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Can you get nerve damage from a vaccine?

Vaccines such as the flu shot and tetanus shot can cause serious nerve injuries such as Ulnar Neuropathy. Ulnar Neuropathy symptoms may begin immediately after vaccination or may take a few days to arise. Our vaccine injury lawyers have handled a variety of neurological vaccine injury cases including Parsonage-Turner Syndrome and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, among others. A common injury seen by our firm is Ulnar Neuropathy. If you have ever bumped your “funny bone” resulting in a tingling feeling, you are familiar with the ulnar nerve. The ulnar nerve runs from the upper arm down to the fingers.

Ulnar Neuropathy is a disorder caused by impingement of the ulnar nerve. The impingement usually occurs either at the elbow or at the wrist. This impingement will result in numbness and tingling down the arm into the pinky and ring fingers. In addition, grip weakness, hand coordination, and finger coordination can be affected. To test for Ulnar Neuropathy, a doctor will often ask the patient to make an “OK” sign with the thumb and first finger. If the patient is suffering ulnar nerve impingement, they will be unable to make this symbol.


Treatment for Nerve Damage from a Vaccine

In milder cases, Ulnar Neuropathy treatment may consist of rest, maintaining a straight elbow (sometimes by using a brace), and performing certain exercises called “nerve-gliding.” In severe cases, surgery may be required to relieve the pressure on the nerve. Surgical options usually include cubital tunnel release or ulnar nerve transposition. The release surgery involves cutting part of the cubital tunnel to allow the ulnar nerve to pass through a larger space. The more common of the two (2) surgical options is transposition surgery, which is simply moving the nerve away from the cause of the inflammation/impingement. If you or someone you know has suffered a Neurological Injury or Ulnar Neuropathy from a vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, please contact us for a free consultation.


"I received a flu shot in the fall of 2016 and within a day noticed that the "normal" pain you get with the flu shot was not "normal". My shoulder and arm were aching and I could not move my arm behind me. Range of motion was limited. I had no idea about problems that could happen with the flu shot until after about a month of continuous pain, I decided to research and found out that this indeed can happen from the flu shot. I contacted My Vaccine Lawyer and was assigned to Amy Senerth. Amy was wonderful to work with. She requested doctor's notes and my previous medical history and kept me informed along the way as we filed a claim with the federal government that is assigned to these cases. It takes a long time to come to settlement, but Amy was always up to speed with my case and returned calls and emails promptly when I had questions. We finally settled, and I am pleased with the settlement amount. Thank you Amy and My Vaccine Lawyer for following through with my case!" - Ro from New Jersey



Vaccine Injury Lawyer Paul Brazil on NBC4 News

My Vaccine Lawyer's founding partner Paul Brazil was featured in an interview with Jodie Fleischer of NBC4 Washington about shoulder injuries from vaccines. These vaccine injuries are referred to as SIRVA, and side effects can vary among pain levels and side effects.


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Page last reviewed and updated: November 24, 2020

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