Zostavax lawsuits say Merck failed to warn its vaccine could cause side effects. Lawsuits claim people received Zostavax and later suffered shingles, blindness, autoimmune diseases and other related injuries. Other injuries include nerve problems, hearing loss, spinal inflammation and heart problems. Lawyers are accepting Zostavax claims. Some lawyers say they expect thousands of people to file lawsuits.
UPDATE: Zostavax lawsuits are in the early stages. People who claim Zostavax injured them filed the first group of lawsuits in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
People who say the Zostavax vaccine injured them are filing lawsuits. Lawsuits say vaccine maker Merck failed to warn the vaccine could cause side effects.
The vaccine uses a live, weakened form of the chickenpox and shingles virus. Lawsuits say Merck knew the live virus could cause shingles and other problems.
Zostavax litigation is ongoing. So far, there have been no trial dates set. Plaintiffs filed the first group of lawsuits in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Norman Sukkar was one of the first people to file a lawsuit. He filed his claim in August 2017 in New Jersey.
Less than five months after he received Zostavax, he woke up unable to walk. Doctors diagnosed him with acute transverse myelitis. He claims Zostavax caused his symptoms.
Attorneys expect to file many more complaints.
Zostavax lawsuits claim the vaccine can cause several injuries. If people meet certain requirements, they may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Depending on the injury, there are different criteria. There are also time limits for filing a claim.
A qualified vaccine lawyer can help determine if a person has a legal claim.
Merck sells Zostavax as a way to prevent shingles. But, some people who receive Zostavax may suffer shingles. According to lawsuits, this type of shingles is more severe and difficult to treat.
People claiming shingles from Zostavax must have received their shot after 2006.
Zostavax vaccine lawyers are accepting clients with a wide variety of injuries. These range from nerve damage to stroke.
People who suspect Zostavax injured them can contact a lawyer. Some lawyers offer free case reviews.
If a person has a claim, a lawyer can file a lawsuit on his or her behalf. Personal injury lawyers who handle Zostavax claims don’t accept fees unless they win a claim.
Each state has its own time limit to file a Zostavax lawsuit. These time limits are statutes of limitations.
Zostavax lawsuits are personal injury lawsuits. Most states give people two to three years from the date of injury to file a personal injury claim.
A lawyer can provide the exact time limits. It is important to contact an attorney right away to preserve the right to file a claim.
Lawsuits accuse Merck of several types of wrongdoing.
Because Zostavax claims are in the early stages, there are no verdicts or settlements. But, other vaccine injury claims have settled.
Most of these claims went through the government Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
Zostavax is not eligible for the VICP. But, lawyers are filing individual lawsuits for many of the same injuries.
There is currently no class action lawsuit for Zostavax. Lawyers continue to file individual lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs.
The majority of cases are in Pennsylvania. Lawyers say if the number of cases continues to grow a judge may join them in one court. The legal process is multidistrict litigation.
Zostavax claims are not the first lawsuits against Merck for faulty vaccines.
In 2010, former Merck scientists filed a class action suit against the pharma giant. The lawsuit accused Merck of faking tests for the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine.
The lawsuit said Merck lied to the FDA about the effectiveness of the company’s vaccine.
“The ultimate victims here are the millions of children who every year are being injected with a mumps vaccine that is not providing them with an adequate level of protection against mumps.”
In 2012, a clinic and two other physicians sued Merck.
“Merck has known for a decade that its mumps vaccine is ‘far less effective’ than it tells the government,” the lawsuit claims. “… it falsified test results and sold millions of doses.”
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