When you receive a vaccination, it is not unusual to experience soreness or stiffness at the site of the injection – typically the shoulder. For most people, these conditions gradually subside on their own. But, what happens if they don’t go away? Or worse, what happens if you suffer a serious injury?
Vaccine injections can lead to various types of shoulder injuries. These injuries are generally classified as “Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration,” or “SIRVA.”If you or your child has experienced SIRVA, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the federal government.
Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)
There are several types of shoulder injuries that are closely associated with hypodermic vaccinations. These injuries result not from the vaccines themselves, but rather from issues during the injection. This means that you can experience SIRVA regardless of the disease for which you are being vaccinated.
Some of the most common forms of SIRVA include:
- Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder) – Adhesive capsulitis is characterized by severe stiffness and pain in the shoulder. Most cases can be resolved with medication and physical therapy, though surgery may be required.
- Brachial Neuritis – Brachial neuritis is characterized by inflammation leading to the sudden onset of shoulder pain, followed by weakness or numbness. These conditions may extend down the arm as well. Treatment options for brachial neuritis are similar to those for adhesive capsulitis.
- Reduced Range of Motion – SIRVA often leads to a reduced range of motion. This may prevent you from doing things around the house or being able to perform at your job. In severe cases, therapy may be necessary in order to restore muscle strength and fine motor function.
- Shoulder Bursitis – The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that serves to reduce friction between tissues in your shoulder. When the bursa becomes inflamed due to a vaccine administration error, the result is shoulder bursitis. In rare cases, the inflamed bursa can also become infected, potentially leading to sepsis.
- Tendonitis – Tendonitis involves inflammation of the tissue connecting the muscles and bones in your shoulder. Tendonitis can be extremely limiting for an extended period of time, and treatment can involve rest, medications, steroid injections and physical therapy.
It is important to note that the symptoms of many forms of SIRVA can come on gradually. So, keep your vaccination in mind if you start to experience pain, stiffness or inflammation in the shoulder where you received your injection.Even if some time has passed, you should not dismiss your vaccination as a possible cause of your shoulder injury. If you do, you may miss out on claiming financial compensation for your medical bills and other financial losses.
Contact the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC About Your SIRVA Claim
Vaccine injury lawyer Leah Durant provides legal representation for SIRVA victims nationwide. Under the federal government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, SIRVA victims are often able to receive significant compensation. To find out if you have a claim, call the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC at (202) 800-1711 or contact us online today.