As we reported earlier this year, the Vaccine Court in Washington D.C. has recently seen an increase in compensation claims involving shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (or “SIRVA”). If you are preparing to get vaccinated or have recently received a vaccination, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of these potentially-dangerous injuries.
“SIRVA” is a general term that encompasses a number of specific types of ailments. Some of the most common vaccine-related shoulder injuries include the following:
- Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
- Brachial Neuritis
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Shoulder Bursitis
While each of these medical conditions has a unique set of symptoms, the following five symptoms are generally indicative of a shoulder injury related to a vaccination. If you or a family member complains of any of the following symptoms after receiving a flu shot or other vaccine injection, you should see your doctor promptly, and then contact a vaccine injury lawyer about filing a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP):
Five Possible Signs of a Vaccine Shoulder Injury
1. Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain is often the first sign of a shoulder injury resulting from a vaccination. When injecting a vaccine into the shoulder, it is advisable for the individual administering the vaccination to place the needle in the central, thickest portion of the deltoid muscle. The needle should be at a 90-degree angle to the shoulder, and should not be injected too deeply below the skin. If the needle is positioned too high, or if the needle penetrates too deeply, this can cause a painful injury.
Most people who suffer vaccine shoulder injuries experience pain immediately. However, it is not unusual for pain to onset up to 48 hours following the injection.
2. Limited Shoulder Mobility
Limited mobility is another symptom that is common to many SIRVA injuries listed above. Limited mobility can either be pain-related or due to muscle inflammation or other factors common to a specific type of injury.
3. Swelling in the Shoulder
Most forms of SIRVA involve inflammation of the muscles, tendons, ligaments or bursae in the shoulder. If you are experiencing swelling following a vaccination, this could be a sign of a serious injury requiring prompt medical attention.
4. Muscle Weakness
Muscle weakness is a common symptom of most vaccine-related shoulder injuries as well. This weakness may be the result of damage to the muscles, ligaments or tendons in the shoulder, and could be a sign of nerve damage (or other issues) resulting from vaccination.
5. Numbness or Tingling Below the Shoulder
Nerve damage resulting from improper vaccine administration may also result in numbness or tingling in the hand and fingers below the injected shoulder.
Are You Experiencing Symptoms of SIRVA? Learn About Your Legal Rights
If you have experienced a shoulder injury related to vaccine administration, you could be entitled to compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). At the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, we represent individuals in vaccine injury claims nationwide. For more information regarding your rights following a vaccine-related injury, contact Leah Durant by calling (202) 800-1711 or go online to request a free consultation today.
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