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Bursitis From a Flu Shot

This injury is called SIRVA

Shoulder bursitis can happen when a vaccine is administered too high or deep, going through the muscle and into the bursa.

 

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Shoulder Bursitis from a Vaccine

Bursitis is characterized by inflammation of the bursae, which are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate the joints, reducing friction between bones, tendons, and muscles. When these bursae become inflamed, typically due to repetitive movements, overuse, or injury, it can lead to pain, swelling, and limited mobility in the affected joint. Bursitis commonly occurs in areas such as the shoulder, elbow, hip, or knee joints.

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How do you tell if you have Shoulder Bursitis?

Bursitis is characterized by inflammation of the bursae, which are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate the joints, reducing friction between bones, tendons, and muscles. When these bursae become inflamed, typically due to repetitive movements, overuse, or injury, it can lead to pain, swelling, and limited mobility in the affected joint. Bursitis commonly occurs in areas such as the shoulder, elbow, hip, or knee joints. If any of the following symptoms arise after a vaccination, the initial injury may be bursitis caused by the vaccine administration:

  • Pain when moving the arm, especially moving the arm out to the side or behind;
  • Tenderness of the front and upper parts of the shoulder muscle;
  • Burning pain.

How is Shoulder Bursitis diagnosed?

In some cases, the shoulder pain will resolve on its own within a few weeks. If it does not, the pain is likely caused by an injury such as bursitis. A person suffering from a shoulder injury following a vaccination should see a primary care physician as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis.

Primary care physicians will likely refer the patient to an orthopedist specializing in these injuries. To diagnose vaccination-related shoulder dysfunction, the orthopedist will often prescribe an MRI of the injured shoulder. MRIs are the most useful diagnostic test for shoulder injuries. The MRI may show inflammation, fluid collection, swelling, tears, impingement syndrome, or rotator cuff tendinitis. After an orthopedic surgeon reviews the MRI, they can offer a diagnosis that usually includes one or all of the following:

  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Ulnar Neuropathy
  • Rotator Cuff Injury.

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What is the flu shot?

The flu shot, also known as the influenza vaccine, is designed to protect against influenza viruses that cause seasonal flu. Administered annually, the flu shot is formulated to target the specific strains of influenza viruses expected to circulate during the upcoming flu season. Having a shot administered by a healthcare professional helps minimize the risk of complications, including shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA), such as shoulder bursitis or rotator cuff tears.

How long is the recovery time for Shoulder Bursitis?

In mild cases, those injured will recover fully after physical therapy. Physical therapy is usually prescribed two to three times per week for around three months.

If physical therapy is not beneficial, the orthopedic doctor may recommend corticosteroid injections or an anti-inflammatory medication. These steroid injections relieve inflammation and help the patient regain some of their strength and mobility. In some cases, the injections will completely remedy the problem. In others, the relief may be temporary with the help of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary for injuries such as shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tendonitis or traumatic bursitis. The damage could be substantial enough to require removal of the subdeltoid bursa or repair of the tendons through surgical intervention.

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Should you report a Shoulder Bursitis vaccine injury?

You should first report your shoulder vaccine injury to your doctor so that proper treatment can be received as soon as possible. Because a shoulder bursitis vaccine injury classifies as SIRVA, those who have been injured may also report their injury to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a national vaccine safety surveillance program. It is important to contact a vaccine injury lawyer then to protect your rights in the case of a vaccine injury when filing in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

Can I seek compensation for a Shoulder Bursitis vaccine injury?

If you suffer a shoulder bursitis vaccine injury, you can seek compensation through the VICP. The VICP is a federal program in the US that compensates individuals injured by certain vaccines. This program aims to provide support without lengthy legal processes and covers various vaccine-related injuries. The government has paid billions of dollars to individuals with shoulder bursitis and other shoulder injuries caused by the administration of certain vaccines.

The attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer have handled many cases for SIRVA and can provide you with a free consultation to evaluate your case. You may also be compensated for the following: (1) reimbursement of medical expenses; (2) applicable lost wages; and (3) pain and suffering.

Reimbursement of Medical Expenses

The VICP will reimburse any medical costs incurred for treating the vaccine injury. Reimbursable expenses are limited to what the injured party has paid or will pay related to the injury and will not be applied to any portion of treatment paid for by a health insurance provider. The exception to this rule applies in cases where state Medicaid has paid for some or all treatment. Medicaid is the only entity that can subrogate against a compensation award for a vaccine injury. In light of this rule, the injured party must advise their attorney if they have been a Medicaid recipient during or leading up to treatment. In cases where catastrophic injuries have occurred and in-home nursing or home modifications are necessary, the VICP will estimate future expenses that an injured party will incur. Petitioners can recover damages for those medical expenses in addition to expenses they have already paid. This includes any costs incurred from visiting a physical therapist, receiving a cortisone injection, or undergoing a surgical procedure.

Lost Wages

If a vaccine injury or related treatment causes an injured party to miss work and lose income, the VICP will reimburse the party for those wages. Even in cases involving workers’ compensation, a petitioner can seek the difference between the benefits received through workers’ compensation and the actual wages lost. Standard pre-reimbursement tax deductions apply.

Pain and Suffering

Although each injured party experiences some degree of pain and suffering, the extent is largely determined by the circumstances of the claim. The key factors for determining a monetary value for pain and suffering can be narrowed down to symptoms, treatment and residual effects on an injured party’s life. The type and duration of treatment, coupled with the severity and duration of symptoms, speak to the injured party’s experience. Those factors and any residual or permanent effects on the party’s life are used to quantify the claim and determine an award.

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