If you have suffered a severe shingles outbreak or other injury following the administration of Merck’s shingles vaccine Zostavax, call 1-800-590-4116 to speak to a McEldrew Young attorney about a potential personal injury lawsuit against Merck to recover the damages you have suffered. Rather than prevent the viral infection, Zostavax may actually trigger shingles in some patients, resulting in possible eye injuries, such as permanent blindness. and debilitating pain. If this has happened to you, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Zostavax for the prevention of shingles in individuals age 50 and over. However, a Zostavax lawsuit has been filed in Philadelphia by an individual that suffered side effects in close proximity to administration of the vaccine.
The first lawsuit against Merck over injuries caused by inoculation with the shingles vaccine was filed in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas in February. The plaintiff suffered a viral infection which resulted in an eye injury, high blood pressure and other side effects. An attorney for the Plaintiff told Law360 that he believes the “vaccine is at best 50 percent effect.” Other cases involving serious side effects such as shingles or opthamological injury may be viable.
For about one million in the United States every year, shingles is a painful return of the childhood illness chickenpox. It results from the varicella zoster virus, which lies dormant deep inside our body following chickenpox. In about one-third of adults, it returns in a painful skin rash known as herpes zoster. For some, neuropathic pain following shingles can linger for months or years after the virus has subsided. If the rash starts near the face or eyes, it can cause vision and hearing problems up to permanent blindness. Because many elderly are immune compromised, shingles can be a serious problem and the cause of debilitating pain.
If you have been injured following Merck’s shingles vaccine Zostavax, call 1-800-590-4116 to speak to a McEldrew Young attorney about a potential personal injury lawsuit.