Allen Schulman & Associates, L.P.A.
220 Market Ave. N. Suite: 740 Canton, Ohio 44702
Turner v. Children's Hospital, Inc.
Tiffany Nicole Turner suffered severe brain damage following administration of her childhood DPT vaccinations. After her first vaccination, Tiffany suffered several seizures. Despite this fact, her physicians continued with Tiffany's vaccinations.
Tiffany's parents retained Allen Schulman to represent them in a case against Tiffany's physicians. Schulman argued that Tiffany's seizures contraindicated further vaccinations. Moreover, Schulman argued that Tiffany's first physician was negligent in failing to advise other physicians of her reaction. The Turner's settled with the physicians for $1,000,000.
Cossette Krause also incurred brain damage after administration of her childhood DPT vaccinations. Again, these vaccinations were administered despite contraindications. Allen Schulman & Associates obtained an arbitration award of $2,000,000. The family subsequently settled with the treating physicians.
Lawyer welcomes new vaccine,
but wishes it had come sooner
As printed 6/10/98 in the Canton Repository.
CANTON- A local attorney who represented families left disabled by side effects from whooping cough vaccines is glad the federal government has approved a new vaccine that is suppose to be safer.
But Allen Schulman Jr. said American drug companies should have been manufacturing it long ago. Similar vaccines have been used abroad for 20 years, he said.
"The new vaccine is welcome, and should be positive for all parents," said Schulman, who practices in Canton and Columbus. "It's just too bad that a number of children had to suffer from injuries and side effects while waiting for drug manufacturers."
On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a long-awaited new whooping cough vaccine,- Connaught Laboratories"- Tripedia- to become the first alternative for parents worried about the side effects from vaccines now being used.
Studies showed Tripedia was at least 80 percent effective at preventing whooping cough while causing fewer cases of fever, irritability and swelling. Existing shots also can cause very rare but serious complications, seizures or brain damage.
The "acellular" vacciner uses only part of the whooping cough bacterium instead of the entire thing, making it safer. Schulman said that vaccine was first developed in Japan. In 1984, a Jackson Township family Schulman represented settled a medical malpractice lawsuit against four doctors for $2 million, Schulman said.
Larry and Claudette Krause claimed their then 7-year old daughter, Cossette, suffered irreparable brain damage from the vaccine she received as an infant. She was left unable to see, walk or otherwise function normally.
Schulman said he settled similar cases, including two in Columbus for $1 million and $500,000. In Youngstown an arbitration panel awarded $1.5 million to family he represented.
One of the arguments Schulman made was that a safer vaccine was being used outside the United States, and should have been in use here.
Schulman argued that drug companies didn't develop it sooner because they didn't want to pay royalties to Japanese companies that developed it first.