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Vaccine Injuries

Riley v. Sec’y of HHS, No. 08-26V, 2009 WL 3320516 (USCFC Spec. Mstr. Sept. 2009)
On November 6, 2006, Michael Patrick Riley received a flu vaccine. Eight days later, he experienced symptoms that constituted the onset of Guillain Barré Syndrome (“GBS”). On November 20, 2006, he was admitted to the hospital, where . . .(Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Goza v. Sec’y of HHS, No. 07-290V, 2008 WL 3320516 (USCFC Spec. Mstr. Sept. 2009)
On October 15, 1997, Tammy Edwards Goza received a flu vaccine. Several weeks later, she experienced weakness, tingling, and sensory loss in the upper extremities. Her symptoms progressed to include her lower extremities. Tammy was hospitalized in January 1998, and treated with . . . (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Lee v. Sec’y of HHS, No. 07-457V, 2008 WL 4916292 (USCFC Spec. Mstr. Oct. 2008) (stipulation).
Christine Lee received her flu immunization on October 28, 2005. Thereafter she developed Transverse Myelitis (“TM”) as a result of her flu vaccination. The parties agreed . . . (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Orlando v. Sec’y of HHS, No. 07-121V, 2009 WL 482298 (USCFC Spec. Mstr. Feb. 2009) (stipulation)
Kevin Orlando sustained left shoulder brachial neuritis with permanent neurologic sequelae as a result of his January 14, 2005 flu vaccine. The parties agreed . . . (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Cordick v. Sec’y of HHS, No. 05-879V, 2009 WL 2135804 (USCFC Spec. Mstr. June 2009)
Diane Cordick received a flu vaccine on December 5, 2001. Thereafter, she suffered Guillain Barré Syndrome (“GBS”). The special master stated, “Numerous vaccine cases involving GBS resulting from a flu immunization have been compensated under . . . (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Schmidt v. Sec’y of HHS, No. 07-20V, 2009 WL 5196196 (USCFC Spec. Mstr. Dec. 2009)
Louise Schmidt received a flu vaccine on November 22, 2005. Shortly thereafter, she experienced an upper respiratory infection (“URI”). The special master found that the flu vaccine, together with the URI, caused her . . . (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Coughlin v. Sec’y of HHS, No. 07-657V, 2008 WL 4596327 (USCFC Spec. Mstr. Sept. 2008) (stipulation)
Lola Coughlin received a flu vaccine on October 20, 2006, which caused or significantly aggravated her adhesive capsulitis, otherwise known as . . .(Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Heinzelman v. Sec’y of HHS, No. 07-01V, 2008 WL 5479123 (USCFC Spec. Mstr. Dec. 2008)
Stacey Heinzelman received her flu vaccine on December 10, 2003. On December 19, 2003, she experienced a gastrointestinal illness. On December 30, 2003, Stacey had a headache, tingling in her hands and feet, and stiff legs. The following day, she was admitted to the hospital and was diagnosed with Guillain Barré Syndrome (“GBS”). She continued to suffer . . . (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Doe/74 v. Sec'y of HHS; (Spec. Mstr. 6/28/10)
At the age of 18, in preparation for college, Jane Doe/74 (name redacted for privacy issues) received tetanus/diphtheria (Td) and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccines. Three weeks later, she developed numbness and tingling in her fingers. During the next three weeks, these symptoms spread to her upper and lower limbs. Her neurologist diagnosed transverse myelitis (TM) "secondary to vaccination." Jane was later diagnosed with chronic multiple sclerosis (MS), a condition that frequently follows TM, as both are central nervous system disorders. Jane filed a petition in the Vaccine Program alleging the vaccines caused her TM and MS. The Secretary of HHS denied that these vaccines are capable of causing either condition, After a hearing at which both parties presented expert witness testimony, a special master ruled (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Sucher v. Sec'y of HHS; No. 07-0058v (Spec. Mstr. 3/15/10)
Evelyn was born healthy. She had gastroenteritis one (1) week before her 6-months shots on February 11, 2004 when she received her scheduled DTaP vaccine. Early the next morning, she had a fever and was given Tylenol. Shortly thereafter, she had a seizure that persisted for 5 minutes. She was taken to the emergency room where she had a second seizure that persisted for several minutes. She was diagnosed with complex seizures. Since that time, Evelyn has . . . (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Garcia v. Sec'y of HHS; No. 05-0720v (Spec. Mstr. 11/12/08)
On July 23, 2003, at the age of 49, Roberto Garcia received a booster tetanus vaccination. The next day, he experienced weakness in his arms and legs. These symptoms became progressively worse. He was admitted to the hospital 2 days after the vaccine when his right arm became paralyzed and he had shortness of breath. In the hospital, he became completely paralyzed and required the insertion of a tube to breathe. He was diagnosed with Guillian-Barre Syndrome (GBS). He slowly recovered but still has residual problems due to his injury. He filed a petition in the Vaccine Program alleging the tetanus vaccine caused his GBS. At a hearing, the government’s expert testified that . . .(Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Zeller v. Sec’y of HHS; No. 06-120v (Spec. Mstr. 7/30/08)
Ben Zeller was born with a non-progressive brain injury and a small head. He also had nystagmus (involuntary eye movements) that improved over time. Although developmentally delayed in his gross motor skills, Ben was in good health when, at the age of 12 months, he received a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Ten (10) days later, he suffered a several-minute, febrile seizure, followed by...(Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Doe/52 v. Sec’y of HHS; (Spec. Mstr. 12/15/09)
At 13 years of age, Jane Doe/52 (name redacted for issues of privacy) had an Epstein-Barr virus (“EBV”), from which she recovered. At 29 years of age, she received a hepatitis B (“hep B”) vaccine. Within three days, she had flu-like symptoms, including lower back pain, sore throat, lymph node swelling, musculoskeletal pain, and extreme exhaustion. Then, her hair . . . (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Rotoli, Myers, Torbett, Porter, and Hager vs. the Sec’y of HHS; (USCFC 8/17/09)
In the following cases, Rotoli, Myers, Torbett, Porter, and Hager vs. the Sec’y of HHS, five (5) petitioners alleged that the hepatitis B vaccine had caused them to suffer autoimmune hepatitis. After several days of hearing, a special master determined that the petitioners’ expert immunologist, who testified on behalf of all five petitioners, was neither credible nor truthful when he testified that vaccines had caused these injuries. The special master dismissed all five petitions. In so doing, he threatened to deny the fees of the petitioners’ expert and their attorneys because, in his view, the claims had no reasonable basis. He also advised the petitioners to accept his decisions as final. In this regard, he warned, special masters’ decisions with respect to findings of credibility, like the ones he made in these cases, were “virtually unreviewable” by higher courts. Undaunted by the threats of the special master, the petitioners moved . . .(Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Dory Zatuchni, Executrix of the Estate of E. Barbara Snyder, deceased v. Sec’y of HHS; No. 07-5034v (USCFC 2006 & Federal Circuit 2/12/08)
In 1994, Barbara Snyder filed a claim alleging a rubella vaccine caused her to suffer chronic arthralgia (joint pain) and fibromyalgia. Barbara died on April 28, 2005 before a decision. On May 6, 2005, eight (8) days after Barbara's death, a special master issued. . .(Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Capizzano v. Sec’y of HHS; No. 05-5049v (Federal Circuit 3/9/06) On March 9, 2006, in a clear victory for petitioners in the Vaccine Program, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federa
On March 9, 2006, in a clear victory for petitioners in the Vaccine Program, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued Capizzano v. Sec’y of HHS. The Court held, once again, that petitioners need not present peer-reviewed scientific literature to prevail. It is enough, the Court said, if a . . .(Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Stevens v. Sec’y of HHS; No. 99-594v (Spec. Mstr. 2/24/06)
On February 24, 2006, Special Master Laura Millman ruled that a hepatitis B vaccine caused an adult woman to suffer transverse myelitis (TM), a serious neurological, demyelinating disorder. The evidence in this case was stronger than most, because the petitioner suffered two separate episodes of. . . (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Snyder v. Sec’y of HHS; No. 94-58v (USCFC 2/9/06)
n 1994, Barbara Snyder filed a claim alleging a rubella vaccine caused her to suffer chronic arthralgia (joint pain) and fibromyalgia. Barbara died on April 28, 2005 before a decision was made in her case. On May 6, 2005, eight (8) days after Barbara's death, a special master issued a . . . (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Fernandez v. Sec’y of HHS; No. 99-0492v (Spec. Mstr. 9/22/05)
A one year-old boy suffered an intractable seizure disorder beginning four days after receiving a measles-mumps-rubella ("MMR") vaccination. Nearly 3 years later, he died as a result of . . . (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Kelley v. Sec'y of HHS; No. 02-223v (USCFC 8/31/05)
A 14 year-old boy suffered a permanent nervous system disorder, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy ("CIDP"), after receiving a tetanus toxoid ("TT") vaccine. The chief special master in the Vaccine Program dismissed his case because: "Based on the lack of support from . . . (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Althen v. Sec'y of HHS; No. 04-5146v (Federal Circuit 7/29/05)
In Althen v. Sec'y of HHS, a landmark decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Court lightened the burden of proof for petitioners in the Vaccine Program. Previously, the courts had described a petitioner's burden as "heavy lifting." However, the Court made clear a person need only show a vaccine was . . . (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Camerlin v. Sec’y of HHS; No. 99-615v (Spec. Mstr. 10/29/03)
An 8-month-old boy had an ear infection. Eleven days later, he received a haemophilus influenza type B (“Hib”) vaccine, after which he spiked a fever to 105°F, became lethargic, and was diagnosed with transverse myelitis (“TM”). The special master found . . .(Read the Full story by clicking here)
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Althen v. Sec'y of HHS; No. 00-170v (USCFC 9/30/03)
A 49-year-old woman suffered a permanent nervous system disorder after a tetanus vaccine. A special master in vaccine Program dismissed her case because she had insufficient . . . (Read the Full story by clicking here)
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