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Are Pre-Existing Conditions Covered?

Richard H. Moeller July 22, 2020

Sometimes, we are contacted by a person who believes they have been injured from a vaccination but are not sure if they have a claim because they had a pre-existing condition.  For example, someone experiencing shoulder problems after a shot might tell us that they had previous treatment to the same shoulder, even prior surgery. In those circumstances, the important question is whether they had any symptoms at the time of the shot.

In 2019, in two separate Vaccine Program decisions, it was found that even where the person had pre-existing pathology of shoulder pain and treatment, but was not having any problems at the time of the shot, the persons were entitled to full compensation for their injuries.  The decisions are supported by at least two studies which discussed cases of patients who may be susceptible to shoulder problems, but were asymptomatic until provoked by trauma or other event, such as a vaccine shot. So while situations involving pre-existing conditions may be more complicated than the usual claim, they are not automatically rejected by the Vaccine Program. 

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or using our Live Chat feature on any of our pages.  And you can learn more about the VICP and the firm's representation of persons with possible Vaccine Injury claims by visiting the Vaccine Injury page and other articles in our Blog. You can also email us directly at RMoeller@MooreCorbett.Com or NNobbe@MooreCorbett.Com.