Lawsuits are currently being filed across the country alleging that the Zostavax caused serious side effects, including the development of shingles, chicken pox, brain damage, and hearing loss. Plaintiffs allege that they were never warned about the potential risks associated with the vaccine and that they may have refused the vaccine if they were aware of these side effects.
The lawsuits further allege that Merck knew about these risks but failed to provide adequate warnings. If you have experienced serious side effects after having the Zostavax, you may be able to file a Zostavax lawsuit to get compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses.
How Many Zostavax Lawsuits Have Been Filed?
The Zostavax is a vaccination used to prevent the development of shingles (herpes zoster). It was initially approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006 and marketed by Merck as a safe and effective way to prevent shingles. However, recent reports indicate that there can be serious side effects, and a number of lawsuits have been filed against Merck.
Due to the number of lawsuits filed, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) ordered that the Zostavax lawsuits be consolidated into Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) No. 2848 on August 2, 2018. This will allow the cases to go through the discovery phases of the trial together, saving time and keeping litigation costs down. There are currently over 500 Zostavax lawsuits pending in MDL 2848, and this number is expected to grow as injured patients continue come forward.
What Zostavax Side Effects are Being Reported?
A number of serious side effects have been reported in connection with the Zostavax. A number of patients who received the vaccine developed painful shingles rashes. Others report having experienced nerve damage which resulted in brain injuries and even hearing loss. The most common side effects reported include, but are not limited to the following:
- Brain Injuries
- Hearing Loss
Contact an Experienced Zostavax Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been given the Zostavax vaccine and experienced serious side effects, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, among other losses. We work with experienced Zostavax lawyers across the country who are investigating these claims and may be able to file a Zostavax lawsuit on your behalf.
There are no legal fees unless you receive a settlement or award. Contact us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online for your free (no obligation) case evaluation.