Product Liability Lawyer Reviews Defective Vaccine Injury for plaintiffs nationwide


Vaccines are undoubtedly an important part of modern medicine. They have saved the lives of millions across the globe, protecting people from terrible diseases and illnesses like measles, typhoid, influenza, hepatitis, shingles, pertussis and others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccines have reduced preventable infectious diseases to an all-time low.

With that said, some newer vaccines, produced by for-profit laboratories and drug companies, have caused serious injuries. If vaccines are mass produced without being properly tested or controlled, a company may release defective vaccines, which can result in various adverse health consequences.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates vaccine products available on the market. If a series of complaints of injuries or safety concerns are verified by the agency, a vaccine may be recalled. If you have been vaccinated with a defective or recalled vaccine, and have suffered a related injury, seek medical assistance, and contact an experienced attorney to help recover the costs of medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of product liability claims against pharmaceutical companies. 


Injuries Associated with Defective Vaccines

Due to the most common method of vaccination, tissue and nerve damage injuries in the shoulder are the most common adverse effect reported. Needles can do damage if a vaccine is improperly administered too high on the upper arm. A needle may pierce the deltoid muscle and continue into the shoulder joint. The tissue damage from the needle can be exacerbated by an immune reaction to the injected vaccine, and can lead to inflammation that damages tendons, ligaments, and bursas. Other defective vaccine injury may include:

  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)—a neurological malady associated with some influenza vaccines
  • Anaphylaxis—a life-threatening allergic reaction from almost any vaccine
  • Intussusception—an intestinal blockage
  • Brachial neuritis (Personage Turner Syndrome)—an inflammation of the nerves supplying the hand and arm, which afflicts some tetanus vaccine recipients
  • Febrile seizures

Merck Targeted in Defective Vaccine Injury Lawsuits

Over the last decade, several product liability and personal injury lawsuits have been filed against Merck, alleging the company produced and sold “unreasonably dangerous” vaccines, which directly caused serious injuries after vaccination.

One class action defective vaccine injury lawsuit claimed Merck knew their shingles vaccine Zostavax could cause shingles, but failed to list this as a side effect until almost 8 years after the vaccine was approved by the FDA in 2006. Instead of preventing shingles, Zostavax caused several patients to contract a persistent strain of herpes zoster, resulting in painful outbreaks. The FDA and injured patients reported that Zostavax side effects could include:

  • Shingles
  • Chickenpox
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Eye disorders—possible blindness
  • Hearing loss
  • Liver failure

Merck has been involved in other defective vaccine-related recalls and lawsuits as well. In 2007, Merck recalled 1.2 million doses of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccines due to concerns about potential contamination with bacteria called B. cereus.

In 2013, Merck implemented a recall for the HPV vaccine Gardasil, due to the potential for a number of vials to contain glass particles as a result of breakage during the manufacturing process.


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Defective Vaccine Injury Lawsuits

In recent years, several vaccine lots have been recalled because of a possible safety concern. When a vaccine recall occurs and a safety concern is noted by the FDA or the manufacturer, people who were vaccinated should talk to their doctor. If a defective vaccine injury has occurred, it is prudent to contact an experienced attorney who can investigate the cause and assist in recovering compensation for injuries and damages that result.

The Lyon Firm is dedicated to protecting consumers in the face of dangerous and misrepresented medical products like various vaccines, including the zoster virus vaccines Zostavax and Shingrix. When drug companies fail to warn consumers of health risks associated with their products, they may be held liable for complications and injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered a vaccine-related injury, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding defective vaccine injury.