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Anapol Schwartz Attorneys Obtain $1.5 Million Settlement for Woman Injured From a Flu Vaccine


December 23, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

Anapol Schwartz attorneys Lawrence Cohan and David Carney obtained a $1.5 million settlement on behalf of a Lebanon, PA woman who developed life-altering complications from Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) and severe ataxia after receiving an influenza (flu) vaccine.

The settlement Cohan and Carney obtained will compensate Wendy Lister for pain and suffering, lost wages and future medical care resulting from her rare and serious vaccine reaction.

"It is important to remember that while vaccines serve a crucial function to rooting out diseases in our society, they also carry a small risk of causing autoimmune diseases and the vaccine program helps compensate those victims," Cohan said. "Wendy was just such an unfortunate victim and we were honored to represent her interests in the National Vaccine Program."

Lister had no history of neurological impairment prior to receiving a flu vaccine at Philhaven Hospital in Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania on October 12, 2011. About two weeks later, Lister was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital with complaints of numbness, tingling, burning and weakness in her upper and lower extremities. Her symptoms progressed to constant pain and weakness in addition to an inability to perform even the simplest daily functions such as bathing, grooming and walking. She was diagnosed with GBS and severe ataxia after receiving a lumbar puncture and CT scan. Lister remained in the hospital for the next six weeks, and although she underwent occupational and physical therapy after leaving the intensive care unit, she showed minimal improvement.

Nearly a year after receiving the flu shot, Lister's condition and her complicated medical course left her with constant pain in her extremities, numbness in both feet and hands, and the ability to only walk short distances before becoming fatigued. Today, Lister is unable to drive and has been unable to return to work despite treatment and therapy. Her ongoing symptoms have also left her with an uncertain future and severe limitations on many daily activities that were once routine prior to her vaccination.

"We are very pleased with the settlement obtained for Wendy, which will ensure that she continues to get the medical treatment necessary to help improve her prognosis in the future," Carney said. "While compensation cannot restore her health, it is fortunate that a vaccine program exists to help compensate an unfortunate victim like Wendy."

GBS is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system, causing varying degrees of paralysis in the upper and lower extremities. Recovery is possible, but a small percentage of people have lingering complications for years. Ataxia is a nervous system disorder that affects movement and balance control throughout the body. Recovery is also possible but unpredictable for ataxia.

The attorneys at Anapol Schwartz encourage everyone to get vaccinated according to physician recommendations. Vaccine reactions are very rare, and the positive benefit of vaccines for the health of the nation is indisputable.

About Anapol Schwartz
Anapol Schwartz is a national leader in personal injury law. The firm has successfully litigated thousands of cases during the past 37 years. Anapol Schwartz attorneys have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in successful verdicts, settlements and judgments on behalf of their clients. Visit the Anapol Schwartz personal injury law website at www.anapolschwartz.com.

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