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Guillain-Barre Syndrome (Flu GBS), National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration or SIRVA

Pain Following Vaccination? Why Waiting to Seek Treatment Is Never the Answer

Individuals who experience pain following vaccination may be tempted to try to wait out the pain, rather than seeking early treatment by their doctor.  In fact, while vaccine-related injuries are relatively rare in comparison to the number of vaccinations administered in the United States, hundreds – if not thousands – of people suffer from vaccine injuries every year. In many cases, the resulting injury may have lasting effects, especially if not treated as soon as possible. Noted below are a few of the top reasons why waiting to seek treatment is never the answer for someone experiencing pain following vaccination.

1. You Could Have a Serious Injury.

There are a number of injuries that are now known to be linked to certain vaccines. Guillain Barre Syndrome (or GBS), – a serious condition that can lead to paralysis or even death, has been linked to the annual flu shot. Experiencing certain symptoms following the flu vaccination, such as; pins and needles sensations, difficulty walking, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, an inability to stand, walk or run, or difficulty seeing or breathing, may all be early warning signs of Guillain Barre Syndrome, or GBS.

In addition to the symptoms above, others may experience shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (or SIRVA). Vaccine-related shoulder injuries are not linked to any particular type of immunization, but rather arise as a result of the improper administration of a vaccine, which has occurred either too high on the shoulder, or has gone too deeply. Shoulder pain following a vaccination could be a sign of a rotator cuff tear, brachial neuritis, adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder, bursitis, or other types of vaccine-related shoulder injuries.

2. You Could Be Entitled to Financial Compensation.

If you have suffered a vaccine-related injury, you may be entitled to compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. In 1986, Congress established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to provide injured parties the ability to recover compensation quickly and efficiently.

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is a non-adversarial, no fault compensation program, designed to provide money to people who have suffered a vaccine injury.  In the Vaccine Program, individuals file a claim with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and doctors at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), decide if the case is eligible for compensation using criteria established by the Secretary of HHS.  All payments to vaccine injured parties are made from a Vaccine Trust Fund administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and funded by an excise tax on all vaccines sold in the United States. Unlike traditional lawsuits, individuals hurt by vaccines do not need to prove fault in order to recover for their vaccine injury; and the cost of your vaccine attorneys’ legal fees are paid separately by the Vaccine Program, and not by you.

Speak With Vaccine Attorney Leah Durant About Your Rights Under the VICP

At the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, our vaccine attorney is a skillful litigator who provides nationwide legal representation for individuals seeking compensation under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. If you or a loved one has been injured by a vaccine, contact the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC today for a free consultation.  Please call (202) 800-1711 or contact us online today, to discuss whether compensation may be available to you.

About Leah Durant

Leah Durant is a former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney who specializes in vaccine injury claims covered by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. These cases are filed before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (more commonly known as the “vaccine court”) in Washington, DC, where she has been admitted to practice since 2008. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Leah Durant is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Leah Durant’s legal practice concentrates on litigating complex vaccine injury and medical related cases. She has an extensive legal background and has experience representing individuals with complex medical claims.


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