Jury Awards $12.6M in Teen’s Vaccine Error

January 16, 2012, by , Posted in News Articles, Comments Off on Jury Awards $12.6M in Teen’s Vaccine Error

The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 8:45 a.m.

MIAMI | A teenager who lost all four limbs because of a vaccination error has won a $12.6 million award in a lawsuit against the University of Miami medical school.

The Miami jury reached the verdict Friday in the case of Shaniah Rolle of Miramar, the South Florida SunSentinel reported. A judge will likely reduce the award because jurors found Shaniah’s mother partly at fault for not giving her enough medication.

Shaniah had her spleen removed as a newborn 13 years ago. She got a vaccine designed to prevent infections but the medication had expired five months earlier. Shaniah later got an infection that led to amputation of her arms and legs.

University of Miami attorneys had contended Shaniah would have gotten the infection despite the vaccine. An appeal is likely.

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