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You may be able to file a shingles vaccine lawsuit if you have faced negative side effects from the vaccination.

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Zostavax Vaccine Lawsuit

Mr. Davis is an accomplished medical malpractice attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. He has received virtually every award and honor available to Georgia trial attorneys. He is one of the foremost experts on medical malpractice law in Georgia. Published on July 13, 2020, last updated on July 28, 2020.

Author: Jess Davis, Partner, Davis Adams

Lawsuits against Merck Pharmaceuticals have been mounting in recent years as more individuals step forward with allegations that the Zostavax vaccine, the Merck shingles vaccine, caused major, life-altering injuries. In addition to reports of acute side effects such as headaches, lightheadedness, and blurred vision, a worrying number of patients have developed a variety of irreversible illnesses and conditions several months after receiving the vaccine.

 

If you suffered major adverse effects from the Zostavax shingles vaccine, you might have a legal claim against the pharmaceutical manufacturer, Merck. The Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers at Davis Adams, LLC are currently representing clients who have been negatively impacted by Zostavax, and we are prepared to help you file a shingles vaccine lawsuit and fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, authorized Zostavax, the only shingles vaccine approved for recipients over the age of 50, an age when the shingles virus is more common. It’s brought on by an inactive varicella-zoster virus which can lay dormant in the body’s nervous system for many years. The infection, which reemerges as the herpes zoster virus, is usually characterized by a painful band of blisters on one side of the torso.

 

At the time, Zostavax was an essential advancement in combating shingles. It quickly became one of the leading vaccines utilized for individuals 50 and older over the next decade. Between 2006 and 2017, Merck distributed 36 million doses of Zostavax, earning around $685 million per year from the vaccine.

The Zostavax vaccine contains a live attenuated varicella-zoster virus, which is a weakened form of the chickenpox virus. This can trigger major negative side effects, including the very virus it’s designed to prevent — shingles. It was not until 2014 that Merck included shingles as a side effect for the vaccine.

 

Merck now faces allegations from consumers and malpractice lawyers in GA and elsewhere saying that they sold an unreasonably dangerous vaccine and that although they were aware of the vaccine’s defects, they continued to produce, advertise, and sell the product without issuing appropriate warnings, all at the cost of the health and safety of their consumers.

Side Effects of Shingles Vaccination

The Zostavax vaccine has been connected to a wide range of injuries and adverse effects. When the recipient’s immune system is not able to fight off the weakened form of the varicella-zoster virus, the body can be overcome by a range of negative reactions, including shingles and chickenpox, as well as several serious permanent or life-threatening conditions. 

Possible shingles vaccine side effects that may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit include:

  • Shingles
  • Post-Herpetic Neuralgia (this includes Allodynia)
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Aseptic Meningitis
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Neurological problems that appear at least seven days after receiving the Zostavax vaccine, including:
    • Encephalitis
    • Meningitis
    • Facial paralysis (this includes Bell’s Palsy and Ramsay Hunt)
    • Hearing loss
    • Balance problems
    • Cranial nerve palsies
  • Acute cardiovascular events (dysfunction within blood vessels), including:
    • Heart attack
    • Ischemic stroke
  • Cardiac issues, including:
    • Exacerbation of chronic heart failure
    • Cardiomyopathy
  • Vision problems, including:
    • Vision loss
    • Eye infections
    • Retinal damage
  • Pneumonia including other lung issues
  • Skin infections including bacterial superinfection
  • Lupus
  • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)

If you or a loved one experienced any of these conditions following a shingles vaccine, contact a trusted medical negligence lawyer at our firm as soon as possible. We can help you pursue a shingle vaccine lawsuit and prove that your injuries were caused by Merck’s unsafe vaccine.

Side Effects of Shingles Vaccination

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Since Merck was aware of the above risks associated with the shingles vaccine, Zostavax, they had a legal duty to issue fair and accurate warnings about the severity of the dangers associated with the vaccine. The company’s inaction may be considered negligence, which has laid the foundation for dozens of Zostavax lawsuits throughout the nation.

 

The argument behind these lawsuits is that if patients and their doctors had been made aware of the vaccine’s defects and potential harms, doctors would not have recommended it and their patients would not have consented to have it injected into their body, and they, therefore, would have been able to avoid the negative side effects that came with the vaccination.

 

Shingles Vaccine Class Action Lawsuit

Numerous pharmaceutical companies are protected under the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which requires that clients file vaccine injury claims with the federal government. However, due to the fact that the Zostavax shingles vaccine is not a regular childhood vaccine, Zostavax is not listed in the act’s injury table, so Zostavax lawsuits must be pursued through traditional measures. A Zostavax claim lawyer from David Adams, LLC can help you in filing a Shingles vaccination lawsuit against Merck for its alleged negligence.

 

Filing a lawsuit for shingles vaccine injuries may help you recuperate payment for medical costs, lost earnings, disability, wrongful death, and more. Additionally, by taking part in a Zostavax lawsuit, you play an important role in holding Zostavax manufacturer Merck accountable for their alleged negligence and failure to caution patients about the adverse effects of the vaccine.

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If you or somebody you love experienced any serious side effects after receiving the Zostavax shingles vaccine, our lawyers want to speak with you. 

 

Standing among the highest-rated lawyers in Georgia, we have unmatched experience representing clients who were injured by harmful vaccines. With a sole focus on Georgia medical malpractice claims and more than $75 million won for our clients, we are uniquely qualified to hear your story and stand by your side in the pursuit of justice. 

 

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most powerful entities in the nation, but our team of lawyers and medical professionals can help amplify your voice and level the playing field. Contact us today to set up a free consultation and take your first step toward the road to recovery. 

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