This term is defined as dysfunction limited to nerve plexus of the upper extremity (i.e., its trunks, divisions, or cords) known as the brachial plexus. A deep, steady, often severe aching pain in the shoulder and upper arm usually heralds onset of the condition. The pain is typically followed in days or weeks by weakness in the affected upper extremity muscle groups. Sensory loss may accompany the motor deficits, but is generally a less notable clinical feature. Atrophy of the affected muscles may occur. The neuritis, or plexopathy, may develop on the same side as or the opposite side from the vaccine injection; it is sometimes bilateral, affecting both upper extremities. Weakness is required before the diagnosis can be made. Motor, sensory, and reflex findings on physical examination and the results of nerve conduction and electromyographic studies must be consistent in confirming that dysfunction is attributable to the brachial plexus.
Not All Vaccines Are Covered
The Vaccination Injury Compensation Program mandates that only certain vaccines are covered. For a full list of covered vaccines, please click the link below. It is important to note that Lawyer’s fees are paid out of the Fund whether you win or lose, as long as the case was filed “in good faith and with a reasonable basis.”