Vaccines like 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, 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, she will be unable to make this symbol.
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 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.