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Vaccine Injury Law: Shoulder Injuries And SIRVA

The vaccine injury law attorneys at Downing, Allison & Jorgenson National Vaccine Injury Lawyers exclusively practice vaccine injury law. The legal team, led by Andrew Downing, helps clients across the country recover damages from vaccine related injuries, including SIRVA. Each lawyer on the team is certified through the U.S. Federal Claims Court; they can help if you are suffering from a vaccine related injury and are eligible for a claim with the Vaccine Injury Claims Program (VICP).

What Is SIRVA?

Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration, or “SIRVA,” appears as shoulder pain and limited range of motion occurring after the injection of a vaccine too high on the shoulder. The pain and other symptoms are thought to occur as a result of unintended injection of vaccine antigen or trauma from the needle into and around the underlying bursa of the shoulder resulting in an inflammatory reaction. It can be extremely painful. SIRVA is caused by an injury to the musculoskeletal structures of the shoulder (e.g., tendons, ligaments and bursae). SIRVA is not a neurological injury, and abnormalities on neurological examination or nerve conduction studies (NCS) and/or electromyographic (EMG) studies would not support SIRVA as a diagnosis. Therefore, if an individual has abnormalities on an EMG, there is likely a neurological injury involved rather than a SIRVA issue.  A SIRVA-type of injury will typically appear within 48 hours of receiving the vaccination.

What Is Needed For A SIRVA Claim?

A person injured by vaccination is considered to have a SIRVA claim if the person meets the following requirements:

  • There is no prior history of pain, inflammation or dysfunction of the affected shoulder prior to vaccine administration.
  • Pain occurs within a short period of time, typically within 48 hours of receiving the vaccination.
  • Pain and reduced range of motion are limited to the shoulder in which the vaccine was administered.
  • No other condition or abnormality is present that would explain the patient’s symptoms.

The vaccine injury lawyers at Downing, Allison & Jorgenson National Vaccine Injury Lawyers can help you file a claim with the VICP no matter where you are located in the United States. If you or someone you love is struggling with SIRVA, they can help.

Don’t Wait. Call Today.

There are strict filing deadlines for SIRVA claims made through the VICP. If you think you are suffering from SIRVA and think you may be eligible to make a claim, don’t wait. Call today at 480-701-0999 or send an email using the online form.