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Everything You Need to Know About a Flu Shot Lawsuit

Many people have serious concerns about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, and the flu shot is no exception. In recent years, many lawsuits have been filed related to the flu shot, with plaintiffs alleging that the drug caused them injury or illness.

From claims of inadequate warnings about potential side effects to accusations of fraudulent marketing practices, these suits raise important questions about our right to informed choice regarding healthcare. This blog post will cover everything you need to know about flu shot lawsuits and how they may affect your decision-making process.



Vaccinations are an easy way to reduce the risk of bronchitis, pneumonia, and other illnesses caused by seasonal viruses. A flu shot is a vaccine that protects people from the serious medical complications of influenza. It's important to get vaccinated at least once yearly, as the virus strains can change annually and become more severe.


What is the flu?

Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a viral infection of your respiratory system. Various types of influenza virus strains cause it. Influenza symptoms can range from mild to severe and may even cause death in rare cases. The most common symptoms include fever, chills, body aches, coughing, and fatigue.


How is the flu shot given?

The flu shot is administered via needle and syringe, providing a simple yet effective protection. Typically, these injections are administered in the upper arm muscle or thigh. When receiving the vaccination, it's critical to adhere to your doctor's or nurse's instructions.


Flu vaccine side effects

The flu vaccine is generally safe and has a low rate of side effects. There have been reports that people may experience adverse reactions such as injection site infection, shoulder stiffness or pain, numbness in their extremities, paralysis, or autoimmune conditions. Possible adverse reactions include:

This is not a complete catalog of severe reactions that can be connected to the flu vaccine. Taking responses to the flu shot seriously is vital, as they could cause lasting damage—particularly in the shoulder area—or even death if ignored.

No matter if the flu vaccine is administered through a shot or nasal spray and whether it contains living or dead cultures, the likelihood of serious harm remains very low. However, due to its frequent mutation, flu shots are constantly adjusted to stay current with the virus. This makes long-term reviews more tricky, which is why vaccines undergo constant surveillance and assessment.

Can the flu shot cause sirva?

Receiving the flu shot via a needle into the shoulder can result in an inflammatory response referred to as Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA). SIRVA can occur when a vaccine injection is not done properly, either with an injection that is too high or too deep.


Symptoms of SIRVA after flu shots

  • Arm pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Intense, stabbing pain
  • Shoulder dysfunction
  • Limited range of motion
  • Lack of flexibility
  • Inflammation

Can i get nerve damage from the flu vaccine?

Guillain-Barre Syndrome is triggered when the body's immune system attacks its nerves. Vaccines contain specific viruses that target this condition and protect individuals from any harm it may cause. You could be eligible for compensation if you exhibit signs of GBS or nerve damage caused by a flu vaccine.

Flu shot lawsuits

If you have suffered a shoulder injury or Guillain-Barré Syndrome from a flu shot, our legal team could potentially aid you in getting up to $250,000 in financial compensation through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

What is the VICP?

The VICP (Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) is an important program to provide financial compensation to individuals who have suffered a vaccine-related injury or illness. The VICP helps cover medical expenses related to the injury and provides reimbursement for lost wages and pain and suffering damages which were incurred.

You must have sustained an injury or illness after receiving a covered vaccine to be eligible. The injury or illness must meet the United States Court of Federal Claims criteria. In most cases, filing a claim with VICP does not require a lawsuit against either the healthcare provider who administered the vaccine or the manufacturer.

How our vaccine injury attorneys can help

With our years of legal expertise, we have distinguished ourselves as a leading national law firm in vaccine injury cases. If you're suffering from any severe issues following the influenza vaccination, do not wait; reach out to us at once for your no-cost evaluation.

If you are considering filing a petition under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, you can rest assured knowing that your legal fees and costs will be fully covered by the program. This means that all our services come at no expense! On top of this financial assurance, we ensure every client receives personalized attention from their vaccine injury lawyer


Meet the Author

Paul Brazil - Founding Partner

Paul Brazil is a native of Dunmore, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Dunmore High School. For his undergraduate education, he attended Bloomsburg University where he majored in political science. He then went on to earn his JD from Widener University School of Law. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Brazil worked at a large Philadelphia civil defense firm where he litigated workers’ compensation claims and Heart and Lung Act cases. In 2012, he joined with his coworker Max Muller to form Muller Brazil. 

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