If you’ve recently received a vaccine and now have shoulder pain or weakness, a limited range of motion, or a loss of sensation in the shoulder or arm, you may be suffering from a shoulder injury related to improper vaccine administration, also known by the acronym SIRVA. 

While many people have heard of patients having reactions to vaccines themselves, such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome following a flu vaccine,  some patients are not aware that vaccines can also result in shoulder injuries. 

Types of Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccines

Vaccines that are not given properly can result in a number of different types of shoulder injuries. These injuries can include damage to the muscles, joints, bursae, or tendons in the shoulder. Some of the more common types of shoulder injuries associated with vaccines include: 

  • Shoulder Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (also known as Frozen Shoulder)
  • Brachial Neuritis

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you suspect you may have sustained a shoulder injury from a vaccine, you should see your doctor as soon as possible to obtain a diagnosis and discuss treatment options. While some shoulder injuries or pain can be treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and rest, others may require physical therapy, steroid injections, prescription medications, or even surgery. 

Causes of Vaccine Shoulder Injuries

SIRVA is caused by trauma from the needle as the vaccine is administered. The needle may injure or cause inflammation of the tendons, muscles, or ligaments. Improper vaccine administration can include:

  • Injecting the vaccine at the wrong location on the shoulder (typically too high on the shoulder)
  • Injecting the vaccine too deep into the muscle
  • Improper angle of the needle
  • Use of the wrong needle length for the patient’s weight and/or body type

How to Protect Your Rights to Compensation

If you or a loved one has developed a shoulder injury after a vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. This program was created to compensate victims for past and future medical needs; pain and suffering; and lost wages in a swift and flexible manner without a lawsuit. 

An experienced vaccine injury attorney can make sure your injuries are thoroughly documented and gather the records, evidence, and documents needed to file a case with the vaccine injury compensation program. 

No Cost to You

In the case of vaccine injury, the services of Ward Black Law are free to you. All attorney fees and related costs are paid by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case contact us today by email, phone 1-800-531-9191, or online.

An Experienced Vaccine Injury Lawyer with a Strong Track Record

Nancy Meyers is the most experienced vaccine attorney in North Carolina. She has secured millions of dollars in recoveries for her vaccine clients. Nancy has a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill. She combines her legal expertise with scientific knowledge to represent vaccine-injured individuals. She is specially admitted to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Court that oversees vaccine cases. Along with the experienced team at Ward Black Law, Nancy can help you seek compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and unreimbursed medical expenses.