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What Louisianans Should Know About Vaccines and Shoulder Injuries

Compared with other medical procedures, vaccinations are fairly routine, which is why patients are surprised to learn that debilitating shoulder injuries can result from improperly administered vaccines.

In fact, the symptoms of SIRVA -- or Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration -- may include nerve damage, limited range of motion, frozen shoulder (inability to move the shoulder), torn rotator cuff, shoulder bursitis, shoulder tendinitis, and chronic and severe pain.

Why have vaccine-related shoulder injuries been on the rise?

While rare, vaccine-injury cases have increased significantly in recent years, though the exact cause of the rise remains unclear. What we know is that SIRVA commonly occurs when the vaccine is administered too high on the arm, where the needle goes into the bursa -- a sac that protects the tendons -- instead of the shoulder muscle.

Also, vaccines are easier to get now than ever before. Pharmacies, workplaces and even some grocery stores offer vaccines, and in these places patients don't remove their clothing. Instead, they pull their shirts down to expose the shoulder, often only the top part where SIRVA generally occurs.

And if you're like many people, you turn your head away while the shot is being injected, so it may not be immediately clear that the vaccine was administered too high. Often, though, the pain is sudden and severe, though symptoms may crop up in the days following the injection.

A lack of standardized training is a significant factor.

Given that doctors are not the only people administering vaccines these days, there needs to be more SIRVA-prevention training among pharmacists, medical assistants, nurses and anyone else authorized to give a shot.

The reality is that SIRVA can cause severe pain and loss of movement, and injured patients may require expensive and time-consuming physical therapy, as well as multiple surgeries to return to some semblance of normal life.

SIRVA is recognized as a compensable injury by the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Often people who suffer a vaccine-related injury feel pain and stiffness in the shoulder immediately or within a couple of days after the shot. If you experience side effects after a vaccination, then see a doctor as soon as possible.

Through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program -- or VICP -- you may also be entitled to receive compensation for your injury. VICP claims are handled in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and payouts to injury victims are funded with taxes on vaccines.

All legal fees associated with bringing a claim are also covered by the VICP, and people who have suffered vaccine injuries would be wise to contact an attorney who knows the claims process and can maximize the chances of recovering compensation.

Based in Mandeville, Louisiana, Schexnaydre Law Firm is one of Louisiana's premiere law firms handling vaccine-injury claims, and we can represent injured victims anywhere in the United States. For more information, please see our Vaccine Injury FAQ.

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