What Is Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)?
There is no getting around it, shots hurt. First comes the prick of a needle, and then comes soreness or stiffness. Most of the time the pain experienced from a vaccination goes away after a few days, but on rare occasions the injury lasts far longer, leading to intense, prolonged pain, limited range of motion, and other shoulder-related injuries. Collectively these cases are known as Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration ( or SIRVA).
Are Shoulder Injuries Caused by Vaccines?
SIRVA or Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration is caused by the injection of a hypodermic needle itself, not by the specific contents of the vaccine injected. Improper vaccination technique or inappropriate needle length are believed to be the leading causes of SIRVA vaccine injuries. Though SIRVA is most often characterized by persistent and severe shoulder pain and limited range of motion, other issues, such as tendonitis, adhesive capsulitis (aka frozen shoulder), shoulder bursitis, and brachial neuritis, have also been reported after administration of a vaccine.
How Are Shoulder Injuries Treated?
In most cases, SIRVA can be treated with pain medication and physical therapy to alleviate inflammation and improve range of motion. While therapy can help to reduce symptoms of SIRVA, most patients continue to experience pain, even after treatment. In the most severe cases of SIRVA, surgery may be necessary to repair damage done to the shoulder’s ligaments and tendons, caused by a vaccine injection.
If you experienced SIRVA for an extended period of time after receiving a vaccination, you may be eligible for compensation from the federal government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which is the entity responsible for determining compensation for those who have been injured by certain vaccines. VICP claims may be filed on behalf of infants, children and adolescents, or by adults who experienced SIRVA.
Hiring an Experienced Vaccine Attorney for Your Shoulder Injury Claim
You do not need a vaccine lawyer to file a claim with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. However, since this is a legal process, most people choose to have a lawyer assist them. Though compensation can sometimes be automatic, it is more common that the vaccine injured person has to present evidence demonstrating a causal connection between the vaccine and the injury. The VICP can deny compensation depending on the specific facts of each vaccine case, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims determines which claims will be paid and how much each claimant will receive. It is possible that the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program will pay your vaccine lawyer’s fees and other legal costs related to your vaccine injury claim if you meet certain requirements, but the VICP will not pay the fees of petitioners representing themselves.
Contact Experienced Vaccine Attorney Leah Durant
Retaining an attorney who is specifically well-versed in SIRVA-related vaccine injury claims and has a thorough knowledge of the VICP is the best bet for an individual looking to recover compensation for their SIRVA condition. Vaccine attorney Leah Durant is a vaccine law specialist who works tirelessly to help people nationwide recover the compensation they deserve after a vaccine-related injury.
Keep in mind, the time period in which you can file for recovery is limited, so if you think you or a loved one is suffering from SIRVA as a result of a vaccine, the time to seek compensation is now. In very limited circumstances, the Courts may extend these deadlines, but the sooner you file a claim, the better your chances are at recovering compensation for your vaccine injury claim. Contact the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, today for a free, no obligation consultation.