Have you been diagnosed with shingles or postherpetic neuralgia as a result of receiving the vaccine Zostavax? If so, Merck & Co. Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the vaccine, may owe you compensation for your injuries.
It is often confusing and overwhelming when you hear about these types of cases and even more so when you try to determine if it applies to you. You owe it to yourself and your family to contact the team of experienced Zostavax attorneys at Wocl Leydon who are here to listen to you, explain the details of your case, investigate your case, explain your legal options and how their legal team will take action to help clients like you get the compensation and justice you are owed.
As you try to better understand your injuries and how you’ve been affected by receiving the Zoztavax vaccine, the experienced team at Wocl Leydon would like to share the following information with you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that about 1 in 3 persons in the United States will develop the shingles disease, also known as herpes zoster, in their lifetime, and approximately 1 million Americans get shingles every year. The CDC also recommends that people 60 years of age and older get the shingles vaccine to prevent shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).
Zostavax Lawyer Connecticut: Shingles Vaccine Complications
According to the CDC, a notable study of over 38,000 adults 60 years of age or older found that Zostavax reduced the risk of shingles by 51 percent and the risk of PHN by 67 percent. Shingles vaccine protection lasts about five years.
The CDC states that mild complications of shingles vaccine can include headaches, which affect about 1 in 70 people. About 1 in 3 people experience redness, soreness, swelling, or itching at the sites of their injections.
Other Zostavax side effects :
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Possible eye disorders
One of the most pronounced side effects of Zostavaxin people who receive the vaccine is still developing shingles. This can be debilitating and in could be fatal in some cases, particularly in older individuals.
An additional and common complication of shingles is PHN which can result in severe long-term nerve pain. Older people are more likely to develop PHN as a result of shingles than younger people with shingles.
The CDC also notes that Shingrix is the preferred vaccine over Zostavax to reduce the risk of developing shingles. Zostavax has actually caused some people to have unintentionally contracted shingles after being injected with the vaccine. And, it has been noted that Zostavax is only effective in about 51 percent of patients and presents some serious health risks and side effects.
Symptoms of Shingles Vaccine
In addition to contracting shingles, some of the most common side effects or complications of the shingles vaccine have included diarrhea, rash, and muscle pain. Some people may develop breathing difficulties or an irregular heartbeat. There have been other instances of more severe side effects including blindness, deafness, paralysis, neurological or cardiovascular damage, liver disease, and even death.
The glands near an injection site may swell for several days or weeks. Stomach troubles are another possible side effect, as well as pain or burning and sensitivity to touch and itching as well as a rash.
Understanding Product Liability Cases and How to Determining Liability for Zostavax
Most Zostavax lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer, Merck & Co Inc. Pharmaceuticals. The manufacturer is usually the primary defendant in product liability cases like these because it has an obligation to warn consumers about all of the possible risks associated with their product.
Product liability is usually based on a claim that a product was defectively designed, defectively manufactured, or failed to include a necessary warning about proper usage. These Zostavax claims may satisfy both the defective design and failure-to-warn aspects.
In some cases, it may also be possible for a doctor, pharmacy or other medical professionals to be held liable if they knowingly failed to inform the patient about the possible risks of using the defective product (drug), in this case, Zostavax.
Connecticut Zostavax Lawyer: Possible Damages
Based upon the severity of side effects you have experienced, various kinds of compensatory damages may be available. The two most common kinds of compensatory damages are economic damages for actual money losses that can be readily calculated and proven and non-economic damages for the kinds of harm that are more emotional or psychological in nature.
Economic damages generally provide awards for medical bills and lost income. Noneconomic damages may be awarded for pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life, and disfigurement. Punitive damages are also possible in the Zostavax context that could amount to a multiple of the economic damages.
Although Zostavax claims pose various complicated issues, some cases might be resolved through settlements rather than going all the way to trial. This process is very complex and difficult to navigate, so it is important to hire an experienced defective drug product liability attorney who is equipped to aggressively negotiate the most full and fair settlement possible on your behalf, as well as standing ready to file a shingles vaccine lawsuit if and when you all agree this is necessary. Given the high stakes involved, you need to consult with an experienced defective drug product liability lawyer to determine what course of action you should take.
If you or your loved one has come down with shingles or another condition as the result of receiving Zostavax, contact an experienced defective drug product liability attorneys at Wocl Leydon who have handled defective drug cases. Our team of attorneys at Wocl Leydon approach every case as though it is going to trial and works to help our clients achieve justice.
In many of these defective drug cases, victims have alleged that Zostavax caused them to suffer severe life-altering injuries, and families have reported that their loved ones have also died as a result of this drug.
The experienced Connecticut product liability lawyers at Wocl Leydon handle Zostavax cases on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to worry about paying us anything unless and until we have secured compensation on your behalf.
Our team, which includes Partner Brenden Leydon, Esq. who has focused his career specifically on complex Products Liability cases, and Attorney Jackie Fusco, Esq, RN, a registered nurse and attorney, who has spent her entire life caring and standing up for others, are ready to intensely and compassionately evaluate your case and discuss and explain all of your legal options to you.
We are here for you. So, call or contact us online or via live chat. Or, please call us on the phone as soon as possible before it is too late to schedule a free and confidential consultation about pursuing your Zostavax lawsuit.
Contact our Zostavax Lawyer in Connecticut for Help
Did you or your loved one develop shingles or sustain another vaccine-related injury because of the Zostavax shot? Wocl Leydon has the experience, skills, and resources needed to hold Merck & Co. and any other responsible party accountable for your pain, suffering, and injuries.
For nearly three decades, our team has a record of success for Connecticut residents that includes numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements. Our family-oriented attorneys establish a strong attorney-client bond from day one. Our fundamental priority is to fight for the maximum monetary recovery possible for our clients in court and out.
Call us or contact us by email or live chat to schedule a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our knowledgeable Zostavax defective drug product liability attorneys very soon. We are here for you and want to make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to receive your just compensation.