Zostavax Lawsuit

Zostavax Vaccine

Our experienced California Shingles Vaccine Lawsuit attorneys are actively filing cases against Zostavax – for dangerous side effects including blindness, hearing loss, shingles and death. Call us today at 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation if you or a loved one developed shingles or other serious side effects after taking Zostavax.  You may be eligible for compensation. Let our Zostavax lawsuit attorneys provide a free case evaluation.

Why Are Zostavax Lawsuits Being Filed?

A multi-district litigation was recently formed combining over 50 Zostavax lawsuits against Merck and Bayer. These lawsuits allege the following:

  • Zostavax is unreasonably dangerous as designed;
  • Zostavax can lead to serious side effects or even death;
  • Merck failed to warn patients of Zostavax’s side effects;
  • Employees of Merck intentionally and knowingly misrepresented Zostavax’s safety.

Zostavax lawsuits have been filed for serious injuries including hearing loss, vision loss and death. The vaccine is even known to cause shingles – the condition it is designed to prevent. Acute retinal necrosis, seizures, limb paralysis, brain damage and fatal liver failure have also been reported. One lawsuit alleges a man who was given Zostavax lost the ability to walk shortly after receiving it. That man was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis, an uncurable inflammation of the spinal cord.

What Are Our Zostavax Lawsuits Based On?

Our Zostavax lawsuits include that the vaccine, as designed, is unreasonably dangerous. The design of the product is harmful to consumers.

Shingles Vaccine Lawsuit

zostavax vacine

You may qualify for a Shingles Vaccine Lawsuit claim if you developed shingles between three weeks and one year after receiving Zostavax. You also may qualify if you developed any of the following conditions within two years of receiving Zostavax:

  • Serious neurological conditions such as encephalitis
  • Stroke
  • Herpetic neuralgia
  • Pneumonia
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Myelitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Vision problems, such as eye infections, retinal damage and blindness
  • Hearing loss
  • Autoimmune disorders, such as Meniere’s disease, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy or Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Cardiovascular events
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Death

Available Compensation For Zostavax Side Effects

We are pursuing a financial recovery for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. We will also seek punitive damages against Merck for failing to warn patients about the vaccine’s side effects when they knew the drug was dangerous.  Call us today to see if you qualify.

Merck and Bayer can be held liable in a design defect lawsuit when:

  • The plaintiff proves the product creates a dangerous risk to users of the product, and
  • The dangerous risk happened while the product was being used for its intended purpose.

We also believe the manufacturers knew or should have known of the serious risks associated with Zostavax’s design.

Why The CDC Recommends Shingrix Over Zostavax

cdc zostavax

In 2017, a CDC advisory panel recommended the use of Shingrix over the use of Zostavax.  Zostavax has shown a 51% reduction in shingles. However, clinical trials have shown Shingrix to be around 98% effective in its first year and 85% effective over a three year period.

Studies have shown that Shingrix is 91% effective against post-herpetic neuralgia, compared to Zostavax’s 67% effectiveness against the same condition.

Zostavax uses a live, weakened form of the herpes zoster virus. Shingrix, however, uses a non-live piece of the virus, reducing the chances of an adverse reaction.

How Do Zostavax Patients Develop Shingles?

It seems counter-intuitive that a shingles vaccine would cause patients to develop shingles.

Zostavax utilizes a live, weakened form of the virus responsible for shingles. Patients who are immunocompromised find that their immune system is too weak to fight off the weakened form of the virus. This can cause the patients to develop shingles.

California Shingles Vaccine Lawyers

We are contingency lawyers who handle Zostavax lawsuit claims nationwide.  Therefore there is no cost to you unless we first obtain a recovery.  Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers is here to help if you or a loved one was injured by Zostavax. You will never be charged a fee unless we obtain a recovery for you. 

If you or a loved one developed shingles or suffered a serious Zostavax side effect, call today to speak with a member of our Shingles Vaccine Lawsuit team. You can use our live chat feature, complete the contact form on this page or call us at 1-800-718-4658 to request a free consultation.