Sayville Zostavax Lawsuit Lawyer

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have been harmed or suffered death after receiving the Zostavax vaccine. Lawsuits against the manufacturer of Zostavax, Merck & Co., claim that the vaccine to prevent shingles carries an increased risk of serious injury, including blindness, paralysis, brain damage, and death, and lacks warnings about these serious side effects.

What Do We Know About Zostavax Lawsuits?

Shingles is triggered by the chickenpox virus, which can linger in the nervous system for years. If activated, it can cause painful blisters known as shingles. The Zostavax vaccine supplies a weakened form of the virus to stimulate immunity.

Several plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against Merck & Co. for severe injuries associated with its shingle vaccine. In July 2021, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania approved one of the first six bellwether cases in the multidistrict litigation against the manufacturer of the Zostavax vaccine. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle II denied Merck’s motion for summary judgment in order to resolve factual questions regarding Plaintiff’s knowledge about the possibility of contracting shingles after the vaccine. Nearly 2,000 cases are included in the federal litigation with almost the same number of cases filed in state courts in California and New Jersey.

Zostavax Injuries

Zostavax has been linked to a number of serious complications. In some cases, Zostavxa has led recipients to develop shingles, the disease it is intended to prevent. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that Zostavax may cause autoimmune disorders, brain damage, facial paralysis, blindness, heart disease, meningitis, paralysis, shingles in other areas of the body, and death.

Can I Recover Compensation for My Injuries in a Zostavax Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has been injured by Zostavax, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and
  • Other economic losses related to your injury.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 274-0139 or submit an inquiry on this page.

Zostavax and Regulatory Feedback

The FDA approved Zostavax in 2006 for persons 60 years and older with normal immune systems. Approval for the vaccine was granted to people between the ages of 50 and 59 in 2011. Zostavax was thought to be around 50% effective according to studies on the vaccine. In 2014, Merck included shingles as a complication of Zostavax after it received complaints that Zostavax caused severe side effects.

A new vaccine, Shingrix (manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline), was approved in 2017 to prevent shingles. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Shingrix in lieu of Zostavax because it is more likely to prevent shingles and presents less risk of serious complications.

Liability Law and Zostavax

  • Patients who received the Zostavax vaccine may have a claim for products liability for defective design against the manufacturer.
  • Merck may also be liable for failure to warn patients of the serious side effects of the Zostavax vaccine.
  • The FDA amended the label to indicate that Zostavax could cause shingles in December 2014, seven years after the vaccine received FDA approval.