Gardasil Lawsuit Claims HPV Vaccine Caused Teen Severe Injuries - Moms Across America

Gardasil Lawsuit Claims HPV Vaccine Caused Teen Severe Injuries

UPDATED on June 14, 2022

The national law firm of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman has filed a Gardasil lawsuit against Merck on behalf of a 19-year-old woman, alleging the company misled the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), legislators, doctors and moms about the safety and efficacy of its Gardasil HPV vaccine.

The lawsuit asserts Merck purposely downplayed the risk of Gardasil’s ingredients, including a proprietary aluminum compound (a potent neurotoxin) and secret and potentially hazardous DNA particles.

Per the complaint, plaintiff Julia Balasco suffered and continues to suffer severe and permanent physical injuries such as an autoimmune disease known as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) after receiving multiple injections of the human papillomavirus (HPV) Gardasil vaccine. Ms. Balasco’s injuries were so severe and debilitating, that she was physically unable to attend most of her high school years.

When Julia was due for her third Gardasil injection, her mother started to believe that Gardasil may have been the cause of her daughter’s symptoms. The family doctor agreed that the timeline following each of the shots and the symptoms Julia experienced was suspicious but could not say for certain that Gardasil was the cause.

After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and years of struggle, Julia’s life continues to be altered in very dramatic ways. Now 19, she struggles to keep up with friends and cannot participate in many of the things she used to enjoy. She was forced to stop cheerleading because she could no longer participate and has switched to online learning exclusively instead of attending in-person classes.

“This is no life for anyone,” her mother says. If Mrs. Balasco had been informed about the known safety risks associated with Gardasil, she never would have allowed her daughter to receive the HPV vaccine.

“It’s too late for my daughter. The damage is already done, but it’s not too late to warn other parents about the truth about Gardasil,” said Michaela Balasco, Julia’s mother. “Thousands of families are going through what we are going through. I have made friends around the world whose children are suffering like my Julia. She is not alone. I want Gardasil off the market so my grandkids and other children don’t have to needlessly suffer these injuries.”

Read more about the Gardasil lawsuit here.

June 2022 UPDATE:

Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman has created a Gardasil Injury Compensation Guide to get some much-needed information out there to people who may be suffering from post-Gardasil injuries. They get a lot of callers with questions about how these cases work, time limits on their cases, and what resources there are available to people. This guide addresses those and other questions.  

Click here to access the guide.

Click here for a PDF version of the guide.

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  • Jeanette Emery
    commented 2020-08-20 14:37:27 -0400
    Michaela Balasco: I do understand your challenges. My son also was affected by vaccines, and I was convinced that he should have the HPV vaccine by his physician at that time; while he had always reacted to vaccines, (I kept believing the doctors who told me the effects I saw were "normal’) the two HPV shots put him over the edge. Like your daughter, he had to stop school, give up wrestling (he was a proven champion at a young age), and basically became a shut-in for 6+ years. This was a boy who excelled academically, athletically, creatively, and was loved by his peers and teachers/coaches. His symptoms included: full body rashes w/o connection to season/foods/etc, debilitating fatigue and weakness, brain fog, massive inflammatory episodes, anemia, numerous allergies/intolerances w/o no rhyme or reason, and metabolic imbalances. At a few points, I was sure I would lose him. As you can see, I have walked in your shoes. Thankfully, after 6+ years of research and alternative care, his health is restored. It took a lot of time and a relocation to be near a naturopath/acupunturist/nutritionist along with a kinesthiologist/chiropractor to get the effective healing he needed. (I am a nurse, so relocation is doable for me in terms of employment. Needless to say, my views as a nurse are drastically changed!) The effort took time, discipline and massive lifestyle changes. The end result is his health. He is now finishing his schooling, playing his drums, working out, getting out with friends, and just living! Seeing his restored health made all the effort worth it. He will probably have to live with a strict diet for the remainder of his life, but he is now off all pharmaceuticals, and we no longer go to conventional physicians for any of his or the family’s health needs. If you are interested in connecting with the healers (I don’t like to call them practioners – they don’t practice, they do!), you may contact me – I am on Fb or Fb messenger, just look up my name: Jeanette Emery (I live in Indiana). With love and peace!
  • Linda Shryack
    commented 2020-08-20 13:38:01 -0400
    I’m so sorry for Michaela’s needless pain and health struggle There are sadly many others with severe health issues as a result of Gardasil. I’ve learned I have to be my own advocate and not trust blindly in an MD’s recommendation. These vaccines were given to my daughter as well. Praying she is able to have children someday.
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