What is SIRVA?

Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) is one possible adverse event that might follow any vaccination administered into the shoulder. Reports of SIRVA have been growing in number for years, until it was just recently added to the Vaccine Injury Table. Shoulder injuries are now linked to 13 of the 17 vaccines on that table - a list which only stands to grow over time. SIRVA occurs when any vaccine is improperly injected into the deltoid muscles of the shoulder and injures either the shoulder joint or the fluid-filled bursa beneath the muscle.

SIRVA is an umbrella term which aims to incorporate a number of possible reactions. According to Widman Law Firm's medical of councel, Dr. Ken Del Vecchio (MD, JD), these reactions include, but may not be limited to:

  • Bursitis (inflammation of the bursa);
  • Acute Calcific Bursitis;
  • Tendinitis (inflammation of the connecting tendons);
  • Adhesive Capsulitis ("frozen shoulder");
  • Infection;
  • Tearing of the rotator cuff;
  • Brachial Plexus Neuropathy (Parsonage-Turner Syndrome)

Dr. Del Vecchio goes on to explain that severe pain and long-term paralysis could be expected as symptoms of some of these ailments, compromising one's ability to work and, therefore, quality of life and well being. With Acute Calcific Bursitis, following an injury to the bursa, calcium salts form and spell agony for the afflicted. With Adhesive Capsulitis, the joint capsule thickens and restricts movement and adhesions may form during periods of immobility. And, as with any vaccine, a non-sterile environment might lead to a bacterial invasion and subsequent infection.

As the shoulder is an intricate network of tendons and ligaments, it is not uncommon for multiple areas to be affected. It is not uncommon for these issues to be misdiagnosed which could lead to months or years of discomfort, pain, and trauma for the sufferer. Considering the complex nature of the shoulder, it is to be expected that treatments for SIRVA could also be very involved and may necessitate medications, steroids, physical therapy and even surgery.

Compensation for SIRVA

The seasonal flu shot is the most widely administered vaccine and thus accounts for most instances of SIRVA. That said, we recommend you choose a healthcare provider that is familiar with the risk of shoulder injury before receiving ANY vaccine. Further, in case of a suspected injury related to vaccine administration, we advise you to exercise your right to obtain accurate medical records from your healthcare provider (or, if the vaccine was given at a pharmacy, a receipt). These records will be necessary to prove your eligibility for compensation in vaccine court.

In just a short time, the VICP (Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) has already awarded an estimated $20 million to victims of SIRVA for loss of income and medical costs as well as pain and suffering. Considering there is currently $3 billion available to the VICP, we expect to see financial compensation for injured parties continue to grow. While the maximum amount awarded by the VICP is $250,000 for pain and suffering in any case, compensation for lost income and annual costs of living are not capped and may stretch into the million-dollar range.

If you suspect that you or a loved one have suffered from SIRVA, you should contact a vaccine injury attorney immediately as there is a strict three (3) year statute of limitations in which to file a claim - and once that window closes, it's closed forever. Federal claims court reimburses all attorney's fees and any money put forward by the claimant if the claim is valid, which means you'll never pay a cent.

DO NOT miss your opportunity to receive the financial compensation you deserve. Call Widman Law Firm, LLC at (609) 840-6337 for a free consultation today.