Case Model: Bolander

Bolander v. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services,
Office of Special Masters, No. 04-81V
Filed: May 31, 2006

  • Prevnar vaccine
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Entitled to compensation

Petitioners Christine Bolander and John A. Bolander alleged that the pneumococcal conjugate (Prevnar) vaccine that their daughter Katlyn Ann Bolander received on February 8, 2001 caused her aplastic anemia.

Special Master Laura D. Millman found that “[p]etitioners have made a prima facie case that Prevnar was a substantial factor in causing Katlyn’s aplastic anemia without which she would not have had the injury,” and that they were entitled to reasonable compensation.

The reasoning of the Special Master exhibits the following features:

    • The petitioners successfully established Althen Prong 1 by means of expert opinion based on case reports; and
    • The Special Master produced for the evidentiary record two papers.

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