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Frequently Asked Questions About SIRVA

Vaccine Injury Pros Sept. 1, 2023

When a person suffers a shoulder injury or health complication after a wrongful vaccination, they may be entitled to recover damages. However, there are several collective popular opinions out there about SIRVA claims—many of which are simply untrue. Getting proper guidance is imperative when it comes to you and your future. 

You don’t need to go through this alone. At Vaccine Injury Pros, we are prepared to represent clients in their SIRVA claims. Our vaccine injury attorneys are available to discuss your personal situation and answer some of your frequently asked questions about SIRVA. In addition, we will help file your claims and attempt to recover your maximum possible compensation. No matter what issue you may be facing, we give each and every case the attention it deserves. 
From out office in Sioux City, Iowa, our firm proudly represents clients across the United States. Set up a free consultation to get started. 

Frequently Asked Questions about SIRVA

Is it Common to Be in Pain after a Vaccination?

It is completely normal to experience mild pain after a vaccination. This is often due to the tiny pinch from the vaccine injected into your arm. However, the pain or discomfort is usually mild and should last for a few days at most. 

What is SIRVA?

SIRVA is the acronym for Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration. It is a rare health complication that occurs when a vaccine is injected too high or too deep into the person’s upper arm or shoulder. 

What Causes SIRVA?

The most common cause of SIRVA is a wrongful or accidental injection into the subdeltoid bursa—muscle in the shoulder or upper arm. This could cause severe, prolonged pain or other injuries to the shoulder. 

What are Some Common Forms of SIRVA?

Some common forms of SIRVA include: 

  • Shoulder bursitis 

  • Tendonitis 

  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) 

  • Rotator cuff injuries 

Which Vaccines Can Cause SIRVA?

Some common vaccines that can cause SIRVA include: 

  • Vaccine for seasonal influenza 

  • Vaccine for tetanus immunization 

  • Hepatitis B vaccines 

  • Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccines 

  • Varicella vaccines 

  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines 

  • Hepatitis A vaccines 

  • Mumps, Measles & Rubella (MMR) vaccine 

  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine 

  • Chickenpox vaccine 

These vaccines are usually administered to adults in the shoulder. No matter what vaccine you’ve received, it’s important to get in touch with knowledgeable legal counsel to help you understand your options. 

How Do I Know When I Have a SIRVA?

Here are some common symptoms of SIRVA: 

  • Difficulty in moving your shoulder 

  • Reduced or limited range of motion 

  • Shoulder tendonitis 

  • Severe shoulder pain 

  • Intense pain in the shoulder 

  • Inflammation 

  • Stiffness 

If you experience any of these symptoms after receiving a vaccination, you should seek adequate medical treatment and reach out to your attorney as soon as possible. 

How Do Shoulder Vaccine Injury Occur?

As mentioned earlier, shoulder vaccine injury occurs when a vaccine is accidentally administered too deep or too high in the upper arm. Some common mistakes that may result in a shoulder vaccine injury include the following: 

  • Injecting a vaccine into the shoulder bursa or joint 

  • Injecting a vaccine too deep on the shoulder 

  • Injecting a vaccine too deep into the deltoid muscle 

  • Injecting a needle too deep into the arm of someone with low body weight 

What Can I Do About Having SIRVA?

If you have a vaccine shoulder injury, you should take the steps below where possible: 

  • Obtain and document a copy of the vaccine consent form. 

  • Report your symptoms and injuries and get prompt medical attention from a qualified physician. 

  • Follow through with your doctor’s treatment plan to deal with the shoulder vaccine injury. 

  • Document your medical reports, medical expenses, hospital visits, and treatments received. 

  • Document how the SIRVA has affected your day-to-day life and ability to work. 

  • Inform your insurer or the VICP

  • Retain a reliable lawyer to help file your vaccine injury claims and handle negotiations with the insurance provider. 

How a Reliable Attorney Can Help You

If you have suffered a shoulder injury after receiving a vaccination, hiring an experienced attorney is imperative to protect your rights. Your lawyer can review the facts of your case and determine how to proceed with your vaccine injury claim. Above all, an attorney can help you move forward during this challenging time. 

Get the Reliable Guidance You Need

Sustaining a shoulder vaccine injury can be a difficult and overwhelming experience. At Vaccine Injury Pros, we’re ready to protect SIRVA victims across the United States. Our team will fight vigorously for your legal rights and help you seek deserved compensation for your injuries and damages. 

Contact us at Vaccine Injury Pros today to schedule a simple, one-on-one case assessment. We’re proud to represent individuals and families when they need us the most. No matter where you are in the country, contact us to get started. We’re also honored to serve clients throughout the entire United States.