Gardasil Injury Cases

Gardasil Injury Cases

The national law firm of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman is a leader in the Gardasil injury litigation against the vaccine manufacturer, New Jersey-based Merck & Co., Inc. Since 2019, the firm has filed numerous Gardasil lawsuits against Merck on behalf of young men and women who sustained life altering injuries and devastating side effects after receiving the allegedly “defective and dangerous” human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

While each Gardasil case is unique, they all share commonalities:

Before Gardasil, our clients were happy, healthy kids who were active and enjoyed a wide range of activities. After Gardasil, their lives have changed to constant doctor’s office visits and treatments for an endless list of severe health issues, including (but not limited to):

  • Autonomic Dysfunction (Dysautonomia)
  • Chronic Migraines
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
  • Orthostatic Intolerance (OI)
  • Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS)
  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
  • Sinus Tachycardia

Plaintiffs in Gardasil Injury Lawsuits

Plaintiff: Ashley Dalton
Gardasil Lawsuit Filed in: Detroit, Michigan – U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Date Filed: Oct. 1, 2021
Post-Gardasil Injuries Cited in Complaint: Autonomic Dysfunction, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Orthostatic Intolerance (OI), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

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Ashley was just 13 years old when she received three doses of Gardasil between 2012 and 2013. Just days after the shot, she developed headaches, increased trouble sleeping, extreme fatigue, and irritability, among other issues. Months after Gardasil, she developed painful cysts, migraines, dizziness, insomnia, daytime hypersomnolence, cognitive slowing, fast heart rate, heart palpitations, episodes of shaking, hypnagogic hallucinations, ovarian cysts, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, seizure-like episodes, irritability, anxiety, and panic attacks, among other issues.

Her unceasing symptoms forced her to drop out of school. She had to stop cheerleading, one of her favorite activities as a young teen.

“I had no idea that Gardasil was capable of changing my life like this. Even on my best days, I’m still dealing with symptoms that keep me from living the life I want, and that’s not fair.” – Ashley Dalton

Plaintiff: Hayden Shain
Gardasil Lawsuit Filed in: Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles
Date Filed: September 28, 2021
Post Gardasil Injuries Cited in Complaint: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Autoimmune Dysautonomia, Orthostatic Intolerance (OI), Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS)

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Hayden Shain was 15 years old when his doctor recommended the Gardasil vaccine. Before Gardasil, Hayden was a happy, healthy, and hard-working teen who maintained straight A’s in school, competed on his local club swim team, and had a rich social life.

Less than a month after his Gardasil injection, Hayden suffered from several medical issues, including weakness, severe headaches, insomnia, brain fog, fatigue, and trouble talking. His condition only got worse as time passed. Multiple physicians and specialists treated him for the symptoms listed above, as well as gastrointestinal issues, poor coordination, chronic fatigue, concentration and memory issues, depression, anxiety, and other ailments.

Like many young people with post-Gardasil injuries, Hayden was forced to leave school. He also had to quit swimming, a sport he loved dearly. Today, Hayden still experiences most of the symptoms listed above and is homebound. His disabling physical injuries and cognitive limitations have forced him to be mostly homebound.

“When I think back on the day I received the Gardasil shot, I remember that if this vaccine is ‘effective’ and it will ‘limit the impact of HPV,’ I want to do the right thing for my health and take it. I had no idea how destructive it would be. If I knew the risk I was taking, if I knew this is what my life would become, there’s no way I would’ve said yes to the shot.” – Hayden Shain

Plaintiff: Ruby Silver
Gardasil Lawsuit Filed in: U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Date Filed: July 30, 2021

Post Gardasil Injuries Cited in Complaint: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Orthostatic Intolerance (OI), Autonomic Dysfunction (Dysautonomia), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Gastroparesis

Ruby received one shot of Gardasil when she was 12 years old. Before her vaccination, she was a happy and active child who loved to play softball. She was also an excellent student. Ruby scored a perfect FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) score and was awarded a certificate from the Governor of Florida. Less than 1% of students receive a perfect score on the FCAT.

All of that changed after receiving her first and only Gardasil injection. Soon after vaccination, Ruby experienced shortness of breath, nausea, and headaches. She was hospitalized months later for dizziness and persistent nausea. On the way to the hospital, her eyes were rolling into the back of her hear. Doctors treated her for a long list of symptoms, prolonged general fatigue, chronic headaches, migratory joint pain, myalgia, myoclonus, dysautonomia symptoms including orthostatic fainting, gastrointestinal motility, motor dysfunction, abnormal sensation including coldness in limb, limb paresthesia, photophobia, hypersomnia, insomnia, and verbal dyspraxia.

Ruby had trouble keeping up with classes and was forced to leave school and stop playing on the softball team. She could barely attend online college classes and had to put her career dreams on hold due to her extreme fatigue. An overachiever as a kid, it was extremely difficult for Ruby to accept her post-Gardasil limitations.

“When I was a kid, I wanted to study medicine and become a doctor. I believed that pharmaceutical companies were truly interested in advancing science to help people. After what’s happened to me and so many others, I don’t know if I believe that anymore. And just because I have filed this lawsuit does not mean I am ‘anti-vax.’ Clearly, I got the shot, all of my other shots and the Covid vaccine. But my dreams are shattered, and I have lost my quality of life because of Gardasil, and I want Merck exposed and held liable for what they have done.” – Ruby Silver

Plaintiff: Abigail “Abby” Stratton
Gardasil Lawsuit Filed in: U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
Date Filed: July 21, 2021

Post Gardasil Injuries Cited in Complaint: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Autonomic Dysfunction (Dysautonomia)

Abby received the Gardasil HPV vaccine when she was 19. Before vaccination, she was an active teen who participated in sports, including gymnastics, cross-country, track, and cheerleading.

Within a matter of weeks, Abby noticed that she had rosacea and some other minor issues. Her health entered a steep decline after about a month. She suffered from headaches that were so bad, she often threw up and had to go to the hospital multiple times.

One time while attempting to work out at her gym, she nearly passed out while running on a treadmill. After this experience, she stopped going to the gym. Her symptoms were so severe that she could not even walk up the steps to her apartment.

Roughly a year and a half after her vaccination, Abby was hospitalized because she could barely walk. Her symptoms severe and unbearable, she remained in the hospital for weeks.

Abby had several incidents where doctors labeled her health issues as not serious and anxiety-related. On at least one occasion, her physician ridiculed her for “being ridiculous” about her symptoms.

Abby’s life after Gardasil is radically different than the life she knew as a teen. Even with a strict regime of eating a clean diet, drinking Liquid IV daily, supplementing organic sulfur, and avoiding caffeine, she still suffers from a myriad of debilitating health issues.

“One of the hardest things about life after Gardasil is having people not believe me when I tell them I’m suffering. The pain is hard enough to deal with; when you also have to suffer the indignity of not being believed about that pain, it’s so much worse. I’m doing this because I want others who are dealing with POTS to know that they aren’t alone.” – Abby Stratton

Plaintiff: Savannah Flores
Gardasil Lawsuit Filed in: U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
Date Filed: April 9, 2021

Post Gardasil Injuries Cited in Complaint: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Orthostatic Intolerance (OI), Autonomic Dysfunction (Dysautonomia), Hypoaldosteronism, Hirsutism

Savannah was 14 years old when she received her first shot of Gardasil. Afterwards, she developed symptoms of fatigue, dizziness, and nausea. Savannah and her parents also noticed an increase of hair growing on her face and chest.

At 15 years, she received her second Gardasil shot. It didn’t take long for her health took a serious downturn. Savannah began to experience symptoms of dysautonomia, such as trembling, shaking, chest pressure, palpitations, and headaches. She was hospitalized twice within weeks of the second injection.

As months passed, she suffered from a long list of injuries and ailments, including dizziness, chest pains, trouble breathing, presyncope, tachycardia and heart palpitations, nausea and stomach cramps, excessive fatigue, difficulty concentrating, vertigo, low blood pressure, blurry vision and visual disturbances, and chronic migraines (among others).

Savannah had no choice but to leave high school her sophomore year. She finished the majority of this grade at home. After graduating, she was unable to attend college classes on campus and had to put her career dreams on hold due to her extreme fatigue.

Savannah persevered through serious health issues for years and now works as a substitute teacher in Nevada. Nevertheless, she still worries constantly about her heatlh after Gardasil.

“I live in fear of the next migraine. It’s scary not knowing at any given time whether I’ll get a migraine or have another symptom that lays me up for a day or more. I miss normal.” – Savannah Flores

Plaintiff: Korrine Herlth
Gardasil Lawsuit Filed in: U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
Date Filed: March 30, 2021

Post Gardasil Injuries Cited in Complaint: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Sinus Tachycardia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS), Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Endometriosis, Worsened Hearing Loss, Progressive Vision Loss

Korrine was 15 when she received the Gardasil HPV vaccine. Prior to the shot, she was a vocational agriculture student who excelled in her studies, enjoyed spending time outdoors, singing in multiple choirs, taking care of farm animals, as well as her own animals at home.

Within a few days of the injection, Korrine experienced dizziness and shakiness, headache, and nausea. She also noticed an increased heartbeat and felt faint and unsteady when she stood. In the months that followed, doctors treated her for daily seizures, intractable vertigo and nausea exacerbated by double vision, balance difficulties, fatigue, anxiety and panic attacks, convulsions, sleep apnea and sleep disturbances; depression, cognitive difficulties, numbness and tingling in her lower extremities, involuntary movements, chronic joint pain, and vision and hearing loss.

Korrine was unable to participate in school and choir events in the same manner she used to prior to her Gardasil injections, her physical activities declined, she was constantly tired, dizzy, fatigued or in pain. She was taken out of school and had to complete the majority of her high school classes via homebound and one-on-one tutoring. Korrine had hopes of attending community college but was forced to defer her education due to her worsening physical condition.

“I was a happy kid. But Gardasil has made my life a living hell. The things I loved doing were ripped away from me. … I just want my old life back.”– Korrine Herlth

Plaintiff: Kayla Carillo
Gardasil Lawsuit Filed in: Superior Court for the State of California, County of Orange
Date Filed: February 2, 2021

Post Gardasil Injuries Cited in Complaint: Guillain–Barré Syndrome (GBS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Orthostatic Intolerance (OI), Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CDIP), Small Fiber Neuropathy (SFN), Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS), Transverse Myelitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Interconnective Tissue Disorder, Autoimmune Pancreatitis (AIP), Autoimmune Hepatitis

Kayla was a happy and active young girl who enjoyed playing musical instruments and had early ambitions to study art. That all changed when at age 12 she received her first shot of Gardasil.

Almost immediately after, Kayla suffered a seizure-like episode which included a staring spell, facial swelling, slurred speech, and a severe headache. Within a few days, she developed migraines, dizziness, and numbness. Over the following months, Kayla also had constant headaches, severe migraines, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, heart palpitations, insomnia, and symptoms of auditory hallucinations and parasomnias. She was hospitalized multiple times after suffering a seizure or collapsing.

Due to her constant and severe symptoms, Kayla had to drop out of high school to complete her schooling at home. She is unable to hold down a job for any significant amount of time due to chronic pain and poor health. She also cannot drive a car because of the risks of fainting or having a seizure while driving. To date, Kayla has had at least four surgeries to remove ovarian cysts. Doctors have told her that she will not be able to have children due to the damage to her reproductive organs.

“One of the hardest things for a mother to hear is your daughter will not be able to have children. Having to be the one to tell your daughter that she won’t be able to get pregnant is a pain that is beyond words.” – Marlena Carillo, Kayla’s mother

Plaintiff: Michael “Mike” Colbath
Gardasil Lawsuit Filed in: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Date Filed: January 21, 2021

Post Gardasil Injuries Cited in Complaint: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Idiopathic Hypersomnia (IH), Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Gastroparesis

Mike received the Gardasil HPV vaccine at age 14. Before the shot, he had earned a second-degree black belt in taekwondo, made Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts, was the captain of his academic team, was a member of the robotics club, and played in the band at his middle school.

Mike had always been an early riser with plenty of energy to carry him throughout the school day and for his other activities and hobbies. In the months following his first Gardasil injection, he began to have trouble staying awake for the latter part of the school day. He was exhausted and could barely keep his head up while sitting at his desk. He began to avoid the activities that he used to love due to his extreme fatigue.

After the second shot, Mike had severe foot pain and needed crutches at school. His fatigue also increased, he was having difficulty waking up in the morning and getting out of bed. He developed memory problems, started performing poorly in school and suffered terrible headaches.

Doctors treated him for migraine headaches, pain, chronic fatigue, hypersomnolence (sleeping 15-22 hours in a 24-hour period), tachycardia, tunnel vision on standing, difficulty with concentration and memory, confusion and brain fog, and intermittent or episodic paralysis, among other issues.

As a result of these and other injuries and ailments, Mike missed the majority of high school and had to complete most of the schoolwork at home. After being accepted to a university, Mike and his parents had to sort out extensive accommodations for his impairments. He is disabled and will likely be unable to hold down a normal job or participate in the same activities that he used to prior to his Gardasil-induced injuries.

“So many of the things I loved to do in life were impossible after I was injured by the Gardasil vaccine at 14. Now every morning I wake up feeling as though I am underwater, every muscle slowly trying to respond to the commands I give them. Eventually, I struggle enough to sit up. I reach over and take my medication sitting on my nightstand. After a few hours, I am able to get up and walk the five steps to my desk.” – Mike Colbath

Plaintiff: Sahara Walker
Gardasil Lawsuit Filed in: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
Date Filed: November 18, 2020

Post Gardasil Injuries Cited in Complaint: Guillain–Barré Syndrome (GBS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Orthostatic Intolerance (OI), Orthostatic Hypotension (OH), Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CDIP), Small Fiber Neuropathy (SFN), Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS), Transverse Myelitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Interconnective Tissue Disorder, Autoimmune Pancreatitis (AIP), Autoimmune Hepatitis

Sahara was 11 years old when she received her first and only shot of Gardasil in 2013. Just before the Gardasil injection, she scored in the top 97th percentile of all Wisconsin students in math. She was active in sports and consistently performed well in school.

Just days after the Gardasil shot, Sahara started vomiting and dealt with severe headaches. She soon began to experience severe body aches, then later had fevers as well. Sahara slept excessively, was extremely fatigue while awake.

Months later, her symptoms included daily migraines, severe body aches; light sensitivity, lightheadedness, nausea, fainting, abdominal pain, severe joint, muscle, and bone pain, legs giving out, and vision issues (among others). These and other symptoms forced Sahara out of school. She was homeschooled and missed out on most of her junior high and all of her high school years.

Roughly three years after the Gardasil shot, her medication regimen to treat numerous symptoms reached 55 pills a day. Today, Sahara receives a very expensive intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatment, which has allowed her to walk again and even go mountain biking.

“We are pro-vaccine. We would have never had Sahara get the Gardasil vaccine if we didn't believe in the importance of vaccines. But since she became sick and disabled within days of getting the shot, we firmly believe her adverse reactions were caused by the Gardasil vaccine.” – Melissa Roglitz-Walker, Sahara’s mother

Plaintiff: Zachariah (Zach) Otto
Gardasil Lawsuit Filed in: Superior Court for the State of California, County of Orange
Date Filed: September 16, 2020
Post Gardasil Injuries Cited in Complaint: Guillain–Barré Syndrome (GBS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Orthostatic Intolerance (OI), Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CDIP), Small Fiber Neuropathy (SFN), Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS), Transverse Myelitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Interconnective Tissue Disorder, Autoimmune Pancreatitis (AIP), Autoimmune Hepatitis

Zach received the first of three Gardasil shots when he was 16 years old. His mom, Jenn Otto, relied upon Merck’s marketing campaign concerning the safety and efficacy of the Gardasil when she consented to her son’s first Gardasil injection. After his second injection, Zach suffered from headaches, pain, cold-like symptoms, enhanced lymph nodes in his neck, and unexplained rashes.

Within days of his third dose, Zach’s knees gave out on him at his job and his mother was forced to pick him up. He experienced many other serious and disabling symptoms over the next few months and sought treatment for chronic pain in joints, orthostatic intolerance, dysautonomia, weakness, hives, osteoporosis, extreme weight loss, chronic fatigue, memory and cognitive issues, brain fog, and many others.

Zach’s post-Gardasil injuries and symptoms forced him to drop out of college for some time. He has not been able maintain employment, and has, at times, been immobile without the aid of a cane for short distances and requires a power-assisted wheelchair for longer distances. Zach is legally disabled and must live with his mother, who is his primary caregiver.

"My life is a constant battle between attempting to improve my life and being held back by my own body's limitations. Gardasil has turned my body into a prison, an anchor that won't afford me the ability to live an independent life and one that significantly restricts my ability to grow as a person. Life with vaccine injuries has been a battle, not just to survive, but to live.” – Zach Otto

Plaintiff: Julia Balasco
Gardasil Lawsuit Filed in: U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
Date Filed: August 19, 2020
Post Gardasil Injuries Cited in Complaint: Autonomic Dysfunction (Dysautonomia), Fibromyalgia, Orthostatic Intolerance (OI), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)