Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks tissues in the joints, in particular the synovium. The synovium lines the joints and eases movement. But when the immune system attacks the synovium, this can cause inflammation, which can cause pain. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect any joint in the body, but commonly manifests as pain and stiffness in the hands, wrists, legs, knees, and feet. Pain can also occur in the hips, shoulders, elbows, and ankles. These symptoms are often worse first thing in the morning. Chronic rheumatoid arthritis can also result in deformity of the joints, particularly in the fingers.
The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is often unclear. It can arise idiopathically (for no apparent reason), it can be caused by certain environmental factors, and there may be a genetic component to it. In rare cases, its onset has been associated with the administration of vaccines. The immune systems of a small minority of people are known to overreact to vaccines and cause the body to turn on itself. Because rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, there is always the potential that a vaccine may induce the onset of rheumatoid arthritis.
If you begin to experience the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis after a vaccine, give our experienced attorneys a call so we can evaluate whether you may be entitled to compensation.
Not All Vaccines Are Covered
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