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Shingles. Paralysis. Partial blindness. Brain damage. Death.

All of these are potential side-effects Merck & Co.'s popular vaccine "Zostavax," which was designed to prevent shingles for people older than 50. In the last several months, thousands of complaints have been filed against the pharmaceutical giant by people who developed painful or dangerous conditions, accusing them of creating an unsafe product for public use.

If you or a loved one developed negative side effects after receiving the Zostavax vaccine, call an attorney right away. You may have an opportunity to hold Merck responsible for your condition and recover money to get treatment. To learn if you might have a case, call (888) 498-3023 or fill out our simple form to review your options with an attorney for free.

What Zostavax Is Designed to Do

If you have had chickenpox, your likelihood of developing shingles will increase as you age. Even if shingles is treated and heals, patients can develop chronic pain from the nerve damage the virus causes. That's why shingles vaccines are popular. Like some vaccines, Zostavax exposes the patient to a small amount of the live virus to allow your body to develop an immunity. In this case, Zostavax includes a small amount of the live shingles virus.

Ideally, Zostavax is supposed to reduce the chances of developing shingles and make the occurrence of shingles less painful. However, that has not been the experience of thousands of people who have taken the shingles vaccine from Merck since its approval in 2006.

The History of Merck & Co.

Merck & Co. was originally the American branch of a German company of the same name. The American subsidiary was established in 1891, but in 1917 Merck had become an independent American company. It is not only one of the oldest pharmaceutical companies in the United States, but is also one of the largest: Merck is the 7th largest pharma companies in the world.

One of the companies that would eventually merge with Merck & Co. started developing vaccine technology during WWI, when they immunized cavalry horses. The same company also developed the diphtheria antitoxin. Shortly after WWII, Merck & Co. opened subsidiaries outside of North America. As of 2009, Merck has 76,000 employees in 120 countries.

Why Call HHR?

When Pennsylvanians need help taking on giants, they call us. Handler Henning & Rosenberg has been fighting for the rights and security of our neighbors since 1922—only a few years after Merck became an American company. We've got the same history and pedigree that they do, except we work to preserve people's safety, not threaten it.

Over 30,000 Pennsylvanians have put their lives in our hands, and we've repaid that trust with millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. Turn to us now—let us help you stand up to Merck & Co. while getting the money you need to move forward.

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What You Need to Know

Potential Conditions:
  • Blindness

  • Partial Paralysis

  • Shingles

  • Brain Damage

  • Death

Damages You May Claim:
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  • Punitive Damages

  • Pain & Suffering

  • Emotional Distress

  • Wrongful Death

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