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She formerly worked with a doctors' group in the 3900 block of South Grand Boulevard, where Strong received the second dose of medicine when he was four months old.Jurors gave Strong the full .5 million he asked for -- .5 million for past pain and suffering, million for future missed earnings and million for future pain.Dave Donovan, lawyer for the company, said it had long been known there was a slight but "unavoidable risk" to oral polio vaccine.Lawyers for Strong, who lives near Tower Grove Park in St.Louis, say he has limited use of his left arm and right hand.Strong, who currently works as a courtesy clerk at a Shop 'n Save in Maplewood, turned down ,000 from a vaccine compensation fund in order to sue, said one of his lawyers, Thomas Germeroth.
"It caused this boy to have the paralysis it was supposed to prevent. Also representing Strong was Stanley Kops of Philadelphia, who has sued American Cyanamid in other, similar cases.Kops argued that the company did not properly test its vaccines as it made them. Louis jury awarded a teen .5 million late Thursday for injuries he said were linked to a polio vaccination 18 years ago.The lawsuit alleged that Cortez Strong, 18, contracted polio after he received an oral vaccine as an infant.
Germeroth told jurors during closing arguments Thursday that the youth faces a grim future of low-paying jobs because of his handicaps.Strong sat in the back of the courtroom during the arguments. This jury should make (the company) lift him back up." Germeroth said proof of the vaccine's defect is Strong's condition.