers negotiated an $11.5 million lifetime settlement for a client who developed neuromyelitis optica after receiving the HPV vaccine.

In 2010, our firm negotiated a $3.5 million settlement for a client who developed multiple sclerosis after receiving the HPV vaccine and meningococcal vaccine.

Between 2006 and 2018, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) received 333 claims for HPV vaccine injuries. Only 142 of those cases qualified for compensation

Did You Experience a Reaction After an HPV Vaccine?

There is a statute of limitations to file a claim, so don’t wait to find out if you qualify. We may be able to help if you got a vaccination between 2017 and 2020.

Vaccine Injuries Associated with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine

Guillain-Barré Syndrome, also called GBS, is an autoimmune disorder that can occur after vaccination with the human papillomavirus (HPV) shot. GBS causes your immune system to attack the protective layer around the nerves, which leads to weakness and tingling in the extremities and can eventually cause complete paralysis of your body. The most extreme cases of GBS can result in difficulty breathing, heart attacks, severe pain, and bowel and bladder dysfunction. There is no known cure for GBS.

Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is a rare neurological disorder that primarily affects children but can also occur in adults. While it is rare, ADEM cases have developed as a reaction to the HPV shot. In ADEM, the immune system essentially overreacts and produces inflammation in the nervous system and damage to the protective layer that coats the nerve fibers. This causes individuals with ADEM to experience confusion, blurry vision, and difficulty moving. 

Autoimmune hepatitis is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the liver cells, causing liver damage and dysfunction. Though the cause of autoimmune hepatitis is not clear, in rare cases, autoimmune hepatitis has occurred in patients who recently received the HPV vaccine. Symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis include yellowing of the skin and eyes, abdominal pain, severe fatigue, and joint pain. Severe cases of autoimmune hepatitis may result in liver scarring (cirrhosis) and liver failure. 

Bell’s Palsy is a form of facial paralysis that occurs after the facial nerve becomes inflamed and begins to malfunction. Facial nerve inflammation can be triggered by an infection or trauma. In rare cases, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has triggered Bell’s Palsy. The most prominent symptom of Bell’s Palsy is paralysis on one side of the face, which can cause drooling, inability to taste food, and drooping of the eye(s) and mouth.

Fainting, known in the medical world as syncope, can occur after a variety of routine medical procedures, including HPV vaccine. According to the CDC, there have been “reports of people fainting after nearly all vaccines,” and post-vaccine fainting is especially common among teenagers.

Linear IgA Bullous Dermatosis is a rare autoimmune disease characterized by severe skin blistering. Although the particular cause of Linear IgA is not clear, the disease can be triggered by an infection or medication, and there have been cases of Linear IgA that appeared to be triggered by the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Linear IgA blisters can vary in size, texture and color: they can be red and flat, or elevated and filled with clear fluid. 

Neuromyleitis Optica, also known as Devic’s disease or NMO, is a central nervous system disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the optic (eye) nerve and the spinal cord. The cause of the disorder is not fully understood, but NMO sometimes develops after an infection; in very rare cases, NMO can be triggered by the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Because NMO targets the spinal cord and the optic nerve, this disorder can cause severe complications, such as partial paralysis, blindness, numbness, and seizures. 

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a disorder that causes prolonged swelling and pain, typically in one limb. The cause of CRPS is not fully understood, but evidence suggests that CRPS is the result of damage to the central nervous system. In very rare cases CRPS can occur after getting a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the affected limb. The primary symptoms of CRPS are severe pain, extreme sensitivity to contact, stiffness, and swelling in one limb.

FAQ About the Vaccine Injury Compensation Process

Our attorneys file all vaccine injury cases through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), a special no-fault court designed to compensate individuals who suffer rare vaccine injuries. 

Yes. We advise that you DO NOT attempt to represent yourself in the National Vaccine Compensation Program.  Hiring a vaccine attorney comes at no cost to you because the Court pays for all legal fees.

There is NO cost to file a claim.  mctlaw does not charge its clients to represent them in cases brought under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. We do not take a percentage or contingency fee from your financial award. We are paid separately by the Court of Federal Claims at the conclusion of the case.

As a service to our clients, our Firm also covers the costs of litigating the case, such as filing fees, expert witness fees, travel expenses, etc. 

No. The Vaccine Court is located in Washington, DC and covers all vaccine injury claims in the United States. This is not a “local” case that a local personal injury lawyer should handle.   Our attorneys are ready to represent you no matter where you live in the United States and its territories.  Our attorneys come to you at or near your home so there is no need for you to travel to our offices in Washington, DC, Sarasota, FL, or Seattle, WA.

First, we need a copy of your vaccine record.  This tells us exactly what vaccines you got and when you got them.

Next, we’ll ask for copies of all relevant medical records and a list of every doctor or hospital where you’ve received treatment for your vaccine injury. 

We use this information to gather the remaining medical records on file at each location. 

We then turn over a copy of your complete and comprehensive medical records to the Court.

This process is designed to be quicker than civil litigation. With some exceptions, it usually is.

A hearing on whether the vaccine caused the injury often occurs within a year. Cases that settle can conclude in as little as a year or two. Other cases, despite our best efforts, can take several years.

Compensation includes monetary damages for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs. Compensation for pain and suffering is limited to a maximum of $250,000. There is no limit of compensation for medical expenses and lost wages.

About the HPV Vaccine

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the HPV vaccine be given to children between 11 and 12 years old in two separate doses, with the second dose being given between 6-12 months after the first vaccination.

Though the CDC recommends that HPV vaccination occur between 11 and 12 years of age, the vaccine can be given as early as 9 years old and as late as 26 years old.

The human papillomavirus vaccine has significantly reduced HPV infections and HPV-related cancer rates among women. According to the CDC, rates of cervical pre-cancer (cells that can cause cancer) caused by HPV are 40% lower among vaccinated women than they are among unvaccinated women.

Similar to other vaccines, the HPV vaccine works by introducing virus-like particles (which cannot cause an actual infection) into the body. This causes the immune system to produce the antibodies that can fight off human papillomaviruses in the future.

Content Reviewed by Diana Stadelnikas - Vaccine Injury Lawyer

Diana Stadelnikas
Diana L. Stadelnikas is a lawyer who represents vaccine injury clients and families across the United States. She is admitted to the Florida Bar and is a member of the bar of the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC. Ms. Stadelnikas has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Diana was part of a pioneering team of pediatric surgical nurses at West Virginia University Medical Center.
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