Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)

SIRVA manifests as shoulder pain and limited range of motion occurring after the administration of an injected vaccine. These 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. SIRVA is caused by an injury to the musculoskeletal structures of the shoulder (e.g. tendons, ligaments, bursae, etc.).

This sort of shoulder injury is usually the result of a flu shot injected too high on the shoulder. Each of us has what is called a bursa in our shoulder joints. The bursa is a fluid filled sac that helps the shoulder move and rotate. Administering the flu shot too high on the shoulder can puncture or damage the bursa resulting in a serious and painful shoulder injury.

Occasionally, the syringe can also be inserted too far into the shoulder muscle. Even if the bursa is not punctured, an injection made too deep into the shoulder can lead to other problems like painful tendon and nerve injuries.

Thankfully, if you develop a shoulder injury after getting a vaccine, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program covers it. Contact our vaccine injury lawyers if you have suffered from a shoulder injury as a result of a vaccine.

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.” 

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