Claims for Shoulder Injuries Caused by Flu Shots

If you sustained a shoulder injury from administration of the flu shot, you may have a claim for compensation in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).  These injuries are often referred to as SIRVA (Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration).

About the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Although rare, vaccine reactions do occur and the results can be serious.  The NVICP was created to compensate individuals who suffer from injuries, reactions or illness caused by vaccinations.

Vaccine manufacturers pay a small tax on each vaccine produced.  The tax proceeds are pooled in the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund.  When an individual brings a successful vaccine injury claim, their compensation is paid from the trust fund.  The attorney fee is also paid from the trust fund.  Therefore, the attorney does not take any share of the victim's compensation unlike in a traditional injury lawsuit.

Compensation for Shoulder Injuries Caused by Flu Shots

Compensation has been paid to victims of the following shoulder injuries from flu shots:

  • Bursitis
  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff tear

In fact, the Deptartment of Health and Human Services has actually conceded that the flu shot caused the above injuries in many cases.  Prior to 2012, this was not the case.  However, the tide changed in March of 2012 when Dr. Tom Ryan, a medical offier from the Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation, presented to the Advisory Commission about the topic.

Dr. Ryan stated that there is clear and convincing evidence proving that vaccines can cause a variety of shoulder injuries.  The injury is usually caused by the needle penetrating the bursa, a sensitive area of the shoulder.  This causes an inflammatory response leading to any number of complications.  The Court of Federal Claims, which presides over vaccine claims, is now very receptive to shoulder injury claims.

If you suffered a shoulder injury due to the flu shot or any other vaccine, contact a vaccine lawyer to evaluate your claim.

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The author, Paul Brazil, is a vaccine injury attorney representing vaccine injury clients nationwide.