This summer, attorneys from Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. were able to negotiate a $101 million dollar settlement for the family of an infant who suffered a severe reaction to the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine. (Attorney Diana Stadelnikas, an experienced Vaccine Injury attorney and former registered nurse, represented the child and her parents in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.)

“O.R.* was a one-year-old healthy baby girl who was already walking and climbing. On February 13, 2013, she received vaccinations for Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis A, Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib), Prevnar (pneumonia), and Varicella (chickenpox). That evening, the mother noticed baby O.R. was irritable and feverish. After a call to the pediatrician, the doctor advised Mom to give her Tylenol and Benadryl. The fever continued for several days and on the evening before the baby’s scheduled pediatrician visit, O.R. began having severe seizures. She was rushed to the emergency room. Baby O.R. went into cardiac and respiratory arrest and doctors placed her on a ventilator.

The seizures and cardiac arrest left O.R. with a severe brain injury, encephalopathy, cortical vision impairment, truncal hypotonia (low muscle tone), and kidney failure. After months of treatment at the hospital, baby O.R. finally went home, but her disabilities require specialized medical care and supervision around the clock for the rest of her life.”1

The large settlement (paid out through an annuity over her lifetime) will be used to pay for the little girls constant, high-level medical needs- FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE. 



Ms. Stadelnikas filed a claim with the Vaccine Court on behalf of O.R. “alleging the MMR immunization triggered the severe, but rare, reaction. Stadelnikas filed the case in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims against the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).”2 After reviewing the records and evidence, it was obvious and clear that the little girl was indeed entitled to compensation for her vaccine-related injuries.


Attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. have extensive experience (almost 20 years) representing people (from all 50 states) in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) and have offices located in Washington, DC, Sarasota, FL and Seattle, WA. (Their office in DC is located two blocks from the Vaccine Court.) If you have a vaccine injury claim and aren’t sure how to proceed, you can contact the attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. at (888) 952-5242 or go online to


Sources and References

  1. MCT Lawyers, July 17, 2018.
  2. MCT Lawyers, July 17, 2018.