Birmingham Zostavax Lawsuit

Zostavax is a vaccine intended for preventing shingles in adults 60 years of age or older. As a live-attenuated vaccine, it is essentially a weakened form of the live shingles virus, which once exposed to the immune system allows the body to develop immunity against it.

Unfortunately, rather than protecting patients from the harmful shingles virus, Zostavax actually causes patients to develop a more painful, more severe, and less treatable form of shingles along with autoimmune disorders.

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with various serious conditions or developed shingles anytime between 3 weeks and 12 months after the Zostavax vaccine was administered or within 2 years of the vaccine being administered, you should get in touch with Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP today for a free, no-obligation consultation to determine whether you are eligible for compensation. Our Birmingham dangerous drug attorneys can help through the process of filing a Zostavax lawsuit.

What Are the Negative Side Effects of Zostavax?

Zostavax is a shingles vaccine typically used for patients 60 years of age or older. It is at this age when the virus is most common. Shingles is caused by a dormant strain of chickenpox that can stay in the body for years, which eventually results in shingles.

Zostavax harnesses a weakened form of the herpes zoster virus, which is often referred to as shingles. The body fights the weakened version of the virus and is thus able to build immunity to the actual virus. The vaccine has been shown to have an efficacy rate of about 51 percent.

Immunocompromised patients, however, are often unable to fight the unweakened version of the virus administered via the vaccine thus resulting in a plethora of injuries that go far beyond shingles and chickenpox.

The negative side effects of Zostavax include:

  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swollen glands near the injection site
  • Contraction of shingles
  • Muscle/joint pain
  • Partial facial paralysis
  • Hives at the injection site
  • Contraction of chickenpox
  • Allergic reactions that may be serious and include difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome (muscle weakness, tingling in the upper body, arms, and legs, abnormal sensations)
  • Rash on the body close to the injection site
  • Pain, redness, swelling, itching, warmth, hard lump, or bruising at the injection site

Still, the symptoms above aren’t the only ones that have been reported by those that have received the Zostavax vaccine in Birmingham. The truth is that there have been many other more severe side effects reported that have prompted legal action against the vaccine manufacturer – Merck, which include:

  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Brain damage
  • Paralysis
  • Blindness or damage to eyesight
  • Death

Has Zostavax Been Recalled

Zostavax was first licensed by the FDA back in 2006 and it stopped being produced in the United States on July 1st, 2020. Clinics and pharmacies, however, were allowed to continue administering it if they had it in stock and it wasn’t expired, before or by November 18th, 2020. Zostavax was never recalled during the 14 years when it was popularly administered as a shingles vaccine.

Raised red bumps and blisters caused by shingles on skin and injection needle

Are There Lawsuits Pending Against the Manufacturers of Zostavax?

Over 100 lawsuits have been filed in federal court and consolidated in multidistrict litigation throughout the country against the manufacturer of the vaccine Merck & Co. The lawsuits accuse the company of not only manufacturing a defective product but also failing to warn users about its risks. Additional lawsuits are still being filed in both state and federal courts throughout the country.

The people that have filed lawsuits allege that Zostavax caused various serious injuries, ranging from hearing and vision loss to death. They have also claimed that the vaccine actually causes shingles, which is the condition it is designed to prevent. Other recipients of the vaccine have reported eye problems, paralysis in their limbs, brain damage, and even fatal liver failure.

The currently pending lawsuits against the manufacturers of Zostavax claim the following:

  • The company knew but failed to warn patients about the potential side effects of the vaccine
  • The vaccine has serious side effects, which include death
  • he company lied about the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine
  • The vaccine is faulty
  • The company continued selling Zostavax even though it knew that it had the potential to cause serious injuries
  • The company falsely claimed that the vaccine does not cause shingles

The pending Zostavax lawsuits are currently in the early stages and there are still no examples of verdicts and settlements. However, the qualified Zostavax lawsuit lawyers at Hare, Wynn, Newell, & Newton can help you determine whether you qualify for compensation from Merck.

If you or a loved one received Zostavax and later developed shingles among various other serious complications, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our experienced attorneys at Hare, Wynn, Newell, & Newton will help you navigate the legal process if you are eligible to file a claim.

Who Is Eligible to File a Zostavax Lawsuit in Birmingham, Alabama?

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with one of the serious conditions below or developed shingles between 2 weeks and 12 months of receiving the Zostavax vaccine or within 2 years of receiving the vaccine in Birmingham, Alabama, you could be eligible to file a Zostavax lawsuit:

  • Pneumonia
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Herpetic Neuralgia (Nerve disorder)
  • Hearing loss
  • Post-Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
  • Myelitis (inflammation of the spinal cord)
  • Vasculitis
  • Bell’s Palsy (Facial paralysis)
  • Serious neurological disorders or diseases, which include inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)
  • Vision problems such as acute retinal necrosis and blindness
  • Autoimmune disorders such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Meniere’s Disease Death, and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy,
  • Death

How Much Will It Cost to File a Zostavax Lawsuit?

All Zostavax vaccine injury lawsuits are handled by our qualified team of lawyers at Hare, Wynn, Newell, & Newton in Birmingham, Alabama on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will never have to incur any out-of-pocket expenses when you hire our law firm. We only receive an attorney fee after securing compensation for our clients.

How Can a Lawyer Help a Zostavax Lawsuit?

Whom you hire as your attorney may be the most important decision you ever make. It could mean the difference between a large verdict and a small settlement, between a quick settlement or a lawsuit that drags on for many years, and between collecting everything that you are legally entitled to or collecting nothing at all.

If you suffered serious side effects after the Zostavax vaccine was administered, you may have a legal claim against the manufacturer, Merck. The lawyers at Hare, Wynn, Newell, & Newton are currently representing clients in Birmingham, Alabama that have suffered serious injuries or side effects associated with the Zostavax vaccine.

Our lawyers have years of experience and a reputation for offering, personalized, compassionate legal representation for all our personal injury claim clients. We also have access to the resources, expertise, and manpower to fully investigate your circumstances, file a lawsuit if appropriate, and help you pursue the justice that you deserve.

Contact Hare, Wynn, Newell, & Newton

Zostavax was originally hailed as one of the most effective vaccines for shingles. Unfortunately, it has failed to live up to its reputation with numerous patients reporting that they suffered serious injuries and/or side effects after the vaccine was administered.

If you or a loved one suffered complications after receiving the Zostavax vaccine, you may be eligible to file a claim for various damages. All you need to do is get in touch with our qualified lawyers at Hare, Wynn, Newell, & Newton for your free, no-obligation consultation to see if you are eligible for a potential Zostavax lawsuit.

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