Zostavax is a shingles vaccine that contains a live chickenpox virus. In rare cases, it actually causes shingles or severe chickenpox infections. Another problem is that Zostavax only prevents shingles in 50% of patients.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Zostavax induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with a serious side effect, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Vaccine Injury Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
Zostavax is a shingles vaccine made by Merck & Co. It is the only shingles vaccine on the market that contains a live herpes zoster virus. The virus is “weakened,” which is supposed to trigger an immune response without actually causing the disease.
The problem is that Zostavax can actually cause shingles or chickenpox — the very same diseases it is supposed to prevent. Another problem is that Zostavax is only about 50% effective at preventing shingles.
In people with vulnerable immune systems, shingles and chickenpox infections can be devastating. Older patients are much more likely to develop excruciating chronic pain (postherpetic neuralgia) due to nerve damage in the skin. Shingles can also invade the eyes and cause permanent blindness.
What is the problem?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but we are not filing a Zostavax class action lawsuit. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits against Merck & Co. for people who were injured by severe side effects of the shingles vaccine.
Shingles Vaccine Side Effects
- Varicella pneumonia
- Hearing loss
- Encephalitis (brain inflammation)
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome
- Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
- Chronic pain
- Heart failure
About Class Actions
Class actions are useful when a lot of people need a refund after buying a defective product. However, they can have disadvantages for people with severe injuries. Members of a class action may have to accept “low-ball” settlements or higher attorneys’ fees.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
Zostavax is not a routine childhood vaccine, so people who were injured cannot seek compensation through the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Instead, they must file a lawsuit against Merck & Co. in civil court.
Our lawyers specialize in helping people who were injured by dangerous vaccines seek compensation. If you experienced a severe side effect of Zostavax, you could be eligible for compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, disability, and more.
Do I have a Zostavax Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Zostavax induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know had a severe complication of shingles or chickenpox due to Zostavax, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Vaccine Injury Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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