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Shoulder Injury Caused by Vaccine (SIRVA)

Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) is caused by an injury to the musculoskeletal structures of the shoulder- ligaments, tendons, bursa – due to injection of vaccine antigen, or from trauma from the needle entering the underlying bursa resulting in an inflammatory response. It is not a neurological injury. The injury can be a result of using too large of a needle gauge relative to the size of the person or injecting in the wrong area of the shoulder.

During the March 8, 2012 Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines, Dr. Tom Ryan presented to the audience regarding shoulder injuries following vaccine administration. Dr. Ryan indicated that evidence convincingly supports that any injection performed in the shoulder can cause a shoulder injury.

Dr. Ryan proposed that SIRVA be added to the Vaccine Injury Table as a “table injury.” Table injuries are injuries presumed to be caused by vaccination. When a petitioner suffers a table injury, the petitioner need not prove that the vaccine caused the injury; rather it is presumed that the injury was caused by vaccination.

Although shoulder injuries have not yet been added to the Vaccine Injury Table, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program does treat SIRVA claims as a quasi-table injury. SIRVA claims are put in the Special Processing Unit (SPU) which is a special “fast-track” type of litigation meant to produce quicker settlements. The SPU allows some cases to be settled in just a couple months. This is a welcome change for the hundreds (if not thousands) of people who are affected by SIRVA every year.

At My Vaccine Lawyer, our national vaccine attorneys represent clients who have suffered various shoulder injuries from vaccine administration including bursitis, tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, and brachial neuropathy, among others. We work with our clients to ensure they receive the best treatment available and work with some of the leading orthopedic surgeons across the country to further the understanding of the science behind SIRVA injuries.