Those who have suffered an injury from the Zostavax (shingles) vaccine remain ineligible for compensation through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program ("VICP"). However, new information has come to light and victims may be eligible to pursue a direct claim against the pharmaceutical manufacturer, Merck.
We are working with a law firm that is currently investigating the possibility of lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies involved in the production of the Zostavax (shingles) vaccination. The Zostavax vaccine has been linked to adverse side effects such as blindness, encephalitis, and the risk of stroke. The attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer are currently representing clients across the country who have suffered injury or serious side effects from the shingles Zostavax vaccine.
Merck developed the Zostavax vaccine for patients over the age of 50 to protect them against the chickenpox and shingles viruses, but the relatively new vaccine, which contains a 'weakened' form of the chickenpox virus (which can also cause shingles) has been found to be ineffective, causing a range of very serious side effects including shingles itself, the very virus that Zostavax was created to prevent.
Although the drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") in 2006, recent lawsuits claim that Merck was aware that the vaccine could in fact cause shingles. The drug is designed to keep the virus dormant and prevent the development of shingles, however, it seems to be causing the opposite effect.
As the Zostavax vaccine is comprised of a weakened strain of the shingles virus, the Food and Drug Administration states the vaccine itself only reduces the occurrence of the shingles virus in patients by 50%. Considering Zostavax is only one of two shingles vaccines currently available in the U.S., there may be a high number of patients who have received the vaccination and are at an increased risk to the symptoms and injuries listed below.
The shingles Zostavax vaccine has been linked to numerous injuries and side effects. If you or a loved one has received the Zostavax vaccination between 2006 and 2017 and suffered any of the following injuries up to six months after its administration, contact us immediately for a free consultation:
Other symptoms include meningitis, encephalitis, stroke, paralysis, Bell's Palsy, Acute Myelitis, wrongful death, and hearing loss.
If our vaccine injury lawyers can determine that you have a valid shingles vaccine claim, you could be entitled to compensation which would assist with paying medical bills, lost work wages, pain and suffering, and various other damages. All cases will be reviewed on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no out-of-pocket expenses to hire our team, and we receive no attorney fees unless the case is successful. To have you or your family members' case reviewed, request a free consultation and claim evaluation. If you want to learn more about our settlement victories for vaccine injury clients, click on the link below to see a detailed table for compensation amounts for various injuries and vaccines.