Zostavax manufacturer Merck Pharmaceuticals is facing numerous lawsuits accusing the company of making a defective product. Patients who have been harmed by Zostavax will be seeking a personal injury law firm for legal representation. Broughton Partners is a legal case generation firm that works closely with law firms to provide them will high-quality Zostavax lawsuit leads and other dangerous drug leads. Our leads are real cases with real plaintiffs looking for attorneys to help them with their Zostavax lawsuit.
Merck Pharmaceuticals’ Shingles Vaccine Is Harming Patients
Adults who had the chickenpox as a child are at risk for getting shingles. Nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime. Shingles is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus that presents as a painful, itchy rash and shooting pain. It can happen without warning and often affects only one side of the body.
Since it is such an unpredictable condition, people often get vaccinated to decrease their chances of getting shingles. There are a few vaccines on the market, the first of which was Zostavax. Zostavax is designed to prevent shingles, but many people who got the vaccine still wound up with the condition or suffered more severe complications. The FDA has found that the vaccine only works in 50 percent of patients, and will only last for about 6 years.
Broughton Partners Will Find Qualified Zostavax Lawsuit Leads for Attorneys
Our case generation services connect Zostavax injury attorneys with patients who need legal assistance. Potential plaintiffs will search online for legal information related to Zostavax lawsuits. Victims are looking to hire professional drug injury lawyers to get compensation for their injuries, medical bills, and lost wages.
Broughton Partners wants to help your law firm by creating an effective campaign for high-quality Zostavax lawsuit leads and providing you with potential Zostavax cases to increase your revenue. Victims of dangerous drugs such as Zostavax are able to find legal help via our network of websites and targeted online advertising.
Receive Fully Vetted & Signed Zostovax Lawsuit Leads
Broughton Partners’ goal is to provide law firms with case-ready Zostavax plaintiffs. The cases that we deliver to law firms are prepared with the necessary case information, documents, and history that you need to immediately start working on the case. The Zostavax lawsuit leads that are provided by our services are real victims who have legitimate Zostavax cases. Our innovative case-acquisition platform is always being monitored and optimized to track only quality Zostavax leads. We also have an in-house call center staffed 24/7 with highly trained multilingual specialists. Our industry-leading team and case-acquisition process allows Broughton Partners to deliver the Zostavax Lawsuit cases your law firm wants.
It can be difficult to find Zostavax lawsuit leads, especially leads that are high-quality and case-ready. Save time and let us do the work for you by examining potential Zostavax lawsuit leads and delivering only the best cases to your law firm.
Why Are Patients Looking to File Zostavax Lawsuits?
Zostavax was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006 to prevent shingles in people 60 years of age or older, and later in adults 50 years of age or older. Thousands of people have received Zostavax since it came to the market, and many of them have since filed lawsuits against the manufacturer after they experienced adverse reactions.
More than a hundred Zostavax lawsuits have been filed in federal court and consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Pennsylvania’s Eastern District. The lawsuits accuse Merck of manufacturing a defective product and failing to warn about its risks. Zostavax lawsuits continue to be filed in federal and state courts around the country.
Patients who have received the Zostavax vaccine and later developed shingles or other serious complications will need experienced dangerous drug attorneys to help them find financial compensation. Broughton Partners can help your law firm find potential clients who have suffered severe side effects and need help to hold the responsible parties accountable.
History of Zostavax Lawsuit
There are numerous negligent pharmaceutical companies that are protected under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The Act requires patients to file personal injury claims with the federal government. Fortunately, Zostavax isn’t listed in the Act and so victims who have been harmed by Zostavax use may file lawsuits in court.
Patients injured by Zostavax have received around $3.6 billion. The monetary award was due to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which is a no-fault alternative to the traditional legal system for resolving vaccine injury lawsuits. There have been cases where victims of Zostavax were able to win millions for their injuries the dangerous drug caused.
- 2014 – A women named Sarah Behie received a $4.5 million settlement with an expected lifetime payout of $11.6 million. Behie was given a flu shot which caused a rare severe allergic reaction that left her permanently paralyzed.
- 2013 – $5.9 million settlement was awarded to 49 victims in claims made against the highly controversial HPV vaccines manufactured by Merck Pharmaceuticals. This is the same company that manufactures Zostavax. The settlement award compensated victims who suffered severe injuries and death.
About Shingles and the Zostavax Vaccine
Zostavax (zoster vaccine live) is designed to protect adults ages 50 and older from shingles. It is manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Merck and is usually given in a doctor’s office or pharmacy. Adults receiving the vaccine are actually receiving a dose of the weakened chicken pox virus. It is intended to boost the immune system’s protection against herpes zoster, also known as shingles.
Shingles are caused by the same virus as the chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus). After children get the chickenpox, the virus retreats and lies dormant in the body for years. The virus will reactivate years later in nearly 30 percent of adults in the U.S. and cause shingles.
Shingles is a painful, itchy rash that often occurs on only one side of the body. Doctors are not sure why the virus can reactivate in adulthood, but some people choose to get vaccinated against the virus to decrease their chances.
Despite being the first shingles vaccine approved by the FDA, Zostavax is not the preferred vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Zostavax shingles vaccine is only shown to be about 51 percent effective.
The CDC prefers a newer vaccine called Shingrix over Zostavax. Shingrix is shown to be up to 91 percent effective, compared to Zostavax’s 51-percent effectiveness. While shingles is rarely a life-threatening condition, it can potentially lead to dangerous complications. These complications can include postherpetic neuralgia (PHN)—severe pain where the shingles rash developed, which can be debilitating and last for several weeks to months, possibly even years.
Zostavax does help protect against PHN, with clinical trials showing the vaccine reduced the risk of PHN by about 67 percent, but Shingrix still protected against PHN better than Zostavax, reducing the risk by over 90 percent.
In addition to PHN, shingles pose a risk for other serious complications. Adults who develop shingles may be at risk for:
- Vision Loss
- Hearing Loss
- Brain Damage
Adults with a weakened immune system and other risk factors may be at an increased risk for developing shingles. Adults who have had the chickenpox may be more likely to develop shingles if they:
- Have a disease that lowers the body’s immune defenses such as HIV or cancer
- Are 50 years of age or older
- Are under a lot of stress
- Have had physical trauma
- Are taking long-term medications that can weaken the immune system, such as steroids
Zostavax Side Effects
Zostavax may cause possible side effects, the most common of which occurs near the injection site. These adverse effects can include redness, pain itching, swelling, a hard lump, warmth, bruising, and headache.
Other possible side effects of Zostavax include:
- Allergic reactions – these can be serious and may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Hives at the injection site
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Rash, including at the injection site
- Swollen glands near the injection site that can last a few days to a few weeks
It’s possible for some individuals to develop a mild, chickenpox-like rash near the injection site after Zostavax. This rash should be covered until it disappears as a precaution. There are no recorded incidents of people getting chickenpox from someone who just received the shingles vaccine. It is safe to be around infants, young children, women who are pregnant, and people with weakened immune systems.
What Are We Looking For In Zostavax Lawsuit Leads?
Broughton Partners will only deliver quality Zostavax Lawsuit leads that are pre-qualified and match the case criteria specified by your law firm. Our team of specialists will be examining the eligibility of cases and whether or not a patient’s claim qualifies for a Zostavax lawsuit. The Zostavax lawsuit leads that your law firm will receive will have already been vetted and thoroughly qualified to ensure you are getting the cases you want.
The Zostavax lawsuit leads that Broughton Partners will deliver must meet the following criteria:
- Potential plaintiffs must have received a Zostavax vaccine after 2006 and have been diagnosed with shingles
- Potential plaintiffs must have experienced shingles at least 3 weeks after the vaccination date but within a year of receiving Zostavax.
- Potential plaintiffs must have experienced a Zostavax side effect injury within two years of getting vaccinated with Zostavax. Some of these injuries include:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
- Bell’s Palsy
- Brain Inflammation
- Cardiovascular disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Hearing loss
- Herpetic Neuralgia
- Postherpetic neuralgia
Cases where Zostavax was the cause of a patient’s death will be a wrongful death lawsuit and law firms will be connected with the family of the deceased who is looking to file a Zostavax lawsuit.
Is Your Law Firm Looking For Zostavax Lawsuit Leads?
Victims who have suffered injuries due to the use of the Zostavax vaccine are actively seeking experienced drug injury attorneys for legal representation. Broughton Partners’ case generation service connects your law firm with Zostavax lawsuit leads who are already qualified and signed.
If your law firm is looking to help more Zostavax lawsuit leads, then call Broughton Partners today at (855) 463-1735, or contact us for a free consultation. Our trained specialists will discuss how our Zostavax lawsuit case-acquisition process works and how Broughton Partners can get the prequalified Zostavax lawsuit leads you want.
- FDA. “Zostavax (Herpes Zoster Vaccine) Questions and Answers”, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/vaccines/zostavax-herpes-zoster-vaccine-questions-and-answers. Accessed May 20, 2019.
- CDC. “What Everyone Should Know about Zostavax”, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/zostavax/index.html. Accessed May 20, 2019.
- CDC. “What Everyone Should Know About Shingles Vaccines”, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/index.html. Accessed May 20, 2019.
- WebMd. “How is Shingrix different from Zostavax?”, WebMD, https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/news/20180212/new-shingles-vaccine_what-you-need-to-know. Accessed May 20, 2019.
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- NVIC. “Can Shingles Vaccine Cause Injury and Death?”, National Vaccine Information Center, https://www.nvic.org/vaccines-and-diseases/shingles/vaccine-injury.aspx. Accessed May 20, 2019.