Gardasil® HPV Vaccine Lawsuit

Vaccines like Gardasil®, which protects against the human papillomavirus (HPV), are useful for preventing the spread and curbing the potency of diseases. Unfortunately, many people who received the Gardasil vaccine claim that it caused life-altering injuries such as autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, movement disorders, neurological problems, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

If you or a loved one experienced severe side effects after getting the Gardasil vaccine, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

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What Is Gardasil?

Gardasil is a two- or three-dose vaccine manufactured by Merck & Co. that is designed to prevent a person from contracting four types of HPV. Because HPV can cause anal cancer, cervical cancer, genital warts, and vaginal and vulvar cancers, this vaccine also offers protection against these conditions.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gardasil in 2006 after just a six-month review period. Since then, thousands of adults and adolescents who received the Gardasil shot have reported suffering from severe and debilitating side effects.

Many are now filing lawsuits against Merck to seek compensation for their injuries.

What’s in the Gardasil Vaccine?

The Gardasil vaccine contains proteins from HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18, as well as the following ingredients:

  • Amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate (AAHS)
  • Yeast protein
  • Sodium chloride
  • L-histidine
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Sodium borate
  • Water

Some lawsuits allege that Gardasil also contains “dangerous and undisclosed ingredients,” such as HPV L1-DNA fragments and phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride (PMSF). These lawsuits also question the safety of disclosed ingredients like AAHS, L-histidine, polysorbate 80, and sodium borate.

Gardasil Side Effects

Since its FDA approval in 2006, the Gardasil vaccine has been linked to the following side effects:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Blood disorders like idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
  • Chronic fatigue syndromes
  • Chronic pain syndromes, including chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Death
  • Dysautonomia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Movement disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
  • Reproductive disorders, including premature ovarian failure (POF)
  • Small fiber neuropathy

Many individuals who received the Gardasil vaccine and experienced serious side effects have opted to file Gardasil injury lawsuits against Merck.

Injured after getting the Gardasil shot? See if you have a potential Gardasil case today by calling (800) 995-1212 or filling out the contact form on this page.

Gardasil Lawsuit Claims

Since 2020, scores of people who received one or more Gardasil shots have filed personal injury or product liability lawsuits against Merck, alleging that the Gardasil vaccine caused injuries such as autoimmune disorders, neurological disorders, and POTS.

These plaintiffs allege that Merck knew or should have known that its HPV vaccine could cause these debilitating side effects, but failed to warn patients about the risks.

Gardasil Lawsuit Compensation

Many Gardasil shot lawsuits demand compensation from Merck for the following damages:

  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

Any financial or emotional costs related to a Gardasil injury could potentially be recovered through a lawsuit.

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If you received the Gardasil HPV vaccine and experienced serious side effects, an experienced attorney with Sokolove Law can help you understand your legal options.

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Who Can File a Gardasil Lawsuit?

Individuals who experienced serious side effects after receiving one or more doses of the Gardasil vaccine may qualify for a Gardasil lawsuit.

Some of the most commonly reported Gardasil side effects include:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
  • Movement disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)

A Gardasil attorney can help determine if you are eligible for a Gardasil side effects lawsuit. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

How to File a Gardasil Vaccine Lawsuit

Filing a Gardasil lawsuit can seem overwhelming, especially when you’re combatting side effects from a vaccine you thought would protect you. But by working with an experienced team of Gardasil injury attorneys, you can make the legal process much easier and less stressful.

Here are just a few of the many tasks your Gardasil lawyers and their legal team may carry out:

  • Determining if you have a case during a free legal consultation
  • Gathering all of the evidence needed for your lawsuit
  • Filing the Gardasil complaint on your behalf
  • Pursuing compensation in the form of a Gardasil settlement or jury verdict
  • Going to trial if a settlement can’t be reached

Gardasil Lawsuit Settlement Amounts and Verdicts

A successful Gardasil lawsuit will secure compensation in one of two ways:

  • Gardasil Settlements: Most lawsuits are resolved via settlement, when the defendant agrees to pay the plaintiff a certain amount of money for their injuries. The plaintiff then withdraws their legal complaint, and the case is concluded without ever going to court.
  • Gardasil Jury Verdicts: If a settlement can’t be reached, a Gardasil lawsuit may proceed to trial, where a judge and jury will determine how much compensation the injured party is owed (if any).

Your Gardasil legal team will do everything in its power to reach a favorable settlement, but they will also be fully prepared to present your case at trial, should the need arise.

What to Look for in a Gardasil Injury Attorney

If you are planning to file a Gardasil lawsuit, you should know that not all Gardasil lawyers are created equal.

To maximize compensation and minimize stress, look for a law firm with the following qualities:

  • Decades of Experience: Sokolove Law has been helping people get access to justice for over 40 years.
  • Free Case Evaluations: Our attorneys offer free, no-obligation consultations.
  • Nationwide Presence: With experienced lawyers across the country, we can make sure you file your claim in the court that gives you the best chance of success.
  • No Upfront Fees: Sokolove attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis, which means they only get paid if your case results in compensation.
  • Track Record of Success: We’ve successfully recovered over $1.5 Billion for people injured by dangerous drugs and medical devices.

If you’ve experienced serious side effects after receiving the Gardasil vaccine, we may be able to help you pursue financial compensation through a Gardasil side effects lawsuit. Contact us to learn more.

Gardasil Lawsuit FAQs

Is there a lawsuit against Gardasil?

Yes. Many people who received the Gardasil HPV vaccine have filed lawsuits against drug manufacturer Merck & Co. after suffering from severe side effects, such as autoimmune disorders, motor disorders, neurological problems, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

These lawsuits seek compensation for damages such as lost income, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

Contact a Gardasil injury lawyer to see if you qualify for a Gardasil lawsuit.

When did Gardasil come out?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gardasil for use as a vaccine against four types of HPV in 2006. In the years since, thousands of adults and adolescents have reported experiencing serious side effects that they allege were caused by the Gardasil vaccine.

Many of these injured individuals have filed lawsuits against Merck alleging that they knew or should have known about the risks of autoimmune disorders, motor disorders, and other life-altering health issues.

How many Gardasil shots do you need?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children 11-12 years old should receive two doses of the Gardasil vaccine, given 6-12 months apart. If the second dose is given less than five months after the first one, a third dose is required.

For teens and adults 15 years or older, the CDC advises that three doses should be administered over the course of six months.

Does Gardasil prevent HPV?

Gardasil contains proteins from HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18, so in theory, it should offer protection against these four types of HPV, as well as cancers caused by HPV (such as anal cancer and cervical cancer).

It’s worth noting, though, that there are hundreds of different strains of the human papillomavirus, most of which Gardasil does not prevent.

Is Gardasil safe?

Since the FDA approved Gardasil in 2006, after just a six-month review period, the vaccine has been linked to severe side effects, such as autoimmune disorders, blood disorders, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, neurological issues, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

Many personal injury and product liability lawsuits filed by people who received the Gardasil shot allege that it was not properly vetted and is not safe.

If you or a loved one have experienced serious side effects after receiving one or more doses of the Gardasil vaccine, contact us for a free legal consultation.

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Last modified: May 2, 2022

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