Zostavax is a type of vaccine for the shingles virus. The product is typically administered to patients 50 years and older. Recently, there have been various health concerns and side effects associated with the Zostavax vaccine.

Some Zostavax side effects include:

  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Hives
  • Fever/Nausea
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Eye disorders

Zostavax uses a weakened form of the shingles virus to help the patient build immunity to the virus. However, in some cases, patients have developed outbreaks of the shingles virus instead. Some have also experienced chicken pox outbreaks, as the mechanism for shingles is related to the chicken pox virus.

Other more serious side effects have included brain damage, blindness, paralysis, and life-threatening liver failure conditions. In particular, patients who are immunocompromised (have existing conditions with their immune system) may be subject to greater side effect risks.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Injuries Caused by Zostavax?

In some cases, manufacturers of the Zostavax vaccine can be held liable for injuries under a product liability theory of law. For instance, if their product was defective due to use of inferior quality substances in the vaccine, the manufacture might be held liable for injuries caused by such defects. Manufacturers of the vaccine may also be facing legal issues regarding fraudulent testing and manipulation of clinical results.

In other cases, a medical professional or pharmacy professional may be held liable for a prescription error or pharmacy error. An example of this is where a medical professional prescribes a Zostavax vaccine to the wrong patient. Another example is where the medical professional fails to consider the patient’s medical history, especially if the patient has a history or medical record of being immunocompromised.

Are There any Legal Remedies for a Zostavax Injury Claim?

Zostavax injury claims can often be complex and may require legal action to fully resolve any disputes. In these types of lawsuits, the legal remedy typically consists of a monetary damages award that is issued to the plaintiff. These damages may cover losses such as medical and hospital expenses, lost wages during physical recovery times, and other losses such as pain and suffering. In cases where wrongful death is an issue, additional damages may be rendered as well.

In some cases, a class action lawsuit may be appropriate if several people have been injured by the same cause in connection with Zostavax products.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with a Zostavax Lawsuit?

Zostavax lawsuits can be complex and may require a lawyer for help with representation. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need assistance with a case. Your attorney can provide you with legal representation and advice for your claim.